State Uses '5320' To Get Oklahomans Healthy

Monday, February 14th 2011, 9:27 am
By: News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The mystery behind those "5320" signs seen across the state has been revealed.

For weeks, Oklahomans have seen the number "5320" on billboards, water bottles, window decals and even at an Oklahoma City Baron's hockey game. The number refers to the 5,320 Oklahomans who die every year because the state does not meet the national health standards.

Gov. Mary Fallin and other state officials launched a campaign Monday to motivate Oklahomans to get healthier and to help save lives.  Oklahoma is currently 46th in the nation in state health rankings. The state ranks at the top when it comes to people dying of heart disease, as well as the number of people who are overweight.

State officials said the "5320" ad campaign was a way to rouse interest and get Oklahomans familiar with the number.  The next step is a new campaign called "Shape Your Future."  It's designed to teach Oklahomans how to live better lives.

Learn more about Shape Your Future.

"Health is important for our future as a state because not only does it affect our children and their learning in the schools, it affects our workforce and can affect lost productivity in the workforce.  It also affects our state budget," Gov. Mary Fallin said.

Part of the campaign also includes making sure children in sixth, seventh and eighth grades receive health education.