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Southeastern receives “excellence’’ certification in Healthy Campus program

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University has been designated as a Certified  Healthy Campus and in doing so, earned the top rating of excellence.

The Certified Healthy Oklahoma Program is a free, voluntary statewide certification. The certification showcases businesses, campuses, communities, congregations, early childhood programs, restaurants, and schools that are committed to supporting healthy choices through environmental and policy change. These entities are working to improve the health of Oklahomans by implementing elements, policies, and programs that will help Oklahomans eat better, move more, and be tobacco free.

The Certified Healthy Oklahoma Program began in 2003 as a collaborative initiative with four founding partners – the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma State Chamber, and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

According to April Lehrling, director of student wellness services, Southeastern has been involved in the certified healthy program since 2011.  Among the initiatives the University has implemented to help meet the criteria of a healthy campus are:

Designated walking trails on campus

Increased tobacco/drug/alcohol/depression screening efforts in Student Health Services

Offered free fitness classes

Offered Intramural activities

Encouraged positive eating habits by offering choice of healthy snacks in campus vending machines

In addition, the University offers a popular “Commit To Get Fit’’ exercise program and is a tobacco-free campus.