Creating Healthier Places

Emporia State University

Year Committed: 2016
Length of Commitment: 3 years

Committed to meet 23 guidelines—developed by PHA in collaboration with some of the nation’s leading nutrition, physical activity and campus wellness experts—around nutrition, physical activity, and programming on campus.

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    • Commitment Element

      Offer trayless dining in at least seventy-five percent (75%) of dining venues.
    • Progress To Date

      Emporia State University offers trayless dining in 100% of dining venues covered within the PHA commitment. The Hornet's Nest dining facility implemented trayless dining eight years ago.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Label food and beverage items offered with calories per serving at the point of presentation OR Designate healthier food and beverage options using a healthy icon at the point of presentation.
    • Progress To Date

      Emporia State University lists calories per serving on all items and designates healthier food and beverage options using the Mindful healthy icon at the point of presentation.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Offer a comparable plant-based food option at every platform serving meat.
    • Progress To Date

      Emporia State University offers a wide variety of plant-based entrees and sides. Comparable plant-based options are available for all meat-based items available throughout the campus dining facility.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Make free water available in all dining, recreational and educational facilities.
    • Progress To Date

      Emporia State University makes free water available at all dining, education and recreational buildings with a combination of water fountains, bottle filling stations and a cold, filtered water station in the Hornet’s Nest dining facility.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Make available Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) for personal nutrition assessments and counseling to all students.
    • Progress To Date

      A registered dietitian is available for students to provide medical nutrition therapy, nutrition assessments and counseling on topics including weight management, disordered eating and body image, nutrition for fitness, special dietary needs, and general nutrition information. Any out-of-pocket costs for dietitian services above $5 are covered by student fees.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Provide marked walking routes on campus, one of which must be at least two (2) miles in length and have distance markers at regular intervals. A route map is made available to individuals on campus.
    • Progress To Date

      Emporia State University offers two walking routes through campus. Maps are posted for the 1-mile "Gold Route" and 2-mile "Black Route" and both routes are marked at each 0.25 miles.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Offer a bicycle share/rental program and/or a subsidized bicycle purchase program for all individuals on campus.
    • Progress To Date

      Emporia State University has implemented a full bicycle initiative that includes bike repair and safety workshops, a Bike ID program to allow students to register their bicycles on campus, three campus repair stations and a new bike share program. The “Borrow a Bike” program allows students, faculty and staff to check out a bike for up to 7 days free of charge. The Student Recreation Center maintains the fleet of 20 bikes, with plans to double that number within the next year.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Offer a minimum of twenty (20) diverse recreation, physical activity/movement or competitive sports opportunities during each academic year.
    • Progress To Date

      Emporia State University offers at least 20 unique recreation, physical activity/movement and competitive sports opportunities each academic year. Activities include group exercise classes, intramural leagues, competitions, tournaments and active special events.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Offer, without a user fee, a minimum of one (1) monthly 'how to’– physical activity/ movement class that introduces students to new activities.
    • Progress To Date

      Emporia State University offers a monthly Special Event series with “how to” workshops and workouts to introduce students to new physical activity opportunities. Events teach students new skills, introduce different types of exercises and equipment and feature a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Offer, without a user fee, both: a. Fitness/recreation center orientation during the first semester for all incoming students and b. One (1) fitness assessment all students each academic year.
    • Progress To Date

      Emporia State University offers a free orientation of the Student Recreation Center and free fitness assessments during the annual Hornet Orientation and Welcome Week. Personal fitness assessments are also included as part of the free personal training program available to all students.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Provide at least one outdoor running/walking track that is open and available for use to individuals on campus and the community for at least three (3) hours per day.
    • Progress To Date

      The Welch Stadium Track is open and available for public use from 6:30 a.m. to sundown Monday through Friday. The campus community may also access two designated, marked walking routes 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, including the weekend days and holidays the track is closed.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Implement an integrated, comprehensive wellness program for individuals on campus that is provided annually.
    • Progress To Date

      The Healthy Hornet Wellness program was established in 2013 to promote wellness throughout campus. The program supports seven dimensions of wellness (emotional, social, occupational, intellectual, financial, physical and spiritual) through education, programming and promotions. A committee of students, faculty and staff oversees the program and meets monthly to discuss wellness initiatives. Promotion of the program occurs online on the University website and via social media; through print materials including banners, postcards and in the student planner; and through RA training on Healthy Hornet Wellness policies, programming and events.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Implement a program/policy that identifies students who may be 'food insecure' and provides options on campus.
    • Progress To Date

      The Corky's Cupboard campus food pantry was established in 2014 to provide temporary food assistance to students in an effort to alleviate hunger and food insecurity. Corky’s Cupboard is available to all students currently enrolled at the University and provides a variety of non-perishable food items such as canned fruits, vegetables, proteins, snacks, soups, meals and mixes, and grains and starches such as rice, noodles, and pasta. Students may use the pantry once per week and take up to 10 items per visit. Pantry Partners including the student government, various student groups and the student wellness center provide ongoing support for the pantry, including coordinating pantry operations, staffing the pantry and hosting food drives to stock the pantry.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Offer non-academic cooking skills classes that are available to students and incorporate fruits and vegetables.
    • Progress To Date

      Emporia State University offered a 6-week Healthy Meal Planning Workshop to teach students how to create healthy, balanced meals on a budget. Topics included nutrition, label reading, budgeting, unit pricing and food safety. The final workshop of the series allowed students practice the skills learned in the previous 5 weeks by planning, preparing and eating a meal together.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016

Partner Statement

“Our experience with Partnership for a Healthier America has been a very positive one. It has allowed us the opportunity to focus on important area of wellness to keep our student healthy, and has allowed us to give credibility to what we are working to achieve. We look forward to using these guidelines as our road map to wellness for the next couple of years!”