Healthier Campus Initiative
The Healthier Campus Initiative began in 2014 as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) program. 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. The Partnership focuses on working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity.
NC State was one of the inaugural 20 colleges and universities to initially sign on to a three-year commitment to adopt the PHA guidelines focused around nutrition, physical activity and programming. Since then, NC State as well as 43 other universities across the nation have pledged to uphold these guidelines designed to create healthy environments for students across America. In 2015, implementing all 23 guidelines two years ahead of schedule, NC State was the first campus in the nation to successfully complete the Healthier Campus Initiative, encouraging healthier options among the more than 40,000 students, faculty and staff on campus each year.
In addition to being PHA’s Healthiest Campus in America, our beloved mascot, Mr. Wuf holds PHA’s 2015 title of Healthiest Mascot. Further accolades include, recognition as one of the Top 10 Gluten Free Colleges by Udi’s Gluten Free and Top 26 Healthiest Colleges in the U.S. by Greatist in 2016.
“The fact that NC State has already met all elements of its commitment is a testament to their leadership in the effort to make healthier choices easier on college and university campuses, and we couldn’t be prouder to have them on board as a PHA partner.”
–PHA CEO Lawrence A. Soler
“Our commitment to providing a healthier campus and the strengths of our campus wide partnerships are reflected in this significant achievement. We’re proud to be part of this critical effort and hope our leadership spurs others to provide healthier options in their communities.”
–NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson on PHA Accolades
Healthy Campus Week (September 19-23) will be a celebration of healthy living at NC State. As a national leader in healthy campus initiatives, NC State Dining will highlight healthy eating on campus this week with a series of planned and surprise events promoting healthier lifestyles for students, faculty and staff. Click here for a list of Healthy Campus Week events or follow @WellFedWolfpack and #HealthyCampusWeek on Twitter and Instagram.