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Oklahoma State University
Department of Wellness

America's HEALTHIEST Campus®

Cowboy Challenge: Twelve Weeks to a New You!

Cowboy Challenge: Twelve Weeks to A New You!

Time: 12:10 pm
Date: Jan. 30, 2017
Location: Seretean Wellness Center/Colvin Recreation Center
Registration Deadline: January 13, 2017
Registration Fee: FREE. Participants who do not comply with the program components as set forth in the contract will incur a charge to their Bursar account in the amount of $150.00.  Registration includes a team t-shirt.

For questions contact Tabi Deal 405.744.2354

Cowboy Challenge is a 12-week team based program, combining three teams of eight, on a journey
to a healthier you.  Program components include pre- and post-program health and fitness assessments, physical activity with a personal trainer and nutrition guidance. Weeks 1 & 12 are devoted to pre- and post-program health and fitness assessments.  Weeks 2-11 are devoted to the group and individual program components listed below:

  • Weeks 2-11: physical activity with a personal trainer at least 2 times a week.
    • All exercise sessions are 45 minutes in duration and participants must be able to exercise between 6:00-6:45 am, 12:15-1:00 pm OR 5:15-6:00 pm (the time chosen when signing-up for workouts WILL remain participants training time for the duration of the program)
  • Weeks 2-11: will have nutritional guidance, consisting of:
    • one team consultation with a Registered Dietitian
    • three group meetings
    • sample meal plans and recipes
    • recording and submitting food journals.

Training Times: (weeks 2-11): 6:00-6:45 am, 12:15-1:00 pm, OR 5:15-6:00 pm; Nutrition Guidance (weeks 2-9): 12:10-12:50 PM; Pre- & Post- Testing (weeks 1 & 12): 7-10 AM; Nutrition consultation: scheduled by Abby, with each team (typically from 12:10-12:50 PM)

NOTES: This program may be canceled if minimum registration limits are not met. Any applicable refunds will be issued in that event. This program is limited to OSU-Stillwater benefits-eligible employees. Applications will be due January 13, 2017 & announcements will be made January 18, 2017. There is a mandatory kick-off meeting January 25, 2017 from 12:10 pm – 12:50 pm. The week of January 30, 2017 is the pre-testing week—exercise begins the week of February 6, 2017 & nutrition starts the week of February 6, 2017 as well. The week of April 17, 2017 is the last week of exercise & nutrition. Post-testing is the week of April 24 – 28, 2017. 

Program includes incentives which are subject to taxation.  At the conclusion of the program, OSU Payroll Services will be notified of the retail value of incentives received.


"I loved the comradery I had with my colleagues across campus. It was nice to have something to talk about besides work. The Cowboy Challenge also provided me with the opportunity to interact with students in a different light. Instead of serving as their “adviser” they were, in essence, advising/training me. I loved the dietary component. Our group meetings were wonderful because it provided us with an outlet to discuss our successes and struggles in an environment that would be supportive and get us back on track."  -MN

"I can't tell you how much I am enjoyed the Cowboy Challenge. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started, I was even a little hesitant at first to sign up. I am very glad that I did. Every day was demanding, but the amazing trainers helped push me to a new level every week. I am not only stronger, faster, and slimmer because of the program, but I have more energy than I have had in a long time. The best part is the knowledge that I gained from the program in order to keep working towards my goals long after the program is over. When I started out it was with the mindset of finishing the 10 weeks, thanks to the program I have now made it a lifestyle change."