Des Moines University
2018 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.
“It’s such an exciting achievement and honor for Des Moines University (DMU) to be recognized as one of the completing Partnership for a Healthier America partners at the 2019 PHA Summit!
‘Des Moines University views the engagement with Partnership for a Healthier America as integral to the mission and core values of our organization,’ says DMU President and CEO Angela Walker Franklin, Ph.D. 'With a firm commitment to training future health professionals and a sincere and genuine desire to promote health and wellness within our organization, we not only state wellness as a core value, but also live it as one of our fundamental guiding principles. This work is vital to our success.’
"The Staff of Summerfield’s, DMU’s on-campus cafe and food service, have worked cooperatively with the DMU Wellness staff to make healthy dining both easier and delicious. A few of the 23 commitment elements achieved include:
- Encouraging student physical activity and movement through campus facilities and programs during the academic year. DMU offers 20 diverse recreation, physical activity and competitive sports opportunities ranging from intramural basketball and volleyball to ping pong, ballroom dance practice, wrestling and fitness classes.
- Providing healthier food and beverage services in campus-operated dining venues. The University offers at least one wellness meal at each breakfast, lunch and dinner served.
- Enabling students and employees to plan and purchase healthier meals with labels and five digital monitors at the University’s five food stations that detail calorie counts, nutritional information and potential allergens for all food options.
"DMU received the 2018 Healthiest State Large Workplace Award from Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative, which annually recognizes communities, workplaces, schools and individuals for promoting healthy habits and lifestyles. For more information on the University’s wellness program, visit www.dmu.edu/wellness-center/.”