Penn: First Ivy to Complete Healthier Campus Initiative

This spring, Penn became the first Ivy League school to complete The Healthier Campus Initiative of the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA). Penn created and implemented 23 novel policies that improve nutrition, physical activity, sustainability and overall wellness.

Healthier options in dining halls are being offered, lactation policies have been improved, and daily physical activity is now more encouraged. To meet the goals, Penn required collaboration among numerous organizations on campus, including HR, VPUL’s Student Health Service and Campus Health, the Center for Public Health Initiatives, Penn Recreation, FRES’ Office of Sustainability, and Business Services’ Bon Appétit Management Company and Penn Dining.

PHA was founded in conjunction with the former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign. PHA developed a Healthier Campus Initiative for colleges and universities to commit to making their campuses healthier. Each participating college or university chooses to complete 23 objectives, within three years, centered around campus-wide health and wellness policies, nutrition, physical activity and sustainability.