Creating Healthier Places

Fort Lewis College

2018 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

      Make free water available in all dining, recreational and educational facilities.
    • Progress To Date

      Fort Lewis College makes free water available in all dining, recreational and educational facilities with drinking fountains available at all locations.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2019
    • Reporting Date

      June 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

      Fort Lewis College provides maps of four campus walking routes, available online and at the Student Life Center. Walking maps provide 2-mile, 1.75-mile, 1.5-mile and 1-mile loop options and are marked every quarter mile.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2019
    • Reporting Date

      June 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Provide at least one (1) bicycle parking space on campus for every fifteen (15) individuals on campus.
    • Progress To Date

      Fort Lewis College provides access to 494 bicycle parking spaces on campus. This offers one bicycle parking space for every 7.8 individuals on campus.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2019
    • Reporting Date

      June 2018

Partner Statement

“In 2018, Fort Lewis College (FLC) made significant progress toward its Healthier Campus Initiative (HCI) commitment and we have data to prove that our efforts are working. Beyond proper nutrition and physical fitness programming, FLC contributed to a healthy community by shining a light on mental health awareness and going smoke-free.

"Sugary drinks and unhealthy options are transitioning out of campus conference rooms. Our campus dining provider has seen significant decreases in the consumption of unhealthy food and drink. The National Collegiate Health Assessment, administered in Spring of 2018, showed that FLC students scored significantly better than the national benchmarks on proper nutrition and exercise. Nutrition and fitness related scores have improved since FLC joined HCI.

"In support of mental health, FLC hosted a variety of special events and trainings. Kevin Hines who is a suicide survivor that travels the country giving motivational talks about mental health awareness and suicide prevention was invited to speak at FLC. At Fresh Check Day (Health Fair), over 250 FLC students played with therapy dogs, wrote cards to loved ones, posted messages of gratitude, and learned about: positive body image, how to talk to someone with suicidal thoughts, and anxiety management techniques. Also, FLC trained over 100 faculty and staff in mental health awareness and suicide prevention with a goal to increase that number to 300 by the end of 2019.

"In December 2018, FLC announced that the campus will become smoke-free in 2019!”