About the initiative

Mission

Through collaborative efforts across Binghamton University's divisions, the Healthy Campus Initiative strives to cultivate a culture that is supportive of individuals and groups in pursuit of their optimal potential. 

History and Purpose

Binghamton University’s Healthy Campus Initiative: B-Healthy: Choose well, Be Well, originated with President Harvey Stenger’s strategic planning Creative Activities and Research Road Map Team and the concept of making “Binghamton University the healthiest campus.” A cross-divisional committee was convened through the Division of Student Affairs in 2012 with the aim of integrating student health and wellness into Binghamton University’s educational mission by developing policies and programs to enhance the academic environment.

The goal of the Healthy Campus Initiative is to create an environment and identity that encourages and supports healthy living. Improving the health and well-being of our community and its members improves students’ capacity to learn; reduces some of the high-impact impediments to academic performance; improves student retention by improving coping strategies and psychological health; and sets the stage for lifelong healthy living.

Purpose

  • To generate an identity for the initiative that creates an awareness of the abundance of healthier living options available to the University community
  • To showcase Binghamton University as a healthy campus by highlighting unique resources and celebrating institutional and personal achievements.
  • To effectively change the culture and environment of the campus in a way that supports the pursuit of the constituents' optimal potential and improves their overall health status.

2016-17 Goals

Steering Committee Goals

  1. Successfully complete the remaining guidelines for the Partnership for a Healthier America contract.  Determine opportunities for continued involvement with the Partnership beyond the contract end date.  

  2. Host a comprehensive large scale showcase of the Healthy Campus Initiative.

  3. Begin strategizing an overall assessment plan to demonstrate the impact of the Healthy Campus Initiative.

  4. Solidify at least one academic based partnership.

  5. Begin plans for a comprehensive visioning and strategic planning process.

  6. Explore additional internal and external funding opportunities.

  7. Explore the possibilities of adding dedicated staff to the Healthy Campus Initiative.  

Sub-Committee Goals

Employee Health and Wellness

The Employee Health and Wellness Sub-Committee supports the Healthy Campus Initiative by focusing on improving employee engagement in health and wellness related activities and by exploring and improving institutional support, human resource policies, bargaining units’ participation and health benefits.  The sub-committee also encourages faculty/staff members to incorporate the Healthy Campus mission into their daily student encounters. Goals for the year include:

  1. Develop a proposal for faculty/staff “flex-time” to support participation in tobacco cessation classes, EAP programming and/or physical activity/wellness.   

  2. Further develop the Postvention plans for faculty/staff.

  3. Video record EAP wellness programs for faculty/staff to access at their convenience.

  4. Explore possibilities for the creation of a comprehensive, dedicated employee/health and wellness program which includes a health risk assessment

  5. Achieve the designation of AHA “Fit-Friendly” worksite and evaluate participation in the AHA Worksite Health Solutions program.  

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Sub-Committee supports the Healthy Campus Initiative by working to   promote the prevention of high risk drug and alcohol use. This group will work in tandem with the Interdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Program (ITURP) who supports the tobacco free policy and cessation efforts on campus.  Goals for the year include:

  1. Gain approval for and begin the pilot for a nurse managed Cessation Clinic on campus.

  2. Collaborate with the Tobacco Free Campus Initiative Task Force -Education & Smoking Cessation Programming Sub-committee to develop and distribute a survey of the campus community regarding campus tobacco use.

  3. Develop tobacco cessation interventions for campus members, as well as evaluate their effectiveness.

  4. Expand the number of students referred by Student Conduct to AOD services and begin screening students to determine educational experience.

  5. Roll out the “Party Positive” harm-reduction alcohol misuse prevention program.

Mental Health

The Mental Health Sub-Committee is an interdisciplinary team supporting the Healthy Campus Initiative by promoting emotional and mental wellness, including suicide prevention. This group assesses current aspects of mental health on campus and implements programs that positively influence emotional well-being.  Goals for year include:

  1. Finalize and submit the strategic plan to the Jed Campus Program.

  2. Based on the Jed strategic plan, form working groups to address: medical withdrawals due to mental health issues and the alcohol and other drugs policies related to education and transportation.

  3. Formalize goals and timelines for the working groups in goal #2.  

Marketing/Branding

The Marketing Sub-Committee supports the Healthy Campus Initiative by communicating its endeavors and campus-wide health programming through use of the website, print materials and social media. The Sub-Committee ensures proper usage of the Healthy Campus logo and the implementation of our branding strategy. Goals for the year include:

1.   Provide necessary marketing support for the Health & Wellness Community in Old Digman Hall

2.   Continue to create required pieces for the PHA initiatives and share success stories as appropriate

3.   Market and support the Healthy Campus Summit event as needed

4.   Continue to utilize social media to expand the outreach efforts of the HCI

Physical Activity

The Physical Activity Sub-Committee supports the Healthy Campus Initiative by working to bring physical activity awareness and education to the campus community through collaborative efforts. Emphasis is on increasing overall participation in exercise, connecting the benefits of physical activity to other health related issues and creating an environment that supports an active lifestyle. Goals for the year include:

1.   Work towards the Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIM-OC) Gold Level recognition, which includes offering events under the EIM-OC name promoting exercise as medicine.

2.   Partner with the Decker Student Health Service to offer screenings, consultations, and/or body comp assessments to students who indicate they want further information on exercise during their patient intake evaluation.

3.   Create a series of videos about fitness and nutrition technology to be posted online (how to use myfitnesspal, how to find Sodexo nutrition information, how to use Fitspace treadmills, etc.).

Nutrition

The Nutrition Sub-Committee upholds the Healthy Campus Initiative's mission by working to create positive and engaging dining environments on campus that make selecting and attaining healthier food options easier for patrons.  Goals for the year include:

  1. Continue to implement the use of the B-Healthy logo in the dining halls to support the Partnership for a Healthier America year one, two, and three goals.

  2. Collaborate with campus departments to promote peer nutrition education in dining centers.

  3. Continue to enroll Sodexo dining hall staff in the Healthy Campus Agent program.  

  4. Review the National Collegiate Health Assessment, identify a minimum of two nutrition areas of concern and work with campus departments on nutrition programs and passive awareness campaigns that target these specific areas.

Evaluation & Assessment

The Evaluation & Assessment Sub-Committee supports the Healthy Campus Initiative by reviewing existing campus data as part of an ongoing needs assessment, helping to prioritize programming efforts and resources and helping in the planning and implementation of new assessment tools. Goals for the year include:

  1. Continue to mine existing data for specific elements which may be related to the HCI. Special emphasis will be placed on those that could help document changes in culture, behavior or perceptions.

  2. In collaboration with the Marketing Sub-Committee, develop a Binghamton University “Health Report Card” based on the results of NCHA Survey.

  3. Develop an implementation strategy for the next NCHA survey launch in 2017.

  4. Assist with the development of an overall evaluation and assessment strategy to demonstrate the impact of the Healthy Campus Initiative.

Programming

The Programming Sub-Committee supports the Healthy Campus Initiative by assisting organizations in the use of the Healthy Campus brand, reviewing program proposals, assisting with learning outcomes development and post-program evaluation, or in the development of new health/wellness programs. This group also collaborates on the use of B-Engaged to track student participation in health-related programs. Goals for the year include:

  1. Develop criteria for a Healthy Campus Initiative program/ event designation on B-Engaged. Work with SAASI to identify programs that meet the HCI criteria.

  2. Develop measurable objectives that campus members could utilize when creating & implementing health/wellness programs/events.

  3. Identify accurate and factual resources to be used in marketing pieces

  4. Inventory existing health resources on campus and identify areas/topics which may be in need of additional attention.

  5. Create and activate a planning group to begin exploring the concept of implementing a campus wide Wellness Certificate program.   

Last Updated: 12/7/16