Creating Healthier Places

University of Miami

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 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

      University of Miami dining offers a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains at both lunch and dinner, far exceeding the minimum 5 types of fruit and vegetables and 2 types of whole grains required.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2017
    • Reporting Date

      June 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Designate healthier food and beverage options using a healthy icon at the point of presentation.
    • Progress To Date

      Foods and beverages in University of Miami dining facilities are labeled at the point of presentation using the "Balanced" healthy icon and/or calories per serving.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2017
    • Reporting Date

      June 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Implement a local food procurement program that increases procurement of local and sustainable foods.
    • Progress To Date

      University of Miami dining has implemented a campus-wide sustainability initiative, which includes procurement of sustainable seafood and poultry and reduces food waste by partnering with farms to purchase produce that would otherwise be discarded due to appearance. In addition, 4.6% of produce purchases come from local sources within 350 miles or 7 hours of the campus.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2017
    • Reporting Date

      June 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

      The Herbert Wellness Center offers a wide variety of recreation, physical activity and competitive sports opportunities during each academic year. Offerings include 14 unique group exercise classes, pilates, yoga, cycling, 11 intramural opportunities, 46 club sports, and a range of physical activity sports lessons and courses.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2017
    • Reporting Date

      June 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Provide an outdoor fitness system.
    • Progress To Date

      In 2014, the Herbert Wellness Center opened a free outdoor fitness system for use by the University of Miami community which contains a circuit of 8 different exercises.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2017
    • Reporting Date

      June 2016
    • Commitment Element

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

      The Herbert Wellness Center offers 14 personal trainers for one-on-one and buddy training. Personal trainers are university students, typically earning degrees in an exercise related field, and each trainer is certified through a nationally recognized organization.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2017
    • Reporting Date

      June 2016
    • Commitment Element

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

      The Herbert Wellness Center Instructional Kitchen and Healthy Cooking Program offers University of Miami students with free, campus-based healthy cooking demonstrations and provides fee-based cooking classes to students and the greater Miami-Dade community. During the spring 2016 semester, 12 cooking classes (4 free, 8 fee-based) were offered to UM students and the community.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2017
    • Reporting Date

      June 2016

Partner Statement

“The University of Miami is committed and excited to strengthen current policies and procedures while implementing innovative programs to give students full access to healthy food options, numerous physical activity selections and provide support to lead a healthy lifestyle on campus. Campus dining has ensured offering a variety of fruit and vegetables at each meal and reducing fried food offerings. To assist students to be more physically active the Wellness Center hosts a variety of on-going fitness classes, recreation outlets and an outdoor fitness system to continue to make activities easily accessible. Educational programs to allow students access to information on topics such as food, nutrition, physical activity and movement will be available to them to make smart and healthy decisions. The success of these commitments will be from a collaboration of the campus Wellness Center, Dining Services, Parking and Transportation and other departments invested in our community’s well-being.The University of Miami is committed and excited to strengthen current policies and procedures while implementing innovative programs to give students full access to healthy food options, numerous physical activity selections and provide support to lead a healthy lifestyle on campus. Campus dining has ensured offering a variety of fruit and vegetables at each meal and reducing fried food offerings. To assist students to be more physically active the Wellness Center hosts a variety of on-going fitness classes, recreation outlets and an outdoor fitness system to continue to make activities easily accessible. Educational programs to allow students access to information on topics such as food, nutrition, physical activity and movement will be available to them to make smart and healthy decisions. The success of these commitments will be from a collaboration of the campus Wellness Center, Dining Services, Parking and Transportation and other departments invested in our community’s well-being.”