In the June 27, 2019, edition of the Adventist Review, Dr. Prudence Pollard, vice president for research and faculty development at Oakwood University (OU), and creator of OU’s Healthy Campus 2020 (HC2020) program, described that Oakwood is making lifestyle part of the education experience.
Recently the State of Alabama awarded a grant to fund an HC2020 student health ambassadors mobile pantry to distribute fresh produce from Oakwood Farms to six low-income food deserts in Huntsville. Health education will accompany the fruits and vegetables, thanks to the generous support of the Magic Johnson Foundation.
Outward-looking initiatives such as the mobile pantry occupy HC2020, Phase II, in which students teach what they have learned—thus reinforcing learning—and take health beyond the campus to the community. Through this signature service-learning project, students will continue to advance OU’s mission of transformational education and also the university’s motto, “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve.”
OU is the first Seventh-day Adventist university to be recognized as a healthy campus, and university leaders are committed to sharing their plan and programs with other universities. Most recently outcomes from HC2020 were shared at the seventh annual Adventist Human Subjects Research Association Conference that was convened at OU.
The goal of HC2020 is for all students to experience optimal health, without the limitations and burden of debilitating diseases. By incorporating health initiatives and education into the campus curriculum and culture, students better understand how they are designed in the image of God; and how to make choices to care for mind, body, and being that honor the stewardship of the self.