Press Release

Release Date: June 27, 2006

Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • Chickasaw Nation Nutrition Center cooking class

ARDMORE-Ardmoreites may be a little more prepared for the summer swimsuit season with the arrival of the new Chickasaw Nation Nutrition Center. The open house celebrating the grand opening of the 10,000 square feet facility will be held today, June 27 in Ardmore.

The two million dollar nutrition center will provide many WIC (Women, Infant and Children) programs available to all women, infants and children found to be at nutritional risk, regardless of ethnicity.

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby said he was excited that the Chickasaw people can have a helping hand in providing a better, healthier community.

“Although our primary mission is to enhance the overall quality of life of the Chickasaw people, we are always looking for projects, like the nutrition center, that will benefit the health of the whole community,” Gov. Anoatubby said.

Programs and services include a food distribution grocery store with fresh produce, WIC, Farmer’s Market nutrition program, “Get Fresh” nutritional cooking shows, breastfeeding counselors and nutrition consultants.

Other amenities include an outdoor education area for grilling classes and a breastfeeding lounge.

Chickasaw Nation Nutrition Services Director Melinda Newport said this state-of-the-art nutrition center is the type of facility needed to promote healthy living.

“We want to invest in being proactive and promoting wellness, rather than treating diseases after they occur,” Newport said.

The nutrition center serves more than 3,000 people a month and was funded by The Chickasaw Nation and USDA Food and Nutrition Services.