J. R. Holder Wellness Center at Northwestern Oklahoma State University
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Wellness Center

The purpose of the Wellness Center is to provide an environment that will contribute to the process of wellness and further enhance the dimensions of being of multiple populations. The focus is on the process. Healthy lifestyles, rather than what a person can do, constitute process. If a person does the process (i.e., adopting a healthy lifestyle), positive changes will occur to the extent that change is possible for that person. Healthy lifestyles are within a person’s individual control. Any person can benefit from lifestyle change, and any person can change a lifestyle. These lifestyle changes will make a difference in health, fitness and wellness for all people.

The J.R. Holder Wellness Center is a 42,000 square foot facility that houses many features including an indoor track, racquetball courts, Cybex resistance equipment, and 15 pieces of cardiovascular equipment. Each locker room has ventilated lockers, showers, and a steam sauna. The Yvonne Carmichael Aquatics Center has a four-lane, 25-meter lap pool and a hot tub. Other amenities offered at the Wellness Center include personal training, massage therapy and exercise classes.

Mission Statement

Wellness is not simply a concept to be applied at an individual level, nor is it exclusive to those in the medical and health profession. Wellness is a continual process that should include Northwestern Oklahoma State University students, employees and citizens of the community. It should be cooperative efforts in helping people improve all five dimensions of being: physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual.


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Richard Burdick, Director
(580) 327-8109


Catherine Engelken, Assistant Director
(580) 327-8105

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday, 6 am - 9 pm
Saturday, 9 am - 3 pm
Sunday, 4 pm - 8 pm