USAO named a Certified Healthy Oklahoma campus

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USAO named a Certified Healthy Oklahoma campus


Recognized as a leader in the community to make health and wellness a priority, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma was recently named an Oklahoma Certified Healthy Campus. 

Created in 2011, the Certified Healthy Campus program recognizes both public and private post-secondary campuses and career technology centers that provide health and wellness services to their faculty, staff and students. By creating this healthier environment, campuses can support better personal choices and positive behavior modification, in addition to policy adoption and implementation.

“This certification is an opportunity to highlight all the ways that USAO improves our community beyond its main mission as an educational institution,” said Nancy Hughes, dean of students. “We were scored across 10 criteria categories that gauged everything from alignment with the mission of higher education to cultural competency to theory and evidence-based practices in mental health, safety and other health subjects.”

The Certified Healthy Campus program is one of the subgroups of Certified Healthy Oklahoma, which also includes separate certifications for businesses, campuses, communities, congregations, restaurants, schools and early childhood programs.

Certified Healthy Oklahoma began in 2003 as a collaborative initiative between the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, Oklahoma State Chamber and Oklahoma State Department of Health. This free, voluntary statewide certification, challenges all Oklahomans to eat better, move more and be tobacco-free, as well as implementing policies to create healthier environments throughout our state.