Creating Healthier Places

George Mason University

Year Committed: 2014
Length of Commitment: 3 years

Committed to meet 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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Verified Results

    • Commitment Element

      Offer only a total number of fried foods that does not exceed the total number of platforms available at both lunch and dinner (if served) across all venues.
    • Progress To Date

      The total number of fried food offerings is well below the number of platforms available across all three residential dining facilities for the lunch and dinner meals.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2017
    • Reporting Date

      June 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Offer and identify as healthier at point of presentation at least three (3) desserts at both lunch and dinner that have no more than 150 calories as served.
    • Progress To Date

      George Mason University offers and identified at least three desserts with no more than 150 calories, at both lunch and dinner, in all three campus residential dining facilities.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2017
    • Reporting Date

      June 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Label food and beverage items offered with calories per serving at the point of presentation.
    • Progress To Date

      George Mason University provides calorie information via a mobile app, with information about the app posted near the point of presentation.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2017
    • Reporting Date

      June 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Offer a healthier catering menu that only includes foods and beverages that meet healthier food and nutrition guidelines.
    • Progress To Date

      George Mason University's Wellness catering menu offers a range of meals, entrees, salads, sandwiches, sides and beverages that meet healthier food and nutrition guidelines.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2017
    • Reporting Date

      June 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

      George Mason University offers an outdoor running track located in Mason Stadium. The track is available to faculty, staff, students and the community for more than the required minimum of three hours per day.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2017
    • Reporting Date

      June 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Make available certified personal trainers for all students.
    • Progress To Date

      Mason Recreation offers eight certified personal trainers to conduct fitness assessments, create workout routines and conduct individual and group training sessions. Services are fee-based, however discounts are offered for students.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2017
    • Reporting Date

      June 2016

Partner Statement

“George Mason University is delighted to be part of the Partnership for Healthier America’s Healthier Campus Initiative. Mason has long embraced a commitment to health and wellness with opportunities such as biking support, healthy dining options, and robust recreation programs. We are excited to see the progress we are making in expanding healthier dining options for faculty, staff, and students with more wellness meals, reduced fried foods, and a healthier catering menu. It’s also wonderful to see how the PHA goals have expanded and strengthened the collaboration within our campus community. A new walking/running trail is in development and we continue to document and enhance our offerings in the area of physical activity and movement. We are working hard to complete the remainder of our goals and will be a stronger university for participating in the Healthier Campus Initiative.”