Oakwood Celebrates Healthy Campus Week

Healthy Campus reading photo
Gloria Brooks, from the English & Foreign Languages Department, tries on a sleep mask given to participants in the STANDOUT Reading Club meeting.

The activities during Healthy Campus Week, September 19-23, 2016, followed the health principles outlined in STAND OUT (sunlight, temperance, adequate rest, nutrition, drink water, outdoors, use physical activity, and trust in God). Oakwood is utilizing the eight laws of health in order to foster a holistic approach to a healthy mind, body, and soul. The goal of Healthy Campus 2020 initiative is to make Oakwood University the healthiest campus in America.

The activities for Healthy Campus Week began with the Calorie Burn II Weight Loss Challenge Kick-off. Sponsored by Oakwood’s Public Safety Department, this activity is a spin-off of the “Biggest Loser.” Seven teams signed up to track how many calories would be burned, and how much weight could be lost through this challenge, which lasted through December 9. The winning team was announced at the Employee Christmas Party on December 14.

During the week, walkers could choose to meet at either 5:45 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. on two days of the week by the pond near the Oakwood University Church, for prayer, fellowship and exercise.

Pictures were taken of 30+ students engaged in some sort of exercise, such as hula hoop, jumping jacks, or push-ups, to encourage their classmates to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day. Participants used the hashtags #Healthycampus and #oustrong when photos were posted on various social media sites.

On September 23, Dr. Bert Connell, from Loma Linda University, lectured in the Foods Lab/Dining Room on the subject of “Health Reform in the Food Industry.”

by Shirna Gullo, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN

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