UCO Healthy Campus collaborates with stakeholders in the campus community to ensure that our campus is optimally and sustainably organized to support, strengthen and enhance health, enabling students and employees to achieve, learn, work and serve.
Through collaborative efforts across campus, the Healthy Campus Initiative hopes to create a culture in which the pursuit of a balanced lifestyle is valued, physical and mental health is fostered, and all members of the university community are encouraged to take responsibility for choosing to be well.
In addition, the UCO Healthy Campus Initiative provides student leadership learning experiences that frame the concepts of health and sustainability in a global context and challenge students to be leaders for a healthy and sustainable future.
The mission of UCO Healthy Campus is to promote a campus environment supportive of the development and maintenance of a healthy body, mind and spirit for all members of the University of Central Oklahoma community.
UCO Healthy Campus is a part of the Healthy People 2020 and the Healthy Campus 2020 initiatives. Healthy People 2020 are a set of national health objectives designed to promote health and prevent disease. The federal government creates these health objectives every ten years by working with an alliance of more than 350 national organizations and 250 state health, mental health, substance abuse, and environmental agencies. Healthy Campus 2020 focuses on the Healthy People 2020 objectives that are relevant to college campuses.
UCO Healthy Campus - a comprehensive wellness initiative - can have a significant impact on the health of the nation. According to the American College Health Association (ACHA), 26% of the people in the United States - 73 million - have completed at least four years of college and are likely to have received services from college wellness programs. Over 15.2 million students are pursuing advanced education in the United States.
UCO Healthy Campus provides the structure to facilitate a unique opportunity to influence the health and lifestyle of a substantial proportion of the citizenry now and in the future!