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February 2011

Langston University Recognized for Healthy Environment


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A group of LU-Tulsa students assist with the blood drive held during the fall semester at Langston's Tulsa campus.

The classic Roman poet Virgil once said, “The greatest wealth is health.” If that is true, then Langston University has a growing abundance of wealth after recently receiving the 2010 Certificate of Merit from the Certified Healthy Business Program.

Langston University was recognized for a variety of positive procedures in an effort to provide healthy outcomes. Those include:
• publication of health information such as newsletters and the posting of printed materials;

• preventative pre-screenings through Blue Cross Blue Shield’s mobile unit;

• providing information on tobacco use prevention;

• offering nutritious options in the workplace;

• maintaining employee support programs;

• providing CPR training courses;

• supporting a blood-drive;

• and continuing to promote safety for employees and students.

“We feel we promote a healthy workplace and our faculty and staff have been very responsive to the programs we provide,” Celia Taft said. “Now we are focused on having even more participation in the programs we provide as we continue to build a healthy campus.”

The recognition was made through a collaborative effort involving the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, the State Chamber of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma State Department of Health. An awards recognition luncheon was held Jan. 20 at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club to honor those businesses that excelled in promoting healthy lifestyles.

“Langston University has gone above and beyond the call of duty to exemplify a healthy environment and healthy employees,” Langston University President JoAnn W. Haysbert said. “We appreciate the work of our employees in this regard as well as those who have recognized the efforts of Langston University with this award.”

Promoting wellness will continue to be a part of the daily routine for Langston officials as they continue to work on building an even healthier campus.

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