Representatives from East Central University display two Certified Healthy achievements. From left to right are: Dr. Jerry Forbes, vice president for Student Development; Holli Witherington, human resources instructor and executive director of the Brandon Whitten Institute; Dr. Katricia G. Pierson, ECU President; Lisa Young, director of ECU Student Health Services; Wendy Streater, ECU Wellness Center Director; Lisa Letellier, LPN at ECU Health Services and Dr. Regina Robertson, professor of Human Resources.

East Central University received the highest certification level – excellence status – for a Certified Healthy Campus by the Oklahoma Turning Point Council and the ECU Administration and Finance Office achieved a Certified Healthy Business Merit Certificate, it was recently announced.

ECU obtained the excellence award based on scoring in 10 categories: alignment with the missions of higher education; socioecological-based practice; collaborative practice; cultural competency; theory and evidenced-based practice: tobacco; theory and evidence-based practice: nutrition and physical activity; theory and evidence-based practice: stress and mental health issues; theory and evidence-based practice: alcohol, drug and other addiction issues; theory of evidence-based practice: prevention and safety and continuing professional development and service.

ECU’s Office of Administration and Finance received the Certified Healthy Business Merit Status as based on scoring in nine areas: organizational supports, tobacco control, nutrition, physical activity, stress management, mental health, chronic disease prevention and management, occupational health and safety and health promotion.

The Certified Healthy Oklahoma Program is a free statewide certification, which showcases businesses, campuses, communities, early childhood programs, restaurants and schools that are committed to supporting healthy choices through environmental and policy change. These entities work to improve the health of Oklahomans by implementing elements, policies and programs that will help Oklahomans to eat better, move more and be tobacco free.


For Immediate Release: 

Contact: Brian Johnson or Amy Ford

                          East Central University Communications and Marketing

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