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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Tulsa among top 50 fittest college towns; OSU-Tulsa cited as healthy campus

Jeremiah Watkins, OSU-Tulsa wellness coordinator, gives away promotional items to students who can hold a plank for one minute during Welcome Week for the 2016 fall semester.

Tulsa was named among the top 50 fittest college towns in America by the Great College Deals website, which also mentioned OSU-Tulsa for its variety of health and fitness services available to students.

As one of the fittest college towns, Tulsa has a growing culture of fitness that includes more walkability downtown, numerous parks and green spaces, as well as its bike rental program called Tulsa Townies, the website noted. In addition, Tulsa has several large farmers markets that provides access to fresh produce, it said.

According to the website, OSU-Tulsa was included because of its proximity to downtown Tulsa and its fitness options as well as the university’s own emphasis on health and fitness through the OSU America’s Healthiest Campus initiative.

The OSU-Tulsa Wellness Center offers treadmills, recumbent bikes, weights and other exercise equipment available for use free of charge by students, faculty and staff who are enrolled to use the facility. In addition, there are yoga, Zumba, boot camp and Essentrics classes offered throughout the week. To view the fitness class schedule, visit the Fitness Studio.

The center also provides exercise and fitness opportunities such as fitness assessments, blood pressure screenings and fitness competitions throughout the year.

OSU-Tulsa also is located near the Osage Prairie Trail, a 14.5-mile biking and walking trail that begins just north of Lot A, the website noted.

"The Wellness Center's goal is to help students, faculty and staff be successful by helping them live a healthy lifestyle both on and off campus,” said Jeremiah Watkins, Wellness Center coordinator. “Healthy people are happy people. We want to help give people the best experience at OSU-Tulsa, whether it's a student of two years or a employee of 20.”

In addition, OSU-Tulsa recently joined Stillwater’s effort to provide healthier food options on campus through the Choose Orange campaign. Healthy food options labeled with Choose Orange stickers are available at PC Coffeehouse in North Hall.

The Wellness Center also hosts Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa therapy dogs for events throughout the semester. The next event will be P3T Pre-Test De-Stress from Dec. 5-8 in the Main Hall Commons and the North Hall Lobby. Students may visit with P3T dogs beginning at 4 p.m. on those days ahead of Finals Week.

In partnership with other area colleges, the Wellness Center promotes intramural sports, including football, basketball and soccer. To register for a league, visit the Intramural Sports website.

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