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.
- 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.
Steering Committee Goals
Determine opportunities for continued involvement with the Partnership for a Healthy America.
Host second annual Healthy Campus Summit.
Begin strategizing an overall assessment plan to demonstrate the impact of the Healthy Campus Initiative.
Increase academic area/faculty participation in the HCI.
Develop and implement HCI Grant Program to be managed by new sub-committee.
Complete and market comprehensive HCI strategic plan after consultant visit.
Develop a signature HCI program.
Explore additional internal and external funding opportunities.
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:
Increase employee wellness through programming and health services (i.e. tobacco cessation classes, TF support groups, and expansion of vaccination clinics across all campus sites).
Expand mental health promotion among faculty and staff through collaborative campus partnerships.
Develop a proposal for faculty/staff "flex-time" to support participation in tobacco cessation classes, EAP programming and/or physical activity/wellness.
Implement an employee/health and wellness health risk assessment or survey to establish baseline levels of health behaviors, belief, and conditions.
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. Explore the feasibility of an evidence based harm-reduction alcohol and other drug misuse prevention program.
2. Support tobacco cessation interventions for campus members, as well as evaluate their effectiveness.
a) Market and support B-Tobacco Free Support Group
b) Continue to offer campus tobacco cessation and support services
c) Evaluate tobacco free programs and services
3. With the OASAS and NIAAA grant awards for alcohol and other drug prevention and intervention work;
a) Hire a Campus Prevention Coordinator
b) Establish a community coalition
c) Expand the number of students referred by Office of Student Conduct to AOD services and begin screening students to determine educational experience
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:
Finalize and submit the strategic plan to the Jed Campus Program.
Based on the Jed strategic plan, form working groups to address major components of the plan. Probable work groups include Postvention, Policy, Education & Marketing, and Staff Training.
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:
- Market and support the Healthy Campus Initiative as needed (HCI, Health Summit, Health Fair, H&WC, consultant, PHA, NCHA, faculty/staff assessment).
- Increase outreach to agents: Assess through email analytics, # brochures distributed, # new agent signups.
- Revamp HCI website.
- Continue to utilize social media to expand the outreach efforts of the HCI.
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:
- Work towards the Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIM-OC) Gold Level recognition, which includes partnering with Health and/or Counseling Services to implement a patient referral program from physician to credentialed fitness professional. Would like to have a pilot group in place by the start of 2018 in order to meet the February 15th deadline for EIM.
- 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.). The committee will strive to produce 2-3 videos each semester of the 2017-2018 year.
- Promote and grow the Steps to B-Healthy Walking program through free campus events (offered by UTCD, B-Healthy, and CRS) and plan a large Walking Day event in April 2018. While we have planned and hosted this event in the past, the committee would like to draw more attention to the importance of this event in hopes of drawing a bigger attendance than in the past.
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:
Continue to collaborate with campus departments to promote peer nutrition education in dining centers.
Complete the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) audit to be included in the FARE Food Allergy College Search tool which allow prospective students and parents to review information about Binghamton University's accommodations for those with food allergies.
Continue to engage Binghamton University Dining staff in creating a healthy dining environment.
Collaborate with the Student Culinary Council to identify additional healthy options students are seeking on campus.
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:
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.
Implement and report on the results of the ACPA - National Faculty/Staff Health Assessment.
Develop an implementation strategy for the next NCHA survey launch in Spring 2018.
In collaboration with the Marketing Sub-Committee, develop a Binghamton university "Health Report Card" based on the results of NCHA Survey.
- Assist with the development of an overall evaluation and assessment strategy to demonstrate the impact of the Healthy Campus Initiative.