Last October, in partnership with Oklahoma City-County Health Department, the YMCA OF GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY launched the OK5210 health awareness campaign. This campaign seeks to encourage people to get more physically active, reduce screen time, eat more fruits and vegetables, and drink more water.
To support our efforts to encourage a 5210 lifestyle, the Y is partnering with the local chapter of the Sierra Club and Transition OKC to bring TapIt to Oklahoma City. In launching OK5210, we found another organization also committed to the health and well being of individuals - namely around the consumption of water. TapIt water bottle refilling network is a nationwide network of cafes and eateries that let you fill your reusable bottle with tap water.
WHAT IS TAPIT?
- TapIt is a simple concept to get Oklahomans to drink more water while reducing reliance on bottled drinks that would otherwise end up in our landfills and streets.
- The Y wishes to advance the message environmentalists and public health advocates have been spreading for years around the importance of drinking more water for a healthy body, mind, and environment.
- The Y volunteers have, thus far, registered twenty local cafes, eateries, and coffee shops as the first TapIt locations in Oklahoma. Additionally, all Y locations in the Oklahoma City metro area will also become TapIt locations and allow anyone in the community access to drinking water. People can refill any reusable water bottle at participating locations for free and regardless of whether or not a purchase is made from that business.
WHERE TO FIND TAPIT LOCATIONS IN THE OKC METRO?
You can find all nationwide locations at TapIt’s website www.Tapitwater.com, mobile website, or iPhone application.
All TapIt locations will be designated with a TapIt sticker and flyer near the entrance of the establishment as well.
The Ys motivation to partner with TapIt is simple: (a) improve access to water, (b) influence our behaviors so that we stay hydrated, alert, and energized all day, and (c) assist in efforts to improve our environment.
TapIt will launch in Oklahoma City June 15, 2013 with the distribution of 2,500 FREE reusable water bottles to the community. Y locations can be found on the website www.ymcaokc.org. The Y expects to continue to grow the Oklahoma City TapIt network over the next several years.
If you have additional questions about TapIt, the Y, or how to become a TapIt location, please email Angela Jones, Director of Health and Wellness Initiatives at the YMCA OF GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY, at firstname.lastname@example.org.