NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma has been selected as a Certified Healthy Campus for its ongoing efforts to improve the health of its faculty, staff and students.
OU achieved the highest of three levels of certification, which is “Excellence.” OU and other award winners will be honored at a ceremony Feb. 28 at the Cox Convention Center.
Certified Healthy Campus is a program of the Shape Your Future Campaign coordinated by the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, formed in 1997 to help transform public health in the state by working directly with community partnerships on health improvement initiatives.
A major new initiative at OU is Healthy Sooners, a program focused on tackling the four leading health issues facing the state: reducing tobacco use; positively impacting campus alcohol use; increasing physical activity; and developing new programs to increase campus nutritional habits.
The university has launched several new health programs during the past four years, including the annual Healthy Sooners 5K run, tobacco cessation assistance programs, and healthy eating and physical fitness programs for OU students, faculty and staff.
The Healthy Sooners program, a project between OU Student Affairs and Human Resources, is credited with making a significant impact in the health of OU's Norman campus community.
Some of the programs offered through Healthy Sooners include:
• A wellness incentive program called Well on Target, launched this year, offering personalized tools and resources to help all members, no matter their health or fitness level.
• A weight-loss program, open to all members of the OU community, that shows participants how to enjoy a full plate of food and still lose weight.
• Use of the university's Huston Huffman Recreational Center and Murray Case Sells Swim Complex.
• Discounted fitness center membership rates at select area fitness centers for OU Blue Cross members who join the Blue Cross Blue Shield fitness program.
• Departmental coed basketball games at Huston Huffman, open to all faculty, staff and retirees.
• Weight Watchers at Work programs.