Washington -- Today, 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 that 12 colleges and universities have committed to expand healthier options across their campuses. With these colleges and universities on board, PHA now boasts a roster of 38 campus partners spanning 25 states and impacting more than one million students, faculty and staff.
"Campuses across the nation are stepping up to give students, faculty and staff healthier options, from bike share programs to more nutritious snacks for those inevitable late night study sessions," said PHA CEO Lawrence A. Soler. "Colleges and universities have a unique opportunity to impact the health habits of the next generation and, thanks to PHA's Healthier Campus Initiative partners, the future is looking bright."
The newest Healthier Campus Initiative partners joining PHA in a three-year commitment to make their campuses healthier include:
- Des Moines Area Community College
- Des Moines University
- Florida State University
- Howard University
- Mississippi State University
- Northern Arizona University
- Oakwood University
- University of Arizona
- University of New England
- University of North Florida
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
The announcement of these 12 new partners coincides with PHA's inaugural Healthy Campus Week, a digital campaign highlighting the efforts of PHA's college and university partners to improve access to healthier food and physical activity on campus. Throughout this week, PHA and its campus partners will be using the hash tag #HealthyCampus to spread the word about the Healthier Campus Initiative.
To learn more about PHA's Healthier Campus Initiative, visit www.ahealthieramerica.org/campuses.