Starting January 2013, OU will be implementing outcome-based health care plans for its employees. With this change in the near future, benefits-eligible employees on campus have been given access to the Rec Center. The Rec has seen an increasing demand for programs regarding nutrition, exercise, and overall wellness. Overseeing these new changes is Wellness and Educational Outreach Coordinator, Stephanie Vogel. She is responsible for maintaining current health and wellness programs and planning and researching for future programs.
Stephanie is a recent graduate from the Wellness,Health Promotion & Injury Prevention (WHP) program at OU. Upon graduation, she worked for the Village of East Harbor, a senior living community, doing everything from teaching fitness classes to grant writing.
According to Stephanie, wellness is about maintaining a well-balanced life beyond just exercise and proper nutrition. She has planned a variety of programs geared towards financial responsibility, stress management, quitting smoking, and more.
“The whole point of wellness [programs] is to get people involved and motivated,” she says.
A program to look forward to that Stephanie is planning next semester is called “Colorful Choices.” Teams will compete to eat as many different colored fruits and vegetables as possible. For every different color consumed, the team earns points. The team with the most points at the end of the semester wins.
When Stephanie isn’t busy planning programs to keep us healthy individuals, she loves to find and try out baking recipes on Pinterest. She also likes to watch the Red Wings (when they’re not in a lockout)!