Creating Healthier Places

United Tribes Technical College

2018 Progress Report

Year Committed: 2017
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 available Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) for personal nutrition assessments and counseling to all students.
    • Progress To Date

      United Tribes Technical College provides free nutrition counseling to students, faculty, staff and their families. Two Registered Dietitians are available for nutritional assessments, counseling and education on a variety a health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, eating disorders, heart disease, obesity, food allergies and digestive disorders. Dietitians also provide grocery store tours, cooking demonstrations and education on nutrition fact labels and food safety and sanitation.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2020
    • Reporting Date

      June 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Implement an integrated, comprehensive wellness program for individuals on campus that is provided annually.
    • Progress To Date

      United Tribes Technical College's Healthy Community Committee is committed to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of all employees and students. The Committee serves to establish and promote wellness policies and programs by supporting the continued development of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health in the college community. The Committee members consist of diverse set employees, staff and students representing Academic affairs, Student Services, Administration and Campus Services. Examples of events and activities planned by the committee include a bike rodeo, a wellness fair, employee wellness challenges, cafeteria promotions, sporting events and safety trainings.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2020
    • Reporting Date

      June 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Offer a rewards-on-benefits structured program that gives insurance premium discounts and/or rebates to individuals on campus who participate in a wellness program designated by the health insurer or campus.
    • Progress To Date

      The United Tribes Technical College implemented the worksite wellness tracking program, WellSteps, in January 2017. Employees may earn points by participating various wellness activities and challenges involving nutrition, physical activity, spiritual and cultural wellness. Based on the point system, employees can reach bronze, silver, or gold level and earn an incentive based on that level. Incentives include water bottles, Fitbits, and gift cards to various local sporting goods stores. In 2017, 65% of employees registered for the program and 38% of registered users achieved the gold, silver or bronze reward level. Other employee wellness benefits include opportunity to use 30 minutes per work day for campus-based wellness activities at the campus gym, cardio room, weight room, fitness studio, walking trail, Frisbee golf course or for an appointment with the Registered Dietitian. Full-time regular employees and their dependents may also utilize the Employee Assistance Program which provides free counseling, training and resources for those who may be experiencing emotional, financial, drug, alcohol, martial, legal or family problems.

    • Implementation Date

      April 2020
    • Reporting Date

      June 2018

Partner Statement

“United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) is proud to be a part of the Partnership for a Healthier American’s Healthier Campus Initiative. This initiative has provided the guidance to help UTTC successfully create an environment where health and wellness are key components of the college experience. American Indian culture has been integrated in the majority of the guidelines to tailor to this 1994 Tribal College University and its students who represent over 37 Tribal nations. With the guidance from PHA, UTTC has been able to strengthen our own food sovereignty initiatives which includes utilizing students and staff to grow our own food that feeds the whole campus through dining services. To successfully complete these guidelines, UTTC has a strong Healthy Community Committee which encompasses 15 different departments to ensure a holistic wellness program for all students and staff. UTTC is eager to complete the guidelines by May 2020, but more excited for how this partnership will continue to create a culture of wellness on campus for years to come.”