About ONIE

Who We ARE

The ONIE Project is short for the Oklahoma Nutrition Information Education Project, and our mission is to improve the health and nutrition of Oklahomans by creating and disseminating nutrition and physical activity information and educational activities across the state, both online and in person!

Dr. Finnell Headshot
Dr. Karla Finnell |
Principal Investigator
Anna Restuccia
Anna Restuccia |
Hispanic Outreach Coordinator
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Erin Eckart |
Research Coordinator
Meredith Scott-Kaliki Headshot
Meredith Scott-Kaliki |
Program Manager
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Abbey Owens |
Martha Williams Headshot
Martha Williams |
Project Dietitian
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Stephanie DeBerry |
Nutrition Manager
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Andrew McCracken |
Communications Coordinator
Zeke Kresie Headshot
Zeke Kresie |
Project Dietitian

What We Do

Here at ONIE, we conduct many initiatives to help make it easier for Oklahomans to choose a healthy lifestyle. Here are a just a few examples of what we do every year:

  • Create quick, easy, healthy, and delicious recipes, which we distribute through our annual calendar and recipe cards to schools and other organizations across the state.
  • Assist farmers markets in the process of accepting SNAP benefits and helping them grow so that all Oklahomans have greater access to fresh produce.
  • Host FREE 5K Walk/Runs so that everyone has a chance to be physically active.
  • Conduct cooking classes and demonstrations, highlighting the importance of eating a well-balanced diet.
  • Develop online videos, blogs, social media posts and other print materials describing quick, simple tips for living more healthfully.

Where We Are Located:

We are physically located at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in the College of Public Health in Oklahoma City, although we are funded by a grant from the USDA through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to share our information and resources across the entire state of Oklahoma.

We Believe In:

All of our recipes are certified healthy by our registered dietitian on staff.
Our initiatives are guided by evidence-based practices in the field of promotional health sciences.

We test our messaging, recipes, and other materials and programs with real Oklahomans to assure they are meeting their needs. We continually evaluate and adapt everything we do to be more engaging and helpful to those we serve.

We promote the use of SNAP benefits to those who qualify, and work to make it easier to use them for fresh produce, providing families with the means to access healthy foods.

All our recipes are cost-effective and time-conscious, making them realistic for busy families and families on a budget.

We promote FREE resources, healthy lifestyle tips, and physical activity ideas whenever possible, so everyone can participate.

We are always expanding our networks to increase our impact on making Oklahoma the healthiest state it can be!

Join Our Partner Mailing List

Does your organization serve low-income Oklahomans? Join our partner mailing list so you and your organization can stay up to date on everything ONIE is doing and how you can be involved!

6 responses to “About ONIE

  1. Consider creating an About tab. I had to dig to find out who you were and what you are about 🙂 I saw your Instagram ad and was curious. Also consider showing us how you pronounce ONIE. Your initiative is awesome!

    1. Hi Brandi, thank you so much for visiting our website and for the feedback! We will make it easier to find out “About ONIE” as we update our website. ONIE is pronounced OH-NEE.

  2. Thank you for your information. I want to be healthy and help others to be as well.?

  3. when does the healthy program start in April and how do I get signed up for it. I have Diabetes and heart disease and would like some help in getting to a healthier weight

    1. Hi Cora,

      Thank you for your question! We do not have any cooking classes scheduled at this time. We do offer online resources for healthy cooking including our recipes and cooking videos. If you are in Oklahoma County, Total Wellness is a great program for learning how to make healthy food choices and lose weight. To register for this program check their website here: https://www.occhd.org/tw

  4. Please consider developing an app. I often use apps to find recipes on the fly. An app would expand your user base and make your site much easier to search.



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