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Press Release

Release Date: March 26, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • Aiden Cole, a 4-year-old from Ada, gets his blood pressure checked at the Chickasaw Nation Health Fair.

To celebrate National Public Health Week -- the first full week of April -- the Chickasaw Nation will host mini health fairs 10 a.m. to noon at the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center and satellite health clinics in Purcell, Tishomingo and Ardmore.

The health fairs are open to the public at no charge and will highlight programs and services the Chickasaw Nation offers to promote public health.

Dates and locations include:
April 2 - Chickasaw Nation Medical Center
April 4 - Purcell Health Clinic
April 5 - Tishomingo Health Clinic
April 6 - Ardmore Health Clinic

Many booths are planned for the health fairs, covering topics like nutrition, fitness, mental health, physical health and more.

To conclude the week with a healthy activity, the Rabbit Run 5K is planned for Saturday, April 7, in Purcell. A one-mile fun walk will begin 8 a.m., followed by the full 5k at 8:30 a.m. at the Purcell City Lake, near the Purcell Multi-Purpose Building, 1400 Chandler Road. The event is open to the public at no charge.

For more information or to register for the Rabbit Run, contact Beth Cartwright at 580-559-0880 or email

Health Fair Booths

The Ada health fair will include all of the following booths, among others. Health fairs in Purcell, Tishomingo and Ardmore will offer a selection of four booths, differing per location.

Diabetes Care Center

The Diabetes Care Center provides medical, educational, nutritional and exercise services addressing diabetes prevention, foot care, retinal photography, dental hygiene and behavioral health.

Prevention Services

Prevention services works to improve the overall health and quality of life for Chickasaw citizens, families and communities by promoting emotional well-being and reducing mental illness and substance use problems through education. It addresses topics like suicide prevention and intervention, depression, stress management, substance abuse, methamphetamine prevention, tobacco prevention and cessation, mental health and more.

Define Your Direction

Define Your Direction seeks to inspire teens and young adults to be leaders in their communities and live healthy lifestyles apart from prescription drug and alcohol abuse. It is a movement of peers, parents, community leaders and educators to change the perception of alcohol and prescription drug abuse in Oklahoma communities. By educating teens and young adults about the dangers of both subjects, Define Your Direction is creating a generation of students eager to participate in their communities, live healthy lives and be positive role models.

Mobile Medical Unit

The Inchokma (Feel Well, Be Well) Mobile Medical Unit (IMMU) is a unique and convenient clinic providing access to health care throughout the Chickasaw Nation. IMMU is a fully licensed primary care health unit that provides access to health care for children, adults and families.

Ada Nutrition Services

Ada Nutrition Services offers nutrition information and support through the Food Distribution Program (commodities), Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (both summer farmers’ market checks and winter fruits and vegetables), Summer Food Service program, Get Fresh! cooking classes, and the Farm to School program. Dietitians are also available for consultation by phone or in person.

Tushka Fit

Tushka Fit is a CrossFit affiliate and offers CrossFit, circuit training, Olympic weightlifting and strength programming. Tushka Fit is an extension of Chickasaw Nation wellness centers. A membership for the Chickasaw Nation Wellness Centers includes access to this facility.

Chickasaw Nation Wellness Centers

By offering fitness education, weekly group classes and mentorships, Chickasaw Wellness Centers provide an inclusive and nurturing environment to improve health. Classes are designed to improve strength, mobility, flexibility and quality of life. The facilities are open to the public.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016