Creating Healthier Places

Hampshire College

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

      Provide, without a user fee, sixteen (16)-hour per day access to at least one (1) fitness or recreation center for all students.
    • Progress To Date

      Hampshire College students have access to the Robert Crown Center and MultiSport Center facilities for 16 hours per day. One or both of these recreational facilities are open from 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days per week.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2017
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016

Partner Statement

“In an effort to address food insecurity, Hampshire College has initiated discussions with local food banks, explored potential collaborations with other institutions in the region, and explored policy options with a campus committee that is reexamining college-wide food service and food systems.

Additional highlights include:

  • Integration of physical activities into resident assistant training, including a ropes course and a hike, as well as connections with Hampshire’s Outdoor Programs, Recreation and Athletics department, to introduce RAs to the impressive breadth of programs available to students.
  • New wellness programs, including spinning and yoga, for faculty and staff, piloted in the 2016-2017 academic year, which can be integrated into a comprehensive wellness program for all individuals on campus.
  • The adoption of a new programming model for first year students based on the wellness wheel, which will be implemented in fall 2017. This initiative can also be integrated into a comprehensive wellness program for all individuals on campus.

Many of Hampshire’s Healthier Campus commitments represent longstanding traditions, such as our extremely popular equipment rental program and our early adoption of tray-less dining. We look forward to reporting on these commitments in next year’s report. The Healthier Campus Initiative has been an extremely important and useful exercise in challenging us to consider where and how these services are communicated to students and other campus community members and, further, encouraged us to consider not just new programs, but also new, sophisticated ways of informing the campus community about the outstanding opportunities available at Hampshire College.”