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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

thursday, june 30, 2016

‘Cowboys Get Healthy Get Fit’ program gets families moving, brings them together

Exercise specialist Ashley Rainey, center, starts participants in the 'Cowboys Get Healthy, Get Fit' program with a 30-minute walk.

Jamie Belton-Patton and her 16-year-old daughter, Jordanay, are eating healthier and moving more because of their participation in the OSU-CHS ‘Cowboys Get Healthy, Get Fit’ summer program.

The best part is that they are doing it together, she said.

“The idea behind ‘Cowboys Get Healthy, Get Fit’ is to involve the whole family in making lifestyle changes,” Sara Malone, program coordinator and dietitian, said. “If you can get the parents moving and role modeling physical activity, the kids will follow. The family walking program provides increased bonding opportunities and discussion between parents and their children.”

The 10-week ‘Cowboys Get Healthy, Get Fit’ program is an outreach program of the OSU-CHS Family Health and Nutrition Clinic. The clinic was established in 2009 to provide individualized, multidisciplinary support for overweight and obese children and their families. Read more.

Two honored with OSU SAC in Tulsa awards

SAC award recipient Erika Johnson, left, Janifer Hilton, SAC past president, recipient Bavette Miller and Ashley Adkins, incoming SAC president, celebrate the OSU SAC in Tulsa Awards of Excellence.

Bavette Miller, director of graduate studies and health care administration advisor, and Erika Johnson, practice administrator in pediatrics, were honored with OSU Staff Advisory Council in Tulsa Awards of Excellence at a special event on Tuesday at OSU-CHS.

The awards are presented annually to one administrative or professional staff and one classified staff to recognize employee excellence. Each honoree receives a certificate and a $500 prize. Nominations may be made by a student, faculty, staff member or an administrator.

The criteria for nomination include demonstrating exemplary job performance, supporting the university through positive interaction, encouraging excellence in others and exhibiting honesty, integrity and loyalty.

Keep safe during Independence Day holiday

The July 4 holidayoften means firing up the backyard grill, swimming and setting off fireworks as we celebrate U.S. independence from Great Britain. The American Red Cross offers some tips to stay safe:

  • Never give fireworks to small children
  • Wear eye protection when lighting fireworks
  • Never throw or point a firecracker toward people, animals or flammable material
  • Drink responsibly
  • Watch children in the water
  • Be aware of underwater hazards
  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use
  • Never grill indoors
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill
  • Keep the grill away from the house, tree branches or anything that could catch fire

For additional information, visit the American Red Cross website.

Cowboy Caravan is coming to Tulsa

Cowboy Caravan will visit Tulsa at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11 and will feature OSU coaches, Pistol Pete, a pep rally, food and other activities. OSU-Tulsa will host the event.

Mike Gundy, OSU football head coach, Brad Underwood, OSU basketball head coach, Mike Holder, OSU director of athletics, Cowgirl softball head coach Kenny Gajewski are scheduled to participate in a panel discussion in the OSU-Tulsa Auditorium. Outdoors activities will include a photo booth, face painting, children's games, snacks and more.

The event is hosted by the OSU POSSE and OSU Alumni Association for fans in the Tulsa area to celebrate the success of OSU athletics. Watch the OSU Alumni Association website for the opportunity to purchase tickets for the event.