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Healthier Campus Initiative

Going off to college signals a time of newfound independence for young adults, who are suddenly able to make all of their own choices. The habits they form during these years – including what they eat and how much physical activity they get – can last a lifetime.

But research shows the choices many are making can hurt them in the long run: 95 percent fail to eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables and more than 60 percent report not getting enough physical activity, according to a study published in 2014 in the journal Preventive Medicine.

Recognizing this, PHA partners with colleges and universities across the nation to create campus environments that encourage and support greater physical activity and healthier eating habits. Each college or university partner has committed to meeting 23 of 41 guidelines within three years. The guidelines were developed by PHA in collaboration with some of the nation’s leading nutrition, physical activity and campus wellness experts.

North Carolina State University was the first to meet all 23 of those guidelines, taking steps that included offering wellness meals three times a day; highlighting healthier options in vending machines; offering group fitness classes and outdoor fitness areas; and opening a food pantry for food-insecure faculty, staff and students.

Image of college students for Partnership for a Healthier America's Healthier Campus Initiative.

Some colleges offer programs that reach beyond campus to students’ families. For example, Central New Mexico Community College opened a mobile food pantry for students offering food boxes ample enough to feed a family of four. And Florida International University’s food pantry allows students to take home up to 10 pounds of food once a week.

To date, our Healthier Campus Initiative includes more than 50 diverse colleges and universities across 29 states and the District of Columbia, including several historically black colleges, as well as those on tribal land. We are proud to say that through programs like these, PHA and campus partners encourage healthier living now and for generations to come.

Learn more about the Healthier Campus Initiative and how your campus can get involved here. View a list of campus partners.


MINDBODY is a sponsor of Partnership for a Healthier America's 2018 Innovating a Healthier Future Summit, May 2-4 in Washington, D.C.

Partnership for a Healthier America’s Healthier Campus Initiative will celebrate its third annual #HealthyCampus Week (HCW), sponsored by MINDBODY, the entire week of September 24-30, 2018. This week-long push is focused on promoting the great work PHA campus partners are doing to make healthier choices easier for students, faculty and staff across the country.

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