Partnership For A Healthier America

In November 2014, at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, the Partnership For A Healthier America officially annouces the new Healthier Campus Initiative. UNH is proud to be in the first cohort of campus partnerships, with 19 other colleges and universities, collectively impacting more than 500,00 students and 126,000 faculty and staff.

UNH has agreed to implement and maintain the following guidelines:

  • Make free water available in all dining, recreational and educational facilities.
  • Make available Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) for personal nutrition assessments and counseling to all students.
    • Our RDN Rochelle is available by appointment to help with students navigate the dining halls. She can provide assistance with choosing healthy menu items that include all food groups, vegetarian and vegan options, product or recipe informationa, food allergies, and more.
  • Provide at least one (1) bicycle parking space on campus for every fifteen (15) individuals on campus.
  • Offer a bicycle share/rental program and/or a subsidized bicycle purchase program for all individuals on campus.
  • Implement a campus-wide program/policy that incentivizes the use of public or campus provided transportation
  • Provide, without a use fee, sixteen (16) hours per day access to at least one (1) fitness or recretion center for all students
    • The Hamel Rec Center is open 7 days a week for students to use. Recently expaned, the fitness center includes many features including over 18,000 square feet, renovated locker rooms, demo kitchens, different courts and much more.
  • Offer a minimum of twenty (20) diverse recreation, physical activity/movement or competitive sports opportunities during each academic year.
  • Offer, without a use fee, a minimum of one (1) monthly "how to" physical activity/movement class that introduces students to new activities.
  • Offer a rental outdoor recreation equipment program for students.
  • Make available certified personal trainers for all students.
  • Offer only a total number of fried foods that does not exceed the total number of platforms available at both lunch and dinner (if served) across all venues.
  • Offer tray-less dining in at least seventy-five percent (75%) of dining venues
  • Provide marked walking routes on campus, one of which must be at least two (2) miles in length and have distance markers at regular intervas. A route map is make available to individuals on campus.
  • Provide at least one running/walking track that is open and available for use to individuals on campus and the community for at least three (3) hours per day.
  • Offer a healthier catering menu that only includes foods and beverages that meet healthier food and nutrition guidelines.
  • Offer on the menu a minimum of one (1) wellness meal at each breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal (if served).
  • Offere a minimum of five (5) types of fruit, five (5) types of vegetables and two (2) 100% whole grain products at both lunch and dinner (if served).
  • Offer and identify has healthier at point of presentation at least three (3) desserts at both lunch and dinner that have no more thatn 150 calories as served.
  • Designate healthier food and beverage options using a healthy icon at the point of presentation
  • offer a plant-based food option at every platform serving meat.
  • Implement an integrated, comprehensive wellness program for individuals on campus that is provided annually. The program will include all of the following components:
    • A coordinating committee that includes student, faculty, administrative and staff representatives and meets at least quarterly;
    • Health and wellness education and activities for all individuals on campus;
    • Activities that incorporate provisions for individuals with disabilities;
    • A promotional plan to market the wellness program thorugh at least one online venue and three physical venues on campus;
    • Provision of annual physical activity/movement and nutrition training for all resident assistants (RAs) to help them inform students about campus resources available for wellness.
  • Offer a rewards-on-benefits structured program that gives insurance premium discounts and/or rebates to individuals on campus who participate in a wellness program designed by the health insurer on campus.