STILLWATER — A former military nurse who oversaw the U.S. Air Force's 74 health and wellness centers worldwide has brought her passion for well-being to Oklahoma State University.
Suzanne “Suzy” Harrington was chosen for the new position of chief wellness officer after a national search.
She is charged with overseeing all programs and operations involving the health and wellness of mind, body and spirit.
“Health is so much more than just one-on-one fitness,” Harrington said.
OSU offers programs and services for faculty, staff, students and members of its wellness facilities that include nutrition counseling, health risk assessments, group fitness, intramurals, adaptive sports, personal training and counseling.
“We needed someone to coordinate all these efforts and all the things we can do as we strive to be America's healthiest campus,” OSU President Burns Hargis said.
The goal is to keep OSU's community of 35,000 people healthy physically, mentally, academically and financially.
Hargis said Harrington is the perfect person for the job. She reports directly to the president.
She started one month ago and found OSU to be committed to its health initiatives — from the tobacco-free campus and ongoing health research to dozens of personal trainers and a new pet therapy pilot program.
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