The Johnston County Health and Wellness Committee meets the last Wednesday of every month at 4 p.m. at the Johnston County Health Department. We work across all avenues of health including but not limited to physical activity, nutrition, tobacco prevention, mental health, prescription drug abuse, alcohol abuse, etc. The sectors we target include all county schools, businesses, faith based organizations, civic groups and communities at large.
The Johnston County Health and Wellness Committee operates the tasks of the Fit Communities Healthy Living grant received from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET). In 2011, the Health Department in partnership with the Tishomingo Development Team (TDT) applied for the grant. The grant is a five year term receiving funding from $90,000-$166,100. The grant promotes eating better, moving more and being tobacco free. In 2015, the Johnston County Health Department wrote for a Healthy Living grant again through TSET and received funding for another five years.
The Johnston County Health Department is home to the Johnston County Community Garden. At this time, we have four raised beds, two timed irrigation beds, and planting tubs. Plants grown include but are not limited to; radishes, beets, carrots, squash, zuccini, tomatos, peppers, strawberries, herbs, onions, etc. Produce is free to the community. At anytime residents can pick it, water it, weed it and enjoy it!!
The Health and Wellness Committee/Fit Communities hosts the Firefly 5k and 1 mile fun run to raise awareness about childhood obesity throughout Johnston County. All proceeds go back into the county to create a built environment where physical activity, nutrition, and tobacco prevention can become the norm.
We are the sponsors of the Hot Wheelz program. This program was created with donated bicycles from local residents. We spray painted the bicycles one color and put Fit Communities and the Shape Your Future logo on them. The bicycles are housed at the police station. County residents or tourists have the opportunity to check out a bicycle at no charge for a 24 hour period. If there is no wait list bicycles can be checked out for as long as possible. A lock and key as well as helmet is provided to all users. This program gives the opportunity for those who do not have a bicycle or cannot run, walk jog due to joint issues to remain physically active.
We are a partner to other local agencies in regards to the County Health Fair and the Annual Diabetic Conference.
The Johnston County Farmers Market is operated out of the Health and Wellness Committee. Come check out our friendly vendors and fresh Oklahoma grown produce at the corner of N. Byrd and Main St.