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 Pennsylvania (UPenn).
On September 21, 2015, UPenn became the first Ivy League institution to team up with PHA to meet 23 guidelines, all with an eye toward shaping good habits for our future leaders and parents. Over three years, UPenn 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 25,000 students and more than 17,000 members of the faculty and staff on campus each year, UPenn’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.
Nearly 1 in 5 high school students would skip applying to a college based on a campus’ health and wellness offerings.