Creating Healthier Places

University of California, Davis

2018 Progress Report

Year Committed: 2016
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

      Label food and beverage items offered with calories per serving at the point of presentation OR Designate healthier food and beverage options using a healthy icon at the point of presentation.
    • Progress To Date

      University of California, Davis identifies foods and beverages at point of presentation with the Nourish UC Davis healthy icon. Foods and beverages that meet Nourish UC Davis guidelines typically contain more fruits and vegetables, fiber, whole grains, healthy fats and less added sugar, sodium and saturated fats. The Nourish UC Davis guidelines were developed by a team of students and UC Davis nutrition and dining professionals from Student Health and Counseling Services, Housing and Dining Services, Staff and Faculty Health & Well-Being, ASUCD Dining Services and UC Davis Health. The guidelines help customers identify healthier choices and encourage campus dining staff to alter current recipes or develop new recipes that meet the guidelines.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2019
    • 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

      University of California, Davis has created four 1-mile and one 5K marked walking/running loops on its main campus and a 1-mile loop and a half-mile out and back route on its Health campus. Each loop is identified with color coded distance markers corresponding to appropriate route and placed at each quarter-mile. A total of 151 markers were installed on the main campus and 37 markers were installed at on the Health campus. An electronic map is also available online to allow community members to easily access information about the walking loops. Walking loops are promoted at New Employee Welcome trainings, with promotional cards at strategic events and with lawn signs throughout campus. Five of the Healthy UC Davis loops were also used for the annual UC Walks event for staff on both campuses.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2019
    • Reporting Date

      November 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Provide designated bicycle lanes on major roads and/or offer off-street bicycle paths throughout campus.
    • Progress To Date

      University of California, Davis promotes bicycling as the preferred mode of transportation, providing seven miles of bike lanes and 18 miles of bike paths. All bicycle lanes meet or exceed current American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials or National Association of City Transportation Officials standards and are at least 4 ft in width.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2019
    • Reporting Date

      November 2018
    • Commitment Element

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

      Healthy UC Davis is focused on developing, promoting and supporting a thriving culture of health and well-being throughout the University of California, Davis community. Healthy UC Davis consists of a steering committee and four subcommittees focused on improving outcomes in each of the following focus areas: Physical Activity/Movement, Nutrition/Food, Emotional & Mental Well-being, Smoke & Tobacco Free and Communications. Each subcommittee is led by staff and faculty co-leads and is responsible for implementing programming and policies that have potential to make healthy choices, easy choices for all individuals on campus. Healthy UC Davis is promoted through its website, social media, events, campus newsletters, newspapers and a with Kick Off Celebration in October of 2018. As of October 2018, Healthy UC Davis received funding for an additional five years to help sustain and expand current initiatives and provide support to develop new initiatives.

    • Implementation Date

      September 2019
    • Reporting Date

      November 2018

Partner Statement

“UC Davis is committed to fostering student success and promoting lifelong well-being. Using the Healthier Campus Initiative guidelines as a catalyst for change, campus stakeholders work together to cultivate a campus environment where ‘making the healthier choice is the easier choice.’”