Gordon Cooper Technology Center recently met the criteria to be a Certified Healthy Campus.

The Certified Healthy Campus designation recognizes campus sites that make a positive impact on the health of employees and patrons.

“A healthy workplace promotes productivity, good morale, and employee engagement,” GCTC Superintendent Marty Lewis said. “A healthy workplace is socially responsible and makes good business sense by reducing costs associated with accidents and time off for illness.”

GCTC achieved the highest level of certification – excellence – and earned an invitation to the annual Certified Healthy Oklahoma event scheduled March 7 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman. Several members of the GCTC wellness committee plan to attend to accept the certificate.

The guest speaker for the event is Lori Melichar, director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which is working with communities across the nation to build a culture of health. Melichar’s talk is expected to cover complex social factors that influence well-being and the role individuals can play to improve health for everyone.

She is sharing insights from behavioral economics, social psychology, social network analysis and other fields that can remove barriers to good health.

In addition to achieving the Certified Healthy Campus recognition, GCTC previously met the criteria to be named a certified Blue Zones workplace.