UCO Health Promotion


UCO and the greater OKC Community offer a wide range of health resources for students. The resources listed throughout this website are only a snapshot of that which is available for students and the community.

Health & Wellness

The World Health Organization defines health as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." UCO recognizes eight different dimensions of optimal health, with those being:

  • Emotional- coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
  • Environmental- good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
  • Financial- satisfaction with current and future financial situations
  • Intellectual- recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
  • Occupational- personal satisfaction and enrichment from one's work
  • Physical- recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods and sleep
  • Social- developing a sense of connection, belonging and a well-developed support system
  • Spiritual- expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life

Wellness Wheel


Health Promotion

Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. To reach a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, an individual or group must be able to identify and to realize aspirations, to satisfy needs and to change or cope with the environment.

Health is, therefore, seen as a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capabilities. Therefore, health promotion is not just the responsibility of the health sector but goes beyond healthy lifestyles to well-being.

Health Promotion Activities:

  • Create Supportive Environments
  • Build Healthy Public Policy
  • Strengthen Community Actions
  • Develop Personal Skills
  • Reorient Health Services Toward Prevention

-The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, First International Conference on Health Promotion, Ottawa, 21 November 1986


Health Promotion at UCO

At UCO, we recognize that health and learning are interconnected. Therefore, health promotion on campus exists to support students and create healthy environments that will foster the learning process. The health promotion team is comprised of students, faculty and staff, professionals and community partners supporting a healthy campus for UCO. Specifically, health promotion efforts can include:

  • Education and training
  • Social marketing
  • Community development
  • Environmental support
  • Organizational practice
  • Policy development


For more information about UCO Health Promotion please contact:

Alex Russell - Assistant Director, Health Promotion and Outreach


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