Creating Healthier Places

2016 Progress Report

If we’re going to make healthy choices easy for kids and families, they have to find them everywhere they go. Whether they’re at home or at school, American families will find themselves in healthier environments thanks to the work being done by PHA partners every day.

PHA works with leaders in affordable housing to design communities with good health in mind, incorporating indoor and outdoor activity space and easier access to transportation, healthcare and healthy food.

But helping families practice healthy habits at home is only one part of the challenge. Kids spend the bulk of their time outside the home – at school, in before- and after-school programming and later, on college campuses. PHA works with early childhood and out-of-school care providers, as well as colleges and universities to ensure that no matter whose care they’re under, America’s youth – from their earliest years all the way through young adulthood – can maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Even when they fall ill, PHA’s hospital partners have got them covered by providing healthier meals for patients, family and hospital staff in healthcare facilities across the country.

Healthier Campus Initiative

Partnership for a Healthier America's Healthier Campus Initiative is a nationwide effort to create campus environments that encourage and support greater physical activity and healthier eating habits. Going off to college signals a time of newfound independence for young adults, who are suddenly able to make all of their own choices. The habits they form during these years – including what they eat and how much physical activity they get – can last a lifetime.

Recognizing this, PHA works with colleges and universities across the nation to create campus environments that encourage and support greater physical activity and healthier eating habits. Each college or university partner has committed to meeting at least 23 of 41 health-focused guidelines within three years. The guidelines were developed by PHA in collaboration with some of the nation’s leading nutrition, physical activity and campus wellness experts. Some schools provide free boxes of healthful groceries to students and families through campus-based food pantries – an important step toward reducing food insecurity as well as improving good nutrition.

To date, the Healthier Campus Initiative includes more than 40 diverse colleges and universities across 30 states, including several historically black colleges, as well as those on tribal land. Our college partners reach more than 1.2 million students, faculty and staff, including more than 100,000 minority students and nearly 100,000 Pell grant recipients.

Partner Spotlight Oakwood University

Active Design Verified

Family sitting on stairs in apartment complex. Our bodies are designed to move. Too often, our homes and our communities provide little opportunity or encouragement to do so safely. But studies show people who live in communities designed with health in mind are, in fact, healthier.

Recognizing this, PHA teamed up with the Center for Active Design to create Active Design Verified (ADV), a program that recruits leaders in affordable housing who make health a priority in how they build communities. ADV pioneers use architecture and urban planning to create indoor and outdoor spaces that encourage people to move. They also make it easier for residents to grow or buy healthy food within the community and provide easy access to public transportation and healthcare services.

ADV participants agree to incorporate a set of low-cost design elements in a specific percentage of their affordable housing properties over a set period of time. These include appealing, well-lit stairwells, infrastructure that supports walking and biking, gardens to work in and spaces for kids to play. Our ADV work, while new, will impact 4,650 units of housing by ensuring these elements are included.

Partner Spotlight Vitus Group

Hospital Healthier Food Initiative

The Partnership for a Healthier America's approximately 700 hospital partners have committed to providing more nutritious, healthier meals to patients, employees and visitors. PHA partners believe the food that’s served in healthcare institutions should have a positive impact on our bodies. The Hospital Healthier Food Initiative ensures that hospital patients, their families and all the people who care for them have healthful meal options that meet high standards for nutrition, labeling, marketing and food preparation.

In all, approximately 700 hospital partners (10 percent of all hospitals nationwide) have joined the initiative, from healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente to smaller systems such as El Camino Hospital in the Silicon Valley. Collectively, these partners treat more than 9 million patients annually and serve more than 32.7 million meals to patients, visitors and staff.

Partner Spotlight Morrison Healthcare

Early Childhood And Out-of-school Time

Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) early childhood and out-of-school time partners ensure that kids will be given healthier foods and opportunities for physical activity. Early childhood is a critical time for development, as well as a time when children are developing their taste for food. Experts say exposure to a wide range of healthy foods is important at this age, along with plenty of opportunities to run and play. PHA’s Early Childhood and Out-of-School Time partners prioritize healthier options and physical activity for the kids under their care.

Our out-of-school time partners reach more than 5 million children across the country, and our early childhood education partners reach 1 million children serving them more than 225 million healthier snacks and meals each year. As part of their commitments to PHA, they serve fruits and vegetables with every meal and make sure kids get at least one hour of physical activity each day. They also commit to limiting screen time for children, so that the sedentary habits that can hamper good health don’t begin to take root when children could be better engaged with their peers.

Partner Spotlight KinderCare

Partner Spotlight National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA)

All Partners

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner American University.

    American University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Arizona State University.

    Arizona State University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Binghamton University.

    Binghamton University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Blue Sea Development.

    Blue Sea Development

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

    Boys & Girls Clubs of America

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Bucknell University.

    Bucknell University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Central New Mexico Community College

    Central New Mexico Community College

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Clayton State University.

    Clayton State University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Des Moines Area Community College.

    Des Moines Area Community College

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Des Moines University.

    Des Moines University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner El Camino Hospital.

    El Camino Hospital

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Emporia State University.

    Emporia State University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Florida International University.

    Florida International University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Florida State University.

    Florida State University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Fort Lewis College.

    Fort Lewis College

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner George Mason University.

    George Mason University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).

    Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Grand Valley State University.

    Grand Valley State University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Hackensack Meridian Health.

    Hackensack Meridian Health

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Hampshire College.

    Hampshire College

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Homeowner's Rehab Inc.

    Homeowner’s Rehab, Inc.

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Howard University.

    Howard University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner KinderCare Education.

    KinderCare Education

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Learning Care Group.

    Learning Care Group

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Leech Lake Tribal College.

    Leech Lake Tribal College

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Liberty University.

    Liberty University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Loyola Marymount University.

    Loyola Marymount University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Mississippi State University.

    Mississippi State University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Morrison Healthcare Food Services.

    Morrison Healthcare Food Services

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner National Recreation and Park Association.

    National Recreation and Park Association

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Northern Arizona University.

    Northern Arizona University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Oakwood University.

    Oakwood University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Oklahoma State University.

    Oklahoma State University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Rochester Institute of Technology.

    Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Saint Louis University.

    Saint Louis University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Southern University and A&M College.

    Southern University and A&M College

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner St. Luke's Hospital.

    St. Luke’s Hospital

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner SUNY Cortland.

    SUNY Cortland

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.

    Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner George Washington University.

    The George Washington University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner The Ohio State University.

    The Ohio State University

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner University of Arizona.

    University of Arizona

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner University of California Los Angeles.

    University of California, Los Angeles

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner University of Houston.

    University of Houston

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner University of Miami.

    University of Miami

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner University of New England.

    University of New England

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner University of New Hampshire.

    University of New Hampshire

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner University of North Dakota.

    University of North Dakota

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner University of North Florida.

    University of North Florida

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner University of Oregon.

    University of Oregon

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner University of Pennsylvania.

    University of Pennsylvania

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner University of Wisconsin.

    University of Wisconsin–Madison

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Urban Ventures.

    Urban Ventures, LLC

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Vitus Group.

    Vitus Group

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner Washington University in St Louis.

    Washington University in St. Louis

  • Logo for Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) partner YMCA.

    YMCA of the USA