OSU Named ‘America’s Healthiest Campus’
Oklahoma State University, with their initiatives in becoming a smoke-free campus, hiring a full-time Chief Wellness Officer and implementing a nutrition program, has been named one of the healthiest colleges in America by Muscle & Fitness magazine.
Suzy Harrington, the Chief Wellness Officer, does everything that she can to host physically active events and plans programs that enrich the students, faculty and staff on the OSU campus.
“OSU needed someone to strategically coordinate all things wellness to enrich the lives of our employees, our students, and the communities, in which we live, learn, work, and play,” says Harrington in Muscle & Fitness February issue. “I am that someone! We intend to improve the health of our state by collaborating with the state health entities, and working collaboratively with other university systems to improve the health and well-being throughout all systems of higher education.”
Harrington also states that the campus' 32 eateries provides nutrition education, cooking demonstrations and nutritional labeling with their 'Choose Oragne' program.
“The Choose Orange program calls for the labeling of foods that follow the USDA Dietary Guidelines with a Choose Orange logo,” Harrington said.
OSU also has a 250,000 square foot performance studio for their student athletes and the Colvin Recreation Center, their campus community gym, receives 800,000 visits, hold 165 group fitness classes offered each week, more than 2,100 intramural teams and 7,600 games and nearly 33,000 group fitness participants.