Both campuses of Cameron University have retained designation as a Certified Healthy Campus - the Lawton campus for the eighth consecutive year, and CU-Duncan for the fifth 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.
“Providing a healthy environment for Cameron University students, faculty, staff and visitors is a commitment that we take very seriously,” says Dr. Ronna Vanderslice, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “As such, we have numerous programs and initiatives focused on health and well-being in place. To retain this designation at the Excellence level at both our campuses is recognition that our efforts to encourage healthy and active living are relevant and beneficial to our various campus constituencies.”
The American College Health Association’s “Standards for Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education” helped set 82 criteria for the campus certification. Both the CU Lawton and Duncan campuses met more than 60 percent of the criteria required for Excellence designation.
Among the Cameron activities and policies that factor into the Certified Healthy Campus designation are status as a tobacco-free campus, workplace health and nutrition education, opportunities for physical exercise activities such as intramural sports, availability of medical and mental health services to 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. Additionally, the inclusion of health and wellbeing concepts as part of the core curriculum, established relationships with internal and external partners to improve existing health and wellbeing programs, numerous volunteer opportunities for members of the campus community, multicultural activities, services for veterans, and accessible indoor and outdoor spaces for those with disabilities, are just a few of the other criteria that Cameron meets.
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.
January 24, 2019