Creating Healthier Places

University of North Dakota

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 North Dakota offers a wide range of fruits, vegetables and whole grains at both lunch and dinner, far exceeding the minimum five types of fruit and vegetables and two types of whole grains required.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2017
    • Reporting Date

      June 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Ensure the percentage of healthier beverage purchases (in dollars) is a minimum of sixty percent (60%) of total beverage purchases (in dollars) for catering.
    • Progress To Date

      More than 80% of catering beverage purchases are for healthier beverages.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2017
    • Reporting Date

      June 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Implement a campus-wide program/policy that incentivizes the use of public or campus provided transportation.
    • Progress To Date

      University of North Dakota contracts with the Cities Area Transit (CAT) bus service to provide free bus transportation for students with a valid student ID and CAT bus pass. Campus shuttle buses also provide free on-campus transportation during the fall and spring semesters.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2017
    • Reporting Date

      June 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

      A variety of free demonstrations and introductory classes are available, at least once per month, to introduce students to new physical activities, including yoga, indie dance, step aerobics, battle ropes, TRX and walking meditation.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2017
    • Reporting Date

      June 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

      Facility tours, equipment orientations and introductory weight training sessions with fitness staff are available to University of North Dakota Wellness Center members free of charge. Members may also schedule free fitness assessments, skinfold body fat assessments and strength tests.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2017
    • Reporting Date

      June 2016
    • Commitment Element

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

      The Health and Wellness Unit for the University of North Dakota has implemented an integrated, comprehensive wellness program for faculty, staff and students on campus. Through collaboration with the campus and community, the program promotes an environment that encourages health and wellbeing and enhances quality of life by fostering a culture of multidimensional wellness.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2017
    • Reporting Date

      June 2016

Partner Statement

“The University of North Dakota (UND) eagerly signed up to participate in the Healthier Campus Initiative. The purpose of this program clearly reflected the vision for the Healthy UND coalition, an alliance nationally recognized for leadership in supporting the health and wellbeing of the campus community. Established in 2000, the coalition has used the Healthy People and Healthy Campus frameworks to advance the culture on the UND campus and in the greater Grand Forks community through efforts related to physical activity, alcohol and other drugs, and worksite wellness.

"Harnessing the substantial influence of the Partnership for a Healthier America, UND has expanded upon a rich history of education, outreach and policy work. We are proud to have completed 12 commitments in our first year and 6 in the second. Strong momentum is driving the work on the last five, with two ready for submission – the signage for the 2-mile path was installed this summer and the healthier catering menu is in use. Meeting all commitments will allow a celebration of that work and inspire the next wave of culture change as we strive to influence lifestyles and choices for the campus and the surrounding community.”