Clayton State University announced Nov. 17, 2014 that it will join the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier, in a three-year commitment to make its campus healthier by adopting guidelines around food and nutrition, and physical activity and programming. This initiative will impact 7000+ students and more than 700 faculty and staff on campus.
The announcement was made today at the American Public Health Association (APHA)’s 2014 Annual Meeting & Exposition. Clayton State is one of the first schools to sign on to PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative, which includes 19 other colleges and universities, collectively impacting more than 500,000 students and 126,000 faculty and staff.
Each college or university partner has 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. Because of the unique nature of each campus, universities and colleges choose 23 guidelines from a menu of nearly 40 recommendations, including identifying certain food and beverage options as healthier choices – impacting more than 25 million meals each year; promoting water consumption on campus; offering a bicycle share program for all students; providing certified personal trainers and registered dietitian nutritionists on campus; among others.
“Colleges and universities are in a unique position to help shape tomorrow’s leaders, whether they are teachers, coaches, policymakers, CEOs, moms or dads,” said PHA CEO Lawrence A. Soler. “We know that going to college is a time of change for many students—we also know that means it’s a time when new habits are formed. By creating healthier food and physical activity environments today, campuses and universities are encouraging healthier habits that will carry over into tomorrow.”
For more information on PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative, visit www.ahealthieramerica.org/campuses.