Mississippi State 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.
“In collaboration with Partnership for a Healthier America, Mississippi State University’s (MSU) departments of Health Promotion and Wellness. Dining Services, and University Recreation worked together to create a healthier campus for students, faculty, staff, and community members through initiatives and environmental supports to promote complete, mental, physical, and social well-being.
"Health Promotion and Wellness hosted Healthy Dawgs, an employee wellness initiative, during both the spring and fall semesters. The program included accountability, healthy tips, recipes, exercise and nutrition information, and a weekly walking group. Through MSU on the Move, a Blue Cross Blue Shield grant-funded project, Health Promotion and Wellness and Dining Services collaborated to provide cooking demonstrations in residence halls across campus. Dining Services also created a MSU on the Move food station at one of the dining venues. This station offers healthier options including grilled protein sources and various vegetable sides.
"University Recreation was able to use MSU on the Move funds to build a new outdoor volleyball court and challenge course for students. University Recreation created new affordable membership packages for university staff members to encourage participation in physical activity. Lastly, the three departments collaborated on a new initiative called Fitness on the First. This initiative was geared toward faculty, staff and community members, and included outdoor fitness classes, a health fair, and healthy food samples.
"While these are only a sample of the programming and environmental support, MSU is committed to the well-being of the MSU community.”