Staying Healthy in Stillwater, OK

On Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 11:18

Health care in Haynes County extends far beyond the doctor's office into the Stillwater, Okla. community, where wellness classes and preventative health programs are keeping Oklahomans active and healthy year round.

Stillwater Medical Center

Leading the way in preventative health and wellness is Stillwater Medical Center, a 119-bed not-for-profit hospital facility. Their Total Health program offers residents of north central Oklahoma a complete medical fitness center and physical rehabilitation program. Each member undergoes a comprehensive fitness assessment upon joining and works with a fitness specialist to set goals and create a customized workout plan. Members then utilize Total Health's exercise equipment, physical therapy and rehabilitation services, and educational resources. Fitness classes offer something for all ages and include Zumba, yoga, boot camp and water aerobics in Total Health's warm-water pool.

Through the Community Benefit Committee of Stillwater Medical Center's "Heart of the Community" mini-grant program, schools, churches, youth groups, businesses and community coalitions receive up to $1,000 funding for efforts that promote cardiovascular health, nutrition, childhood obesity prevention or tobacco use prevention and/or cessation. The committee grants $9,000 to area organizations each year, and has distributed more than $56,000 locally since 2006.

"People in Payne County have some great ideas to promote and improve wellness, but too often lack the funds to make a project happen," says Shyla Eggers, director of public relations for Stillwater Medical Center. "Stillwater Medical Center is pleased to provide the 'Heart of the Community' mini-grants and help move these projects forward."

The Seretean Wellness Center at OSU

Also in Stillwater, Oklahoma State University's Seretean Wellness Center is striving to make OSU the healthiest campus in the nation. The 25,000 square foot center opened in January 1991 and operates 17 programs, with an annual budget of $1.5 million. Affordable monthly membership to their O-Zone Fitness Center provides group exercise classes, cardio equipment, free weights and individual machine weights. Massage therapy, nutrition counseling, physical therapy and other services also help members achieve optimal levels of physical and mental health.

Additional student services provided by OSU's Seretean Wellness Center include health screenings, peer education and healthy food choices in resident halls. The center also administers several state and federally funded programs for Oklahomans, including tobacco and drug use prevention programs.

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