“Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) was honored to be the first Tribal College to collaborate with Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) on the Healthier Campus Initiative (HCI). Our relationship with PHA has provided many opportunities that may have otherwise been unattainable. Since the announcement of our commitments, we have been reevaluating our individual and collective responsibilities as we seek mino-bimaadiziwin (“the good life”) together. The mission of LLTC is to provide quality higher education grounded in Anishinaabe values. With this in mind, it is important for us to foster an environment that supports healthier living, providing a safe place for all to learn, live, and grow at their own pace.
~ Leech Lake Tribal College, 2015 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 Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC).
On February 26, 2015, LLTC 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, LLTC 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 about 350 students and approximately 60 members of the faculty and staff on campus each year, LLTC’s changes will have an 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.