Earlier this year, the Wellness Department at Metro Tech was awarded a $35,000 grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation Wellness Initiative Grant Program. The grant was used to implement MetroFit Wellness Community OutReach, a health initiative that addresses the physical and mental needs of the 73111 population, as well as Metro Tech employees and students.
Just a few short months into the program, the initiative is gaining momentum quickly with a variety of health-conscious events and activities that keep Metro Tech employees and students educated, informed and active.
Morning and afternoon walks
Each Monday and Friday at 9:15 a.m. and 2 p.m., employees and students take a 15-minute walk around their campus to decompress from the work day.
According to Wellness Coordinator Valerie McMurry-Hopkins, in order to have an effective wellness program, there must be buy-in and participation from leadership.
“We are thankful for the support of our district leadership. One of our department heads recently held a quick staff meeting on the move with her employees during a 15-minute walk,” McMurry said.
Healthy Cooking Food Demos
Metro Tech has partnered with Integris to bring registered dietician Pam Patty, to the campus to host healthy food demonstrations. The demos happen once monthly, and are for employees and students with a desire to cook healthier meals. Demonstrated meals include chili, breakfast burritos and watermelon salsa.