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 University of New England (UNE).
On September 21, 2015, UNE 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, UNE 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.
“As new HCI partners, we’ve focused our efforts this year on the evaluation, identifying which guidelines we’re meeting, are close to meeting, and still need a bit more time to achieve. We held a cross-campus ‘Healthier U! Healthier UNE!’ kick off to celebrate our participation in the HCI, and have continued to support and grow wellness offerings at the university through partnerships with other departments. There’s a lot of energy & enthusiasm for the HCI at our school and we’re excited to be participating!
~ University of New England, 2015 PHA Progress Report
With more than 4,000 students and 1,000 members of the faculty and staff on campus each year, UNE’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.