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Third Annual ‘Healthy Executive’ Challenge Promotes Workplace Wellness

Now Accepting Nominations for Senior Executives Who Lead by Example 

TULSA, OK – [March 14, 2016] – When it comes to wellness, it is all about leading by example. Today kicks off the third annual Healthy Executive contest. The contest is designed to recognize the top company executives who support their company’s worksite wellness policies and programs while maintaining their own personal commitment to health and wellness. This dedication provides both the inspiration and the opportunity for their employees to pursue wellness.

Individuals who hold the rank of an executive or in senior management (VP, COO, CFO) for a company in Tulsa County can be nominated as a Healthy Executive, whether that be a senior vice president who is an avid cyclist or a chief operating officer who packs a healthy lunch daily. The nomination period will close April 1 at 5 p.m.

“Many people spend most of their day sitting at a desk or inside an office. A workplace health program aimed at keeping employees healthy is a key long-term human asset management strategy,” said Vanessa Hall-Harper, manager of the TSET Healthy Living Program serving Tulsa County. “Senior executives have the opportunity and responsibility to lead the way for wellness within their company and community.”

Individuals chosen as a Healthy Executive will be recognized during a luncheon at the Make It Your Business conference on May 19. Visit to submit a nomination and view official rules. 
“Wellness is about doing something for your employees, not purely for productivity or financial motives. The return on investment for worksite wellness is not only clear in the literature but also as evidenced in organizations’ decreased health care costs, decreased employee turnover and absenteeism, and worker compensation costs,” said Dr. Bruce Dart, Tulsa Health Department executive director.

Previous winners of the Healthy Executive challenge include Dave Darcey, vice president of strategic development at Williams; Philip Kurtz, chief executive officer at CareATC; Dave Crowell, vice president of finance at Enovation Controls; Mark A. Gray, executive director for Inverness Village; and Bob Peterson, president of Melton Truck Lines.

The 2016 Healthy Executive Challenge is sponsored by the Tulsa Health Department and the TSET Healthy Living Program serving Tulsa County.

Healthy Living Program
The TSET Healthy Living Program serving Tulsa county is a grant-funded program which seeks to prevent and reduce tobacco use and obesity by working with businesses, cities and governments, schools, and community institutions and organizations, to help make the healthy choice the easy choice. The program is funded through a grant by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust. For more information visit

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