Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is a nationwide
partnership chaired by First Lady Michelle Obama. From this partnership, the
Healthier Campus Initiative was born. This initiative was developed to help
make campuses healthier by committing to guidelines developed by national panel
of experts. The guidelines focus on evidence-based standards of nutrition,
physical activity and health education programming. The improved nutrition
standards address the top two health concerns identified by students in the
most recent Healthy Osprey Survey: Nutrition and Obesity. In addition to
improving nutrition, UNF will also make it easier for those on campus to
incorporate physical activity into their lives. Over the next three years UNF
will be making several changes to make healthier choices easier for our
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On September 21, 2015, the University of North Florida
joined 37 other college or university campuses across the nation to team up
with PHA for the Healthier Campus Initiative. This initiative was developed in
an effort to help make campuses healthier by adopting guidelines around
nutrition, physical activity and programming. With more than 16,000 students
and over 1,500 members of the faculty and staff, these changes will help
encourage healthier options among the more than 17,500 individuals on campus
In addition to improving the nutrition of the options
available at its on-campus dining hall, the University of North Florida will
also make it easier for all those on campus to incorporate physical activity
into their daily lives.
Over the next three years, the University of North Florida
will make several changes to make healthier choices easier for students,
faculty and staff across its campus. As a part of its commitment to PHA, the
University of North Florida will:
Food & Nutrition
- Provide healthier food and beverage service
in campus-operated dining venues every operational day.
- Offer at least one wellness meal during
breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Offer at least five types of fruits, five types
of vegetables and two 100% whole grain products at lunch and dinner.
- Offer only a total number of fried foods that
does not exceed the total number of platforms available at both lunch and
dinner across all platforms.
- List calories of food & beverage items or
use a “healthy icon” to designate healthier food and beverage options at the
point of presentation.
- Offer a plant-based food option at all food
stations serving meat.
- Implement a local food or sustainability
program in campus food service.
tray-less dining as the default system in at least 75% of dining venues.
healthier catering services on campus by offering a minimum of three types of
fruits, three types of beverages, two 100% whole grain products and no more
than two fried items on catering menus or by offering a catering menu that only
includes foods and beverages that meet healthier food and nutrition guidelines.
water consumption on campus by offering free water in all dining venues and all
educational/physical activity facilities.
trained food and nutrition professionals on campus and offer personal nutrition
assessments and counseling to all students.
- Create a built environment that encourages healthier choices on campus:
signage requiring cars to stop for pedestrians at all designated or marked
crosswalks on campus.
- Encourage student physical activity/movement through facilities and
programs on campus during the academic year.
students with free access to at least one fitness/recreation center at least 16
at least 20 diverse recreation, physical activity or competitive sports
opportunities during each academic year.
- Each month, offer at least one “how to”
physical activity/movement class that introduces students to new activities
free of charge.
- Offer fitness center orientation during the
first semester for all incoming students and one fitness assessment per year
for all students free of cost.
- Encourage outdoor physical activity/movement on campus by providing access
to at least one track that is open and available for use to the campus
community for at least three hours per day; providing an outdoor fitness
system; offering at least one free, organized and facilitated, outdoor physical
activity opportunity each week; and offering a rental outdoor recreation
equipment program for students.
- Provide trained physical activity/movement
professionals on campus.
- Implement an integrated, comprehensive
wellness program for individuals on campus that is provided annually.
a policy that identifies students who may be food insecure and provides options
- Offer non-academic cooking skills classes
that are available to all students.
2015 - 2016 Commitment Elements
2016 - 2017 Commitment Elements
2017 - 2018 Commitment Elements