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February 2016

OSU-Tulsa Recognized as Certified Healthy Campus

Oklahoma State University-Tulsa has been recognized as a Certified Healthy Campus by the Oklahoma State Department of Health for the university’s commitment to making health and wellness a priority.

“OSU-Tulsa’s commitment to improving the health of our students, faculty and staff is evident through our efforts as part of OSU’s America’s Healthiest Campus initiative,” said OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett. “By investing in the health and well-being of our campus, we are ensuring that our campus community has the resources to live healthy lives.”

OSU-Tulsa received the award during the annual Certified Healthy Oklahoma awards luncheon on March 2 at the Embassy Suites Norman – Hotel & Conference Center.

The Certified Healthy Oklahoma program offers three levels of certification – basic, merit and excellence. OSU-Tulsa was recognized for excellence in implementing effective practices and policies that support a healthy campus.

“We are enhancing the physical and emotional health of our students, faculty and staff through the variety of successful programs that are available,” said Jeremiah Watkins, coordinator of OSU-Tulsa’s Wellness Center. “Our efforts are directed at helping people make healthy choices and maintain their personal wellness.”

OSU-Tulsa provides free membership for the campus Wellness Center to all students, faculty and staff. In addition to exercise equipment, the membership also provides access to fitness classes and wellness workshops.

In partnership with the OSU Center for Health Sciences, OSU-Tulsa also recently launched Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa. P3T is an extension of the popular OSU pet therapy program, providing an added wellness benefit.

The university has also engaged wellness ambassadors from departments across campus to develop health and wellness initiatives for students, faculty and staff. One popular initiative was the addition of a meditative labyrinth in the Main Hall Commons during the fall 2015 semester.

Certified Healthy Oklahoma program is a free, voluntary statewide certification aimed at showcasing businesses, campuses, communities, schools, congregations and other organizations that are committed to supporting healthy choices through environmental and policy change.

The program began in 2003 as a collaborative initiative of the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma State Chamber and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

For additional information about the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program, visit www.certifiedhealthyok.com.

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