Florida International University
2017 Progress Report
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.
“Florida International University (FIU) had an exciting year as we continued to meet our PHA guidelines. Our new and improved Wellness and Recreation Center (WRC) opened its doors in fall 2017. Our students are taking advantage of the additional space, the indoor track during those hot Florida days, and the specialized fitness areas.
"The Healthy Living Program hosted a ZenFest during Healthy Campus Week that focused on teaching students, faculty, and staff about ways to stay healthy, including making better food choices, incorporating more activity into their daily lives, and using yoga and meditation to improve their mental health. It was so successful, that Healthy Living hosted the event again during spring 2018.
"At the Modesto Maidique Campus, the FIU Food Pantry moved to another location in April 2018; the new location was necessary in order to accommodate the growing need for the program. FIU continues to focus on programs that assist our students with food insecurity. The College and University Food Bank Alliance featured the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus Food Pantry for its innovative program ‘Food for Fines’, which allowed students to donate food items to the food pantry in lieu of paying library fines.
"It has been an honor for FIU to be a part of the first cohort of schools selected for the PHA Healthier Campus Initiative. The past three years have focused on departmental collaborations to bring new, innovated programs and services to our university community. At FIU, we plan to stay on this wellness journey, and continue to make the healthy choice, the easy choice for our Panthers.”