USAO News Bureau

Lose weight, win prizes and make Marble pay

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dr. Dex Marble hasn’t lost his mind but, if he has his way, both his waist and his wallet are about to get a lot skinnier between now and April.

Marble, the vice-president of academic affairs at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, has pledged to donate $10 in scholarship monies to the USAO Foundation for every pound lost by a USAO student, faculty or staff member who enrolls in a program that had to be called Make Marble Pay.

In addition to the wellness benefits that sensible weight-loss will bring, participants will also be competing for one of two flat-screen televisions. A television will be awarded to the faculty/staff member and to the student who loses the most weight (measured in percentage of body mass lost) between the time that they weigh in and April 22.

Nancy Hughes, dean of students at USAO, said that Make Marble Pay will be a “fun project to lose weight and get healthy, while helping the school to earn money for scholarships and helping yourself win a TV!”

Weigh-in for the program begins on Jan. 18 in the Health Services office on the first floor of Troutt Hall. Chris Basco, health services director, will conduct the weigh-in. In addition to ensuring that each participant is healthy enough to take part in the program, he’ll be available to offer counseling on the best techniques for safe and sustainable weight loss and answer questions that may arise related to the program.

All weight totals will be kept confidential with Basco and will not be shared with anyone else at any time.

There is no deadline to enroll in the program but the sooner one gets started, the longer he or she will have to lose weight and compete for the prize.