St. Gregory’s Named Certified Healthy Campus
St. Gregory’s University has been named a Certified Healthy Campus by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The certifications were presented to St. Gregory’s at an awards luncheon Feb. 28 at the Cox Convention Center Central Ballroom in Oklahoma City.
The certification was earned as part of the state’s “Shape Your Future” campaign, which created the Certified Healthy program to recognize communities and schools that promote wellness, encourage the adoption of healthy behaviors and establish safe and supportive environments.
St. Gregory’s is one of only 28 colleges statewide to achieve Certified Healthy recognition in 2012, earning an Excellent rating as a Certified Healthy Campus and a Basic rating as a Certified Healthy Business.
David Thomas, director of St. Gregory’s Mabee Aerobics Center, said university President Gregory Main was driving force behind SGU being part of campaign.
“He was adamant about doing whatever we could from a health and wellness perspective to move forward, to advance, to be better,” Thomas said. “He was very aware of the correlation between healthy students and classroom performance from one perspective and from a healthy employee, healthy business perspective.
“Everybody can come to the consensus that being healthy is good, but very few organizations are willing to put in the time and the effort to follow through. I think it’s a big deal that St. Gregory’s is willing to put in the time and the effort to make health decisions in the big picture.”