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 Arizona State University.
On November 16, 2014, Arizona State 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, Arizona State 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 more than 82,000 students and approximately 12,500 members of the faculty and staff, Arizona State University’s changes will have a major impact on healthier living now and for generations to come.
As one of the largest universities in the nation, we have the opportunity to influence wellness among students, faculty and staff, who come from across Arizona, throughout the nation and around the world. Likewise, our students and employees can influence the wellbeing of their families, communities and businesses now, and in their future lives. Our membership in the Partnership has aided us in taking a closer look at our wellness programs and services to ensure that we are providing ample opportunities for wellness education, recreation programs, and a campus environment that enhances healthy living.
95% of students are not meeting recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake and 64% are not meeting recommendations for physical activity.