Cameron University earns designation as a Certified Healthy Campus

Cameron University has been awarded designation as a Certified Healthy Campus at the Excellence level – the highest level of designation - by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) in conjunction with the Oklahoma Academy, The State Chamber, and the Oklahoma Turning Point Council. The designation is part of the Certified Health Oklahoma program, which recognizes Oklahoma businesses that provide health and wellness opportunities and are working to improve the health status of Oklahomans.

“Cameron University is committed to providing a healthy campus environment that benefits students, faculty and staff as well as visitors,” says Jennifer Holland, Vice President for Student Services. “As our students graduate, they possess not only the skills and abilities to join the professional workforce; they are also equipped with the knowledge and tools to maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

The Oklahoma Certified Healthy Campus status recognizes post-secondary public and private institutions of higher learning and career technology centers for their outstanding efforts and achievements in actively creating a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors.

The American College Health Association’s “Standards for Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education” helped set the criteria for the campus certification.

To achieve certification at the Excellence level, Cameron met specific criteria that includes providing employee health screenings, status as a tobacco-free campus, workplace health and nutrition education, opportunities for physical exercise activities such as intramural sports, availability of health insurance for students, management support for healthy workplace environments, tobacco use prevention activities, and sharing wellness activities, such as the Cameron University Community Garden and the Aggie Mile walking trail, with the community.

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March 7, 2012

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