Going off to college signals a time of newfound independence for young adults, who are suddenly able to make their own choices about what they eat and how much activity they get – or don’t get. But college and university students, faculty and staff now find themselves in healthier environments thanks to the work being done by PHA partners like American University.
On February 26, 2015, American University teamed up with PHA to meet 23 guidelines, all with an eye toward shaping good habits for our future leaders and parents. Over three years, American University will make changes such as providing healthier food and beverage options in dining venues, creating opportunities for physical activity and offering wellness programming on campus. With 13,600 students and approximately 840 members of the faculty and staff, American University’s changes will have a major impact on healthier living now and for generations to come.
Nearly 1 in 5 high school students would skip applying to a college based on a campus’ health and wellness offerings.