Northwestern named Certified Healthy Campus

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Northwestern named Certified Healthy Campus

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Enid Campus recently was notified that it was named a Certified Healthy Campus by the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Center for the Advancement of Wellness, a branch of the Certified Healthy Oklahoma Program, and will be recognized with a Certificate of Merit at an awards ceremony in Norman on Feb. 4.

The Certified Healthy Oklahoma Program is a free statewide certification that showcases organizations and communities that are committed to fostering environments that support healthy choices. 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.

The Certified Healthy Campus Program began in 2011 in order to recognize both public and private post-secondary campuses and career technology centers that promote health and wellness for their employees, students and visitors.

Candace Reim, student services coordinator for the Enid campus, and Stephanie Widick, registration office assistant for the Enid campus, spearheaded the initiative to become a certified healthy campus.

“I am very proud of this certification,” Reim said.  “Stephanie and I love being part of Northwestern and feel that this is just one more opportunity to spread the word about how great we are and what we have to offer. We hope that this certification will let people know that their well-being is important to Northwestern.”

The campus application consists of eight standards: integration with the learning mission of higher education; collaborative practice; cultural competence; tobacco, drug, alcohol, and mental health issues; health, wellness, safety; and professional development/continuing education.  

There are three levels of certification: basic, merit and excellence. The Certificate of Merit was awarded to Northwestern’s Enid campus. Northwestern’s Alva campus will be recognized at the same ceremony on Feb. 4 also for receiving a Certificate of Merit as a healthy campus and the J.R. Holder Wellness center as a healthy business.

For more information please contact Reim at (580) 213-3150 or