When I picked up January’s issue of Self magazine, I came across an article about where America’s healthiest women live and work. I wasn’t surprised to read an affluent suburb in Maryland received the overall healthiest city award. After all, CNN did give the town the number five spot on its 100 best places to live and launch a business last year. When I scanned the list of the top 10 unhealthiest cities, I was much more surprised. Not only is Oklahoma City ranked as the fifth unhealthiest city but Tulsa is ranked at seven. I know there are so many health listings, ratings and rankings, but it’s always disappointing to see your city on a “naughty” list.
On a brighter note, I’ve lived here my whole life and I know how dedicated Tulsans are to making our city a better place to live. For example, Karisha Arnett, this year’s chair of Tulsa’s Young Professionals (TYPros), plans to emphasize healthy lifestyles in the community. Arnett wants to incorporate education and healthy eating into the organization in hopes of improving the city’s health. I look forward to seeing us in Self magazine’s next issue of America’s healthiest cities. With health advocates like Arnett moving us into greener times (think more veggies), Tulsa certainly will achieve an honorable mention for biggest improvement.
- Andrea Leitch, editorial assistant