Creating Healthier Places

Georgia Institute of Technology

Year Committed: 2014
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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Verified Results

    • Commitment Element

      Offer a minimum five (5) types of fruits, five (5) types of vegetables and two (2) 100% whole grain products at both lunch and dinner (if served).
    • Progress To Date

      Georgia Tech provides a diverse range of offerings that incorporate fruits, vegetables and whole grains at both lunch and dinner, exceeding the minimum 5 types of fruit and vegetables and 2 types of whole grains required.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2017
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

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

      Georgia Tech offers a wide-variety of plant-based options at lunch and dinner meals. At least one plant-based entrée or side is available at every platform serving meat.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2017
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

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

      Georgia Tech’s Dining Services implemented tray-less dining in all campus dining locations beginning in 2007.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2017
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Post signage requiring cars to stop for pedestrians at all designated or marked crosswalks on campus.
    • Progress To Date

      Crosswalk signage requiring cars to stop for pedestrians are posted at designated intersections on campus.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2017
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Provide designated bicycle lanes on major roads and/or offer off-street bicycle paths throughout campus.
    • Progress To Date

      Georgia Tech has implemented a network of bikeways along the major roadways on-campus using multi-use paths, bike lanes and shared lane markings. The University also has a comprehensive Campus Bicycle Master Plan in place to support policies, programs and infrastructure necessary to accommodate and increase bicycling to and from campus.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2017
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Implement a program/policy that supports and accommodates breastfeeding for individuals on campus.
    • Progress To Date

      The Georgia Institute of Technology has implemented a program to support breastfeeding faculty, staff and students with access to designated spaces for breastfeeding or expressing milk. Each breastfeeding room contains a glider rocker, breast pumps, refrigerators, labels, cleaning supplies and other resources for breastfeeding mothers. In addition, the on-campus child care program maintains a policy on providing breast milk to children.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2017
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016

Partner Statement

“Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is excited to continue our relationship with Partnership for a Healthier America’s (PHA) Healthier Campus Initiative. PHA’s guidelines have helped Georgia Tech showcase our many well-being successes, for both individuals and the Georgia Tech community. We are inspired to make the healthy choice the easy choice. We recently expanded into an office of Health & Well-Being with a vision where our students and employees will flourish and be fulfilled. This has allowed stronger visibility and collaboration between departments, with campus partners, and the state University System to create innovative messaging and programming as we support a campus culture of health and well-being. Within Dining Services, we have increased our frequency of fruit and vegetable offerings, locally sourced ingredients, and house-made menu items. We promote walking and biking through campus as evidenced by our award winning Bicycle Master Plan and marketing of our ‘Pi Mile’ running trail. In 2016, we created a monthly messaging campaign to support health initiatives, such as encouraging kindness, hydration, and activity, which were adopted by the state level well-being campaign. We are looking forward to continue our efforts in the next year, and beyond, to ensure that our community is 'Happy and Smart.’”