Wellness program hits stride
As the program nears its midpoint, the Make Marble Pay scholarship/wellness initiative is giving every indication of surpassing last year’s effort.
Chris Basco, director of health services at USAO, is pleased with the rise in participation, especially among students.
“Currently, we have 115 people enrolled in the program which is an improvement over last year’s numbers,” Basco said. “The biggest shift has been in student engagement as we currently have 85 enrolled in the program.”
The Make Marble Pay program, now in its third year, encourages students, staff and faculty to lose weight in order to raise money for the general scholarship fund.
For every pound lost while participating in the program, Dr. Dex Marble, vice president of academic affairs at the university, will donate $10 to the scholarship fund.
Basco attributes rising student engagement to the opening of the Nobbs Wellness center.
“You can really see the difference when you visit the new Wellness Center as students are working out and recording their progress.”
Dr. Kathy Black, an alumna of the Oklahoma College for Women, recently made a matching pledge of $1 per student to the scholarship fund.
“I applaud Dr. Marble for his challenge to encourage wellness and weight loss among the student body,” Black said. “USAO has some of the brightest students in the state and they must live as a witness to all the people of Oklahoma that part of being a responsible citizen is practicing a healthy lifestyle.”
Black encourages other alumni to match her pledge in order to encourage healthier lifestyles and help to grow the general scholarship fund.
Black, who graduated from OCW with a degree in physical education in 1958, taught at El Reno High School for two years before earning her master’s degree in physical education and doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Oklahoma.
She is a professor emeritus at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she retired in May 2001 after 35 years of service.
Local businesses are providing incentives for students to continue their hard work. Basco holds drawings every two weeks from a pool of participating students.
Contributing businesses include Crazy 8’s, Dunn’s Food Center, Tans Unlimited, Lynn Natural Health Food Center, Subway, Bistro Lorene, Paw Paw’s and Taco Mayo.
Despite the potential threat to his bank account, Marble is excited to see the program growing.
“I am especially delighted that we have eight local sponsors contributing to the success of the program, which has at least two goals: first to promote health and fitness; and second to raise funds for scholarships to attract students to USAO,” Marble said.
”Every scholarship dollar promotes the reputation of Chickasha as the home of our nationally acclaimed curriculum.”
The Make Marble Pay program continues through April 12 with three mini iPads being given as grand prizes.
More information about the program can be found at projects.usao.edu/makemarblepay.