“Actively participating in the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) gives us the opportunity to continue to orient and support our students and employees toward a future where disease prevention becomes as important as diagnosis and treatment and we have at least a balance between health care and disease care.
~Des Moines University, 2016 PHA Progress Report
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 Des Moines University.
On September 21, 2015, Des Moines 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, Des Moines 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 nearly 1,800 students and more than 300 members of the faculty and staff, Des Moines University’s changes will have a major impact on healthier living now and for generations to come.
Learn more about the Healthier Campus Initiative guidelines and how to
get involved here.
95% of students are not meeting recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake and 64% are not meeting recommendations for physical activity.