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Wal-Mart, Southeastern promote health-fitness initiative

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Durant Wal-Mart store manager Chris Glendening, third from left, presents Southeastern president Sean Burrage with a donation of $1,000 to support the Healthly Halls program. Also pictured are, left to right, April Lehrling, Director of Student Wellness Services, Austin Blackwell, Residence Hall Assistant, Dorian Hooks, Residence Hall Assistant, and Dr. Kelly D’Arcy, Director of Housing and Residence Life.

DURANT, Okla. – The Durant Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation have partnered with Southeastern Oklahoma State University to sponsor the Healthy Halls Program.

Operated by the Office of Housing and Residence Life and Student Wellness Services, the Healthy Halls Program is a living-learning community that encourages Southeastern students to develop the habits that lead to a lifetime of healthy choices concerning diet and exercise.  Led by Resident Hall Assistants Austin Blackwell, a junior from Kingston, Oklahoma, and Dorian Hooks, a senior from Texarkana, Texas, the program hosts weekly information groups on healthy eating and provides opportunities for multiple types of exercise.

The donation from the Wal-Mart Foundation will provide participants healthy snack options and support exercise programs.  The Healthy Halls Program is operating concurrently with Southeastern president Sean Burrage’s campus-wide “Commit to Get Fit” initiative.

“We are very appreciative that Wal-Mart has agreed to partner with Southeastern on this important initiative,’’ Burrage said. “Southeastern is committed to the long-term health of our students and employees.  This donation will help students establish habits that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.’’