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Press Release for Tuesday, September 20, 2016

University of North Florida Among ‘26 Healthiest Colleges of 2016’

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida has been named among the “26 Healthiest Colleges of 2016” by, an online resource that provides the most trusted fitness and health content.

The University was graded against 150 nominated colleges and universities nationwide on everything from nutrition and physical activities to mental and sexual health offerings. UNF was the only Northeast Florida university on the list and one of two state universities to be listed as a “healthiest” college. The colleges aren’t ranked in any order and can be found at

“Being a part of the Healthiest Colleges list for 2016 is such an honor. The recognition attests to the quality of programming and services we provide to the UNF community,” said Ashley Ballard, director of the Department of Health Promotion at UNF. “Our goal has always been to create an environment that embraces the development of a healthy body, mind and spirit. We will continue to strive to assess and respond to the health and wellness needs of our campus community.”

This latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including 2017 “Best Regional University” and “Best Colleges for Veterans” by U.S. News & World Report, “Best College for the Money” and “Top Quality Overall Best College” in the state by College Factual, “Best in the Southeast” by Princeton Review, “Best Bang for the Buck Southeast Colleges 2016” by Washington Monthly and the national 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity magazine, to name a few.

The 26 Healthiest Colleges is an annual list recognizing schools that go above and beyond to educate students about healthy eating practices, provide excellent medical and mental health services and programs and offer opportunities to get and stay physically fit.

UNF’s Department of Health Promotion offers a wide variety of health resources to the campus community, including dining and shopping with a dietician, nutrition clinics, healthy cooking demonstrations, lunch and learn workshops, a Healthy Osprey Resource Library and more.

Chartwells, the University’s official food service provider, created a Dine on Campus website, which makes it easier for students to locate places to eat on campus based on their dietary restrictions by using an icon labeling system. Icons are placed next to meals identifying the special option, such vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, etc.

The Student Wellness Complex offers numerous group fitness classes to meet different fitness levels and different interests. Over 60 group fitness classes a week are offered to students and the campus community, including yoga, spin, cardio kickboxing, zumba, tabata, crossprey fit, playground, and many more.

A wide variety of health, sexual and mental health as well as drug and alcohol education services are also available to the campus community through Student Health Services, Counseling Center, Women’s Center, Student Ombudsman and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.