Creating Healthier Places

Arizona State University

2017 Progress Report

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

      Arizona State University offers at least one wellness meal at every breakfast, lunch and dinner served at its six campus dining halls. Wellness meals are planned to provide fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dairy servings and meet nutrition criteria for calories, saturated fat, trans fat and sodium. For those meals, that do not meet PHA food and nutrition criteria, students are directed, through marketing signage and sneeze guard clings, to create a wellness meal by gathering different components throughout the dining halls.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2017
    • Reporting Date

      November 2017
    • Commitment Element

      Label food and beverage items offered with calories per serving at the point of presentation.
    • Progress To Date

      Arizona State University labels all foods and beverages with calories per serving at the point of presentation. Food and beverage stations also feature healthy icons and information to help students identify common allergens, vegan and vegetarian options and menu items made without gluten.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2017
    • Reporting Date

      November 2017
    • Commitment Element

      Offer a healthier catering menu that only includes foods and beverages that meet healthier food and nutrition guidelines.
    • Progress To Date

      Arizona State University offers a healthy catering menu that provides well more than the required three types of fruit, three types of vegetable, two 100% whole grain products and fewer than two fried menu options. The menu also includes a number of options that are local, organic, sustainable, vegetarian and vegan.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2017
    • Reporting Date

      November 2017
    • Commitment Element

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

      The Active@ASU campaign is led by the Sun Devil Fitness Complex and serves to support physical activity among the campus community. A diverse committee of students, staff and faculty oversees the initiative and ensures that the programs and services of the Sun Devil Fitness Complex are accessible for all and promoted on campus, via social media and on the Arizona State University website. Well Devil Ambassadors assigned to each residential college amplify the effort and serve as the point persons to bring wellness education, make referrals and advocate for student well-being in the residence halls.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2017
    • Reporting Date

      November 2017

Partner Statement

“Arizona State University (ASU) is dedicated to helping students and employees lead a healthy lifestyle. Our membership in the Partnership for a Healthier America Healthier Campus Initiative has linked a network of ASU partners in the Live Well at ASU Network, dedicated to creating a campus environment where the healthy choice is the easy choice. Several efforts to improve campus wellness opportunities include:

• The Live Well @ ASU campaign encourages the Sun Devil community to achieve a healthy lifestyle through four foundational elements: Live, Feel, Learn and Engage. Each element helps students “Build Your Best You” by contributing to physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being.” • Well Devil Ambassadors live in the ASU residential colleges and serve to integrate wellness and the value of healthy living among student residents. • Aramark offers a wide variety of healthy and sustainable options that empower students to make healthy choices about food and nutrition.
• Campus recreation centers engage students and staff across the dimensions of wellness, to promote a holistic experience and support student and staff efforts to de-stress, eat healthier, engage in physical activities and develop healthier sleep habits.
• ASU’s new Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience advances well-being and engagement to deepen ASU’s culture of health, personal balance and resiliency among students and employees. We are proud to be a member of the Partnership for a Healthier America Healthier Campus Initiative, and look forward to continued opportunities to make the healthy choice the easy choice at ASU!”