Creating Healthier Places

Fort Lewis College

2017 Progress Report

Year Committed: 2016
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

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

      In 2011, Fort Lewis College's students, faculty and staff identified campus sustainability as a priority and began to work toward development of a campus sustainability policy. In 2013, Fort Lewis College and representatives from the College foodservice vendor, Sodexo, signed the Real Food Challenge Commitment, pledging to shift 20% of campus dining purchasing dollars to foods identified as fair, humane, ecologically-sound and/or local by 2020. As of the 2015-2016 school year, 7% of campus purchases met sustainability requirements. The campus sustainability policy also gives preferential status to purchasing relationships with the on-campus garden whenever possible.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2019
    • Reporting Date

      June 2017
    • Commitment Element

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

      Fort Lewis College’s Outdoor Pursuits program maintains six road bikes and 20 mountain bikes that can be checked out by Outdoor Pursuits members. All students, staff and faculty are eligible to become members for an annual fee and, as a member, there are no additional rental fees for checking out bicycles.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2019
    • Reporting Date

      June 2017
    • Commitment Element

      Dedicate at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the primary campus recreation center floor space to areas for physical activity.
    • Progress To Date

      The Fort Lewis College Student Life Center has 32,185 square feet of space dedicated to physical activity. This represents 75% of the total 43,138 square feet in the Center.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2019
    • Reporting Date

      June 2017
    • Commitment Element

      Offer a minimum of forty (40) total: a. Diverse non-competitive group fitness opportunities during each academic year. AND b. Diverse competitive sports, intramural or informal recreation opportunities each academic year.
    • Progress To Date

      Fort Lewis College offers a wide variety of group fitness, recreation, and sports activities including 13 unique club sports, 15 intramurals options, 18 group fitness classes and a range outdoor fitness opportunities each academic year.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2019
    • Reporting Date

      June 2017
    • 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

      The Ray Dennison Memorial Field Track is open and available to students, faculty, staff and community members daily from sunrise to sunset, unless athletic practices and games are in session.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2019
    • Reporting Date

      June 2017
    • Commitment Element

      Offer a rental outdoor recreation equipment program for students.
    • Progress To Date

      Fort Lewis College’s Outdoor Pursuits program maintains a range of outdoor equipment for camping, skiing, snowboarding, climbing and water sports. Items may be checked out for free by Outdoor Pursuits members. All students, faculty and staff are eligible to become members for an annual fee.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2019
    • Reporting Date

      June 2017
    • Commitment Element

      Offer at least twenty (20) outdoor recreation clinics and/or trips during each academic year.
    • Progress To Date

      Fort Lewis College’s Outdoor Pursuits program offers an extensive list of clinics as well as day, weekend and extended trips. Students have access to more than 20 unique options each semester.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2019
    • Reporting Date

      June 2017
    • Commitment Element

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

      The Fort Lewis College Recreational Services department offers personal training at a reduced cost to the campus community, with three certified trainers available to provide individual training sessions.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2019
    • Reporting Date

      June 2017
    • Commitment Element

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

      Fort Lewis College supports breastfeeding for faculty, staff and students by providing the use of a private room on campus during business hours. The College also allows for storage of breast milk at the campus Student Health Center.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2019
    • Reporting Date

      June 2017

Partner Statement

“In 2016-17, Fort Lewis College (FLC) made significant progress toward its commitment as a Healthy Campus. Beyond completing nine of the 23 guidelines for the Healthy Campus Initiative, FLC hosted the inaugural Healthy Campus Week, as well as the first annual Health and Wellness Fair during the fall semester. At the Health and Wellness Fair, the campus community sampled healthy foods, participated in a variety of fitness assessments, created their own trail mix, and learned from campus resources about a variety of anxiety management techniques. Other wellness highlights included the development of walking trails and maps, free drop-in Yoga classes, lunchtime walking sessions, and the addition of massage therapy for the campus community.

"This year, Fort Lewis College is excited to take advantage of the newly designed Sky Steps Trail. Over the summer, FLC partnered with the City of Durango and Trails 2000 to create Sky Steps, a trail that connects downtown Durango to the FLC campus. The new trail has over 500 steps and 250 feet of elevation gain. The Work Life Wellness Committee will promote use of the new trail to the campus community by providing incentives to those that use the trail regularly.”