Creating Healthier Places

University of Pennsylvania

Year Committed: 2015
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 Pennsylvania offers a diverse range of fruit, vegetable and whole grain options incorporated into entrees, sides and dedicated platforms such as “Fruit Plus” providing assorted fruits and yogurt. Options far exceed the minimum five types of fruit, five types of vegetables and two whole grains required at lunch and dinner.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • 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 options available at University of Pennsylvania's four dining venues is significantly less than the total number of platforms available at lunch and dinner. On one of the two days selected for verification, only one fried food was offered out of 36 platforms open throughout the day.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

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

      University of Pennsylvania offers a wide variety of plant-based entrees, sides, and fruit and vegetable-focused platforms. At least one plant-based option is available at all platforms serving meat.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

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

      Penn Dining and Bon Appétit Management Company are committed to supporting local and sustainable agriculture through the “Farm to Fork” program. Bon Appétit chefs strive to purchase at least 20 percent of their ingredients from small (under five million dollars in sales), owner-operated farms and ranches located within 150 miles of their kitchens. In addition, University of Pennsylvania dining plans may be used at the farmer's market located on campus.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

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

      University of Pennsylvania has implemented tray-less dining in all residential dining cafes. In the same locations, Penn Dining also operates the Green2Go Program to promote the use of reusable to-go containers. Penn Dining estimates the program has the potential to eliminate the need for 171,000 containers annually – 2/3 of current usage.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Make available Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) for personal nutrition assessments and counseling to all students.
    • Progress To Date

      University of Pennsylvania provides registered dietitians for personal nutrition assessments, nutrition counseling and support for special dining needs in residential cafes at no charge to students.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Provide at least one (1) bicycle parking space on campus for every fifteen (15) individuals on campus.
    • Progress To Date

      University of Pennsylvania provides 3,409 bicycle parking spaces on campus, which equals one bicycle parking space for every 12 individuals.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Offer a bicycle share/rental program and/or a subsidized bicycle purchase program for all individuals on campus.
    • Progress To Date

      University of Pennsylvania participates in the Ride Indego city bike share program, where three bike share rental locations reside on campus. The Penn Cycle student-run, campus bicycle-rental program also provides bicycle rental opportunities to all students, faculty and staff.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • 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

      University of Pennsylvania provides 27 designated bike lanes available for use throughout campus and a “Biking Penn” section of their interactive online campus map to provide details on location and type of bike lanes and trails.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Implement a bicycle and pedestrian accommodation program/policy (e.g., Complete Streets) or participate in a national bicycle or pedestrian recognition program (e.g., Bicycle Friendly University)
    • Progress To Date

      In 2014, the University of Pennsylvania was awarded the Silver distinction from the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly University program.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

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

      The University of Pennsylvania provides a number of programs to encourage faculty, staff, students and visitors to utilize public transportation including free public transportation on two on-campus transportation systems. Both the Lucy Loop and the Penn-Drexel Bus share a partnership between University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. Students may access discounted fares on local public transit systems including SEPTA in Philadelphia and NJ Transit in New Jersey. In addition, car-sharing, vanpool, emergency ride home services and carpool parking fee discounts are available to members of the University community.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 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 University of Pennsylvania offers a wide variety of recreation, physical activity and competitive sports opportunities during each academic year, including more than a dozen unique group exercise classes, at least 30 different intramural and club sports opportunities, a rock-climbing wall and aquatic and tennis programs and clinics.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 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

      Penn Park provides four different outdoor walking and jogging loops ranging in distance from 0.5 to 1.1 miles. The park is open and available for use to individuals on campus and the community for more than three hours per day.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

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

      University of Pennsylvania students have access to seven certified personal trainers to conduct fitness assessments and provide individual, partner and small group training sessions. Services are offered to students at a discounted rate.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

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

      The Healthy Penn Partnership strives to coordinate health and wellness activities for the entire University of Pennsylvania community. The group includes University staff and students, meets twice per month, and supports the coordination of activities throughout campus by various departments and student groups. Through their collaboration, the Partnership extends all health and wellness initiatives to students, faculty and staff.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Implement a mandatory health and wellness education online module to be completed by all incoming first year or transfer students, upon registering with the college or university.
    • Progress To Date

      New students to the University of Pennsylvania are required to complete the Thrive at Penn online pre-orientation program. The program consists of four modules, one of which focuses on maintaining health and wellness at the University.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

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

      The Nursing Mothers Policy and Penn Nursing Mothers Program support nursing mothers on University of Pennsylvania’s faculty and staff with physical space, adequate break time and milk storage for managing lactation responsibilities at work. The Penn Women’s Center, Penn Children's Center and Family Resource Center offer support for nursing mothers on campus. The Penn Children’s Center and 27 additional campus locations offer nursing and lactation space, with many of those offering multiple rooms for nursing mothers to use.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016

Partner Statement

“The University of Pennsylvania completed 17 of its objectives in 2016, many of which were focused on environmental impacts like improved bike access and safety; incentives for biking and public transportation; increased access to facilities that support physical activity; and improved breastfeeding amenities for working mothers and students. Although not specified by the Healthier Campus Initiative, the University of Pennsylvania became one of the first universities to implement a bike commuter reimbursement program to complement what exists for public transit users. Additionally, the University of Pennsylvania became one of 20 colleges to receive the American Cancer Society’s Tobacco Free Generation Campus Initiative grant. All of these efforts are in support of the University of Pennsylvania’s vision of a Healthy Penn—the healthiest campus with the healthiest students, faculty and staff.”