Creating Healthier Places

Des Moines Area Community College

2018 Progress Report

Year Committed: 2015
Length of Commitment: 3 years

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.

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Verified Results

    • Commitment Element

      Ensure that a minimum of fifty percent (50%) of vending machines offer only healthier food products or fifty percent (50%) of each vending machine content is healthier food products.
    • Progress To Date

      At least 50% of all food and beverage products in Des Moines Area Community College's 54 vending machines meet healthier food and beverage standards approved by PHA.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2018
    • Commitment Element

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

      Des Moines Area Community College ensures all vended food and beverage items are labeled with calories per serving at the point of presentation.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2018
    • Commitment Element

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

      Des Moines Area Community College has partnered with the Hy-Vee supermarket chain to provide students, faculty and staff with access to a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for nutrition assessment and counseling. The dietitian offers grocery store tours and individual and group healthy lifestyles and weight management programs where individuals learn about nutrition and exercise concepts for healthy living and weight loss.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Provide marked walking routes on campus, one of which must be at least two (2) miles in length and have distance markers at regular intervals. A route map is made available to individuals on campus.
    • Progress To Date

      Des Moines Area Community College's Lake Future Recreation Trail provides a 1.2 mile walking loop on campus. The trail provides nine mileage markers with 0.2 to 0.4 miles between each marker.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2018
    • Commitment Element

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

      Des Moines Area Community College's Campus Recreation Department offers daily bike rentals to all students, faculty and staff at no cost. Long term bike rentals are available with a paid deposit.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Implement a campus-wide program/policy that incentivizes the use of public or campus provided transportation.
    • Progress To Date

      Des Moines Area Community College incentivizes public transportation by offering discounted monthly bus passes to all registered students on the Urban and Ankeny campuses.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2018
    • Commitment Element

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

      The Des Moines Area Community College Outdoor Recreation equipment rental program offers a range of outdoor rental equipment to students with recreation center memberships for free and to individuals without recreation center memberships for a nominal fee. Equipment options are available for biking, hiking, camping, fishing, golf, tennis and team sports.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2018
    • Reporting Date

      November 2018

Partner Statement

“DMACC is actively working to complete the remaining guidelines developed by PHA in collaboration with some of the nation’s leading nutrition, physical activity and campus wellness experts. We have completed several guidelines that have created exciting new opportunities for students and staff to maintain or improve their personal health. This includes a bike rental program, changes to our vending machines to support healthy eating, and the ability to get nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian. We expect to complete the guidelines in the next 6 months.”