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UCO Named Certified Healthy Campus For Seventh Consecutive Year

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Jan. 18, 2019

Media Contact: Sarah Ward, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Communications, 405-974-2106,

UCO Named Certified Healthy Campus For Seventh Consecutive Year

The University of Central Oklahoma has once again maintained its status as a Certified Healthy Campus for the seventh consecutive year, recognizing the university’s efforts to promote health and wellness among its students, faculty and staff.

A part of the “Shape Your Future” campaign driven by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Central was awarded the highest level of certification, garnering the excellence designation. The program recognizes public and private campuses, and career technology centers that make a positive impact on the health of their communities.

As a part of Central’s Healthy Campus Initiative, students, faculty and staff work together to lead several efforts to encourage the campus community in health and wellness. UCO Health Promotion serves as the initiative’s hub, offering free suicide prevention training, substance and alcohol abuse prevention education, well-being programs and more.

“I am proud to be a part of the Central community as campus administrators, staff, students and faculty have recognized the importance of health, well-being and the impact wellness has in the classroom,” said Alex Russell, assistant director of health promotion and outreach.

“It is evident that Bronchos strive towards holistic health and that is what makes our students succeed both on campus and within the community.”

Central also strives for student success mentally, emotionally and physically both in the classroom and out by providing services such as the UCO Center for Counseling and Well-Being with free individual therapy appointments, group counseling and Calm Central, UCO’s new stress reduction room. The Wellness Center offers intramurals, sport clubs, adventure programs and Oklahoma Project WILD. Activities extend to the university’s Center for Outdoor Adventure Recreation located on Lake Arcadia, which houses the university’s fleet of kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards and mountain bikes for both rentals and one-on-one or group instruction.

Central is also one of only two universities in the nation designated as an Olympic and Paralympic training site, hosting the national Men’s and Women’s Sitting Volleyball teams along with athletes training in Paralympic archery, powerlifting, track and field, and the Olympic sport of taekwondo.

For more information on the “Shape Your Future” campaign and Certified Healthy Oklahoma, visit For more information on Central’s health and wellness programs, visit