JANUARY 16, 2008


OSU-Tulsa named Fit-Friendly Company by the American Heart Association

Photo of male professor running on a treadmill.
Randall Popp, director of computing services, exercises in OSU-Tulsa’s Wellness Center. OSU-Tulsa was recently recognized by the American Heart Association for promoting health and wellness on campus.

Oklahoma State University-Tulsa has been recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) for promoting health and wellness on campus. OSU-Tulsa is the only university in the state that has been named a “Start! Fit-Friendly Company.”

Angelyn Holmes, OSU-Tulsa coordinator of campus life and wellness, accepted the gold-level award at a presentation this fall by AHA. Holmes said this recognition is the result of efforts by the OSU System to make OSU “America’s healthiest university.”

“OSU-Tulsa recognizes the importance of creating a healthy environment for our students, faculty and staff,” Homes said. “We care about the well-being of our community and will continue to develop programs and activities that promote a balance of physical, social and intellectual health.”

AHA created the Start! Fit-Friendly program to recognize employers who champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity in the workplace.

Holmes said that while being considered for the gold-level award, AHA took note of the indoor and outdoor walking routes, fitness facilities and intramural programs offered at OSU-Tulsa. In addition, the nutritious food options in OSU-Tulsa’s restaurants and vending machines and the health-risk assessments, education materials and programs at the Wellness Center were also praised.

Organizations must achieve specific goals in providing an employee wellness program to be named a Start! Fit-Friendly company. Other Tulsa-area companies that have qualified for the program include Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Hillcrest Medical Center, NORDAM, Williams and Admiral Express Office Supply.

To learn more about OSU-Tulsa’s Wellness Center and the health programs offered, call 918-594-8126.