University of Houston
2019 Progress Report
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.
Since committing to the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), Healthier Campus Initiative, the University of Houston (UH) has made significant gains towards creating a culture of wellness on campus. By implementing 23 of the PHA guidelines, UH has worked to create an environment that promotes and supports healthier eating habits as well as increased physical activity. An example of this, and one of the guidelines we are most proud of, is our new Cougar Walking Paths, which are located in different parts of the campus and highlight some of the University’s amazing outdoor art. Featured on the University’s UH Go app, the paths support employees’ participation in the University’s Fitness Release Time policy by providing them with defined routes to follow as they engage in physical activity on campus. Beyond the completion of the selected guidelines, the University now hosts an annual Healthy Campus Week for the entire campus community and has implemented an additional guideline, the installation of a Bike Share program! Additional outcomes resulting from of our participation in PHA include the strengthening of relationships with existing partners and the development of new ones. Soon health professionals from the University’s new medical school will join our wellness committee. Together, we will continue efforts to develop new and innovative ways of promoting health and well-being at the University of Houston. Without question, PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative has enhanced the UH campus and bolstered our resolve to create a healthier campus community!