The Lawton campus of Cameron University has been awarded designation as a Certified Healthy Campus for the fifth consecutive year, and CU-Duncan has earned the designation for the second year in a row. Both designations are at the Excellence level, the highest level in the program. The designation is awarded by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) in conjunction with the Oklahoma Academy, The State Chamber of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Turning Point Council. Certified Healthy Campus is a program of the “Shape Your Future” campaign which recognizes college campuses and vocational technical schools that make a positive impact on the health of their employees and students.
“Cameron University and CU-Duncan are committed to providing healthy environments for our students, faculty, staff and visitors,” says Dr. Ronna Vanderslice, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Designation as a Certified Healthy Campus in both Lawton and Duncan signals that our continuing efforts to encourage healthy and active living do indeed have a positive impact.”
The Oklahoma Certified Healthy Campus status recognizes post-secondary public and private institutions of higher learning and career technology centers for their outstanding efforts and achievements in actively creating a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors. Award recipients are recognized as leaders in their communities for going above and beyond to make health and wellness a priority.
The American College Health Association’s “Standards for Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education” helped set the criteria for the campus certification. To achieve certification, Cameron met specific criteria in categories, with 82 total criteria. Categories include:
- Alignment with the Missions of Higher Education
- Socioecological-Based Practice
- Collaborative Practice
- Cultural Competency
- Theory and Evidence-Based Practice: Tobacco
- Theory and Evidence-Based Practice: Nutrition and Physical Activity
- Theory and Evidence-Based Practice: Stress and Mental Health Issues
- Theory and Evidence-Based Practice: Alcohol, Drug, and Other Addiction Issues
- Theory and Evidence-Based Practice: Prevention and Safety
- Continuing Professional Development and Service
Cameron University activities and policies that factor into the Certified Healthy Campus designation includes status as a tobacco-free campus, workplace health and nutrition education, opportunities for physical exercise activities such as intramural sports, availability of health insurance for students, management support for healthy workplace environments, and sharing wellness activities, such as the Cameron University Community Garden and the Aggie Mile walking trail, with the community.
January 8, 2016