Northern Arizona University
2017 Progress Report
Committed to meet 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.
“2017 was the year for implementing and expanding health and wellness initiatives at NAU. Not only did we submit and receive verification for 15 of our HCI guidelines, but we built on these guidelines to expand wellness options across campus:
• 6 outdoor walking routes called “Bites and Hikes” were created. Each route varies in length and features healthy meal options along the route. These routes have been utilized for 5ks and monthly wellness walks led by the university president.
• Louie’s Cupboard, our campus food pantry, has provided food resources to food insecure individuals on campus since 2013. This year, Health Promotion is enhancing the program by providing recipes and in-person nutrition education relevant to foods available in the pantry for participants.
• While many factors influenced the renovation of a resident dining facility on campus, the guideline 1.A.7 was particularly helpful in guiding the placement of different platforms. As a result, the first thing students see when they walk into the new DüB Dining District is Plant Forward, a plant based platform featuring fresh, exciting vegan and vegetarian dishes. NAU was recognized as one of Food Management’s 2018 Innovators of the year for its focus on health in Campus Dining.”