UNITED TRIBES TECHNICAL COLLEGE commits to deliver healthier options and promote more opportunities for physical activity to help improve the health of students, faculty and staff.

[BISMARCK] — Today, United Tribes Technical College announced it will join the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA honorary chair Former First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier, in a three-year commitment to implement guidelines around food and nutrition, and physical activity and wellness programming. This initiative will impact 250 students and over 200 members of faculty and staff on the UTTC campus.

UTTC’s representative to PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative, Mara Yborra a nutrition educator says, “UTTC already has done so much to become a healthier campus, but it will be exciting to see what else we can accomplish with Partnerships for a Healthier American to create a culture of wellness.”

UTTC signs on as a part of PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative, which includes over 50 colleges and universities, collectively impacting more than 1.2 million students, faculty and staff across the United States.

UTTC has agreed to implement the following guidelines over the next three years:

Food & Nutrition

  1. Provide healthier food and beverage service in campus-operated dining venues every operational day by:
  • Offering at least one wellness meal during breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Offering at least five types of fruits, five types of vegetables and two 100% whole grain products at lunch and dinner.
  • Offering 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.
  • Ensuring the percentage of healthier beverage purchases is at least 60% of total beverage purchases.
  • Listing calories of food & beverage items or using a “healthy icon” to designate healthier food and beverage options at the point of presentation
  1. Implement a local food or sustainability program in campus food service by:
  • Implementing a local food procurement program that increases procurement of local and sustainable foods.
  1. Provide healthier vending options on campus by ensuring that a minimum of 50% of vending machines offer only healthier food and beverage products or 50% of each vending machine content is healthier food and beverage products.
  2. Provide healthier catering services on campus by:
  • Creating a healthier catering menu 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.
  1. Promote water consumption on campus by offering free water in all dining venues and all educational/physical activity facilities.
  2. Provide trained food and nutrition professionals on campus and offer personal nutrition assessments and counseling to all students.

Physical Activity & Movement

  1. Create a built environment that encourages healthier choices on campus by:
  • Posting signage at all designated or marked crosswalks on campus that requires cars to stop for pedestrians
  • Providing at least one bicycle parking space on campus for every 15 individuals on campus.
  1. Encourage student physical activity/movement through facilities and programs on campus during the academic year by:
  • Offering at least forty total diverse non-competitive group fitness opportunities during each academic year AND diverse competitive sports, intramural or informal recreation opportunities each academic year.
  • Offering at least one “how to” physical activity/movement class that introduces students to new activities free of charge each month.
  • Offering at least one organized and facilitated fifteen-minute physical activity opportunity on each school day.
  • Offering all incoming students fitness/recreation center orientation and one fitness assessment each year free of cost.
  1. Encourage outdoor physical activity/movement on campus by:
  • Providing an outdoor fitness system.
  • Offering at least one free, organized and facilitated, outdoor physical activity/movement opportunity each week
  • Offering a rental outdoor recreation equipment program for students.
  • Providing at least twenty outdoor recreation clinics and/or trips during each academic year

Wellness Programming

  1. Implement an integrated, comprehensive wellness program for individuals on campus that is provided annually.
  2. Implement other wellness programs on campus that include:
  • A mandatory health and wellness education online module to be completed by all incoming first year freshman or transfer students upon registering with the college or university.
  • Offering a rewards-on-benefits structured program that gives insurance premium discounts and/or rebates to individuals on campus who participate in a wellness program.

“Colleges and universities are in a unique position to help shape tomorrow’s leaders, no matter where their education takes them,” said PHA CEO Lawrence A. Soler. “We know that going to college is a time of change for many students—we also know that means it’s a time when new habits are formed. By creating healthier food and physical activity environments today, campuses and universities are encouraging healthier habits that will carry over into tomorrow.”

For more information on PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative, visit www.ahealthieramerica.org/campuses.                                           

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. 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. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. Most important, PHA ensures that commitments made are commitments kept by working with unbiased, third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress our partners are making. For more information about PHA, please visit www.aHealthierAmerica.org and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews.