Cameron University earns designation as a Certified Healthy Campus for second consecutive year

Cameron University has been awarded designation as a Certified Healthy Campus at the Excellence level – the highest level of designation – for the second consecutive year. The designation is awarded by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) in conjunction with the Oklahoma Academy, The State Chamber, and the Oklahoma Turning Point Council. Certified Healthy Campus is a program of the “Shape Your Future” campaign which recognizes college campuses and vocational technical schools that make a positive impact on the health of their employees and students.  The university will be recognized along with other designees during an awards luncheon in February.

“Cameron University is committed to maintaining a healthy campus environment that provides opportunities for students, faculty, staff and visitors to participate in fitness and wellness activities,” says Jennifer Holland, Vice President for Student Services. “New initiatives over the past year include the expansion of fitness offerings at the Aggie Rec Center and the initiation of a Family Fun Day which allowed parents and their children to participate in health and fitness activities as a family. We have also significantly increased the number of intramural sports opportunities for students and continue to look for other ways to introduce activities pertinent to a healthy lifestyle to our campus population.”

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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January 25, 2013

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