Creating Healthier Places

Washington University in St. Louis

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 on the menu a minimum of one (1) wellness meal at each breakfast, lunch and dinner meal (if served).
    • Progress To Date

      Washington University offers 10 different Bear Balance meals that meet PHA nutrition criteria. At least one Bear Balance wellness meal is available at each breakfast, lunch and dinner in the University’s three campus dining venues.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2017
    • 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

      Washington University offers a total number of fried foods that is less than the total number of platforms available at both lunch and dinner across all dining venues.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2017
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Offer and identify as healthier at point of presentation at least three (3) desserts at both lunch and dinner that have no more than 150 calories as served.
    • Progress To Date

      The Bear Balance Bakery produces three different desserts each week that contain less than 150 calories per serving. In total, 9 different desserts are offered over a three-week cycle menu meeting this calorie standard. Items are identified in each of the three campus dining venues by the Bear Balance healthy icon.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2017
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Make free water available in all dining, recreational and educational facilities.
    • Progress To Date

      Washington University provides access to free water and water fountains in all dining, recreational and educational facilities on campus.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2017
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • 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

      Washington University students have access to at least one of the campus recreational facilities, on average throughout the week, for more than 16 hours per day. The hours of operation for the University’s Athletic Complex, Sumers Recreation Center, Millstone Pool and S40 Fitness Center compliment each other to provide students with maximum access throughout the days, nights and weekends.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2017
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016
    • Commitment Element

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

      Washington University provides students with a range of classes and demonstrations to increase cooking skills and nutrition knowledge. During the 2015-2016 school year, a 4-week SU cooks meal preparation series and 17 different hands-on, demonstration and Dine with the Dietitian classes were offered.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2017
    • Reporting Date

      November 2016

Partner Statement

“Washington University in St Louis strives to provide an environment that fosters the development of healthy lifestyle habits. Our commitment to Partnership for a Healthier America is one way we can define our steps and display our commitment to fostering the health of our campus community. As we look to another year of PHA goals we are excited to continue to enhance healthy living behaviors on campus.”