The World Health Organization defines health as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." UCO recognizes eight different dimensions of optimal health, with those being:
Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. To reach a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, an individual or group must be able to identify and to realize aspirations, to satisfy needs and to change or cope with the environment.
Health is, therefore, seen as a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capabilities. Therefore, health prmotion is not just the responsibility of the health sector, but goes beyond healthy lifestyles to well-being.
Health Promotion Activities:
-The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, First International Conference on Health Promotion, Ottawa, 21 November 1986
At UCO, we recognize that health and learning are interconnected. Therefore, health promotion on campus exists to support students and create healthy environments that will foster the learning process. The health promotion team is comprised of students, faculty and staff, professionals and community partners supporting a healthy campus for UCO. Specifically, health promotion efforts can include:
For more information about UCO Health Promotion please contact:
Brittney Criswell - Manager of Health Promotion