Creating Healthier Places

Liberty University

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

      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

      Liberty University offers at least five types of fruit, more than five types of vegetables and two 100% whole grain options at each lunch and dinner served.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2019
    • Reporting Date

      June 2017
    • Commitment Element

      Label food and beverage items offered with calories per serving at the point of presentation OR Designate healthier food and beverage options using a healthy icon at the point of presentation.
    • Progress To Date

      Liberty University labels all food and beverage items with calories per serving at the point of presentation. Additionally, the Mindful icon is used in some venues to identify healthier food and beverage options. All items that receive the Mindful icon meet food and nutrition criteria approved by PHA.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2019
    • Reporting Date

      June 2017
    • Commitment Element

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

      Liberty University implemented trayless dining in 2008 in all dining venues.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2019
    • Reporting Date

      June 2017
    • Commitment Element

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

      Liberty University students have access to a Registered Dietitian, who provides free nutrition assessments and counseling on a range of topics, including general nutrition, weight management, food allergies and medical nutrition therapy.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2019
    • Reporting Date

      June 2017
    • 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

      Liberty University students have access to the LaHaye Recreation and Fitness Center for an average of more than 16.5 hours each day.

    • 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

      Liberty University offers a wide variety of group fitness, recreation and sports activities, including 18 unique intramural sports, 21 different club sports, 20 group fitness classes and a rock climbing wall.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2019
    • Reporting Date

      June 2017
    • Commitment Element

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

      Liberty University’s outfitter at Hydaway Outdoor Recreation Center provides rental equipment for mountain biking, hiking, camping and water sports. Rentals are available to full time students, faculty and staff for a nominal 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

      Liberty University's Outdoor Recreation department plans and implements at least 30 outdoor events each school year including road races, clinics, trips and the annual Outdoor Rec Fest.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2019
    • Reporting Date

      June 2017
    • Commitment Element

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

      Liberty University students have access to four certified personal trainers for individual, partner and group training sessions.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2019
    • Reporting Date

      June 2017

Partner Statement

“Liberty University is excited to continue participating with Partnership for Healthier America in the Healthy Campus Initiative in our pursuit of creating a healthier campus. Our goal is to educate, equip and empower students to make healthy choices towards improving their overall well-being. Through collaboration with Campus Recreation, Liberty Dining, other campus partners, and student organizations, we anticipate continued forward progress. We believe by focusing on specific areas of nutrition, physical activity, and wellness programs, we are creating healthier campus culture. Students can choose mindful eating by viewing the calories per serving of food and beverage options at our dining venues. Also, students have the opportunity to engage in physical activity through access to the Recreation Center, Intramural Sports, Club Sports and Outdoor Recreation events. Liberty University is committed to integrating nine dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, spiritual, social, environmental, intellectual, financial, occupational and digital. Liberty University is excited to continue partnering with Partnership for Healthier America in our pursuit of creating a healthier campus for both students and staff.”