New Colleges and Universities Join Partnership for a Healthier America to Offer Healthier Choices Across Campus

Eight schools join the Healthier Campus Initiative, committing to deliver healthier options and promote opportunities for physical activity to help improve the health of students, faculty and staff.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA honorary chair Former First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier, announced that 8 colleges and universities, including five minority serving institutions, have committed to expand healthier options across their campuses.

“Institutions of higher learning have a unique opportunity to impact the health habits of our next generation of leaders,” said PHA CEO Lawrence A. Soler. “Campuses across the nation are stepping up to give students, faculty and staff healthier options. PHA is honored to work with these nine institutions to reach an additional 100,000 students through the initiative. We are particularly proud to expand our work with colleges and universities that serve minority students.”

With these colleges and universities on board, PHA now boasts a roster of 52 campus partners spanning 30 states and impacting more than 1.2 million students, faculty and staff. The newest Healthier Campus Initiative partners joining PHA in a three-year commitment to make their campuses healthier include:

  • California State University, Fresno
  • Concord University
  • Coppin State University
  • Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles
  • SUNY Cobleskill
  • Tougaloo College
  • United Tribes Technical College
  • University of California, Davis

The announcement of these 8 new partners coincides with PHA’s Annual Building a Healthier Future Summit.

To learn more about PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative, visit

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but independent from – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity experts. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. Most important, PHA ensures that commitments made are commitments kept by working with unbiased, third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress our partners are making. For more information about PHA, please visit and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews.