Monday, November 17, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cindi Love, Ed.D.
ACPA—College Student Educators International
One DuPont Circle NW
Washington, DC 20036
PHA and ACPA—College Student Educators International Announce Healthier Campus Initiative at American Public Health Association Conference in New Orleans
COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES NATIONWIDE JOIN PARTNERSHIP FOR A HEALTHIER AMERICA TO OFFER HEALTHIER CHOICES ACROSS CAMPUS
Twelve ACPA member colleges and universities join cohort of 20 schools committed to delivering healthier options for students and faculty
NEW ORLEANS, LA—Sunday, November 16, 2014, 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, announced its Healthier Campus Initiative. The first-of-its-kind effort encourages commitments with colleges and universities to make their campuses healthier by adopting guidelines around food and nutrition, physical activity and programming. At the American Public Health Association (APHA)’s 2014 Annual Meeting & Exposition, PHA and ACPA—College Student Educators International announced that 20 nationwide campuses across 18 states have signed on to the effort, impacting more than 500,000 students and 126,000 faculty and staff. ACPA is the strategic student affairs association liaison with PHA in disseminating information about the initiative. Twelve of the 20 colleges in the inaugural cohort are ACPA members. Peer association NIRSA was instrumental in development of the PHA guidelines for colleges and universities.
“Colleges and universities are in a unique position to help shape tomorrow’s leaders, whether they are teachers, coaches, policymakers, CEOs, parents," 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 healthy food and physical activity choice environments today, campuses and universities are encouraging healthier habits that will carry over into tomorrow.”
The following schools were first to join PHA in a three-year commitment to make their campuses healthier. ACPA Institutional Members are noted by asterisk:
- Arizona State University *
- Binghamton University *
- Central New Mexico Community College
- Clayton State University
- Florida State University
- George Mason University *
- George Washington University *
- Georgia Institute of Technology *
- Hampshire College *
- North Carolina State University *
- Ohio State University *
- Oklahoma State University - Okmulgee*
- Southern University and A&M College
- Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
- University of California, Los Angeles *
- University of Miami *
- University of New Hampshire *
- University of North Dakota
- University of Oregon *
- Washington University in St. Louis *
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.
To learn more about the PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative, visit www.ahealthieramerica.org/campuses.
The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but independent from – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity experts. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. Most important, PHA ensures that commitments made are commitments kept by working with unbiased, third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress our partners are making. For more information about PHA, please visit www.aHealthierAmerica.org and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews options and promoting more opportunities for physical activity to help improve the health of students, faculty and staff.