The mission of the Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) is to cultivate a culture and environment of health and well-being that is supportive of individuals and groups in pursuit of their optimal potential. This mission can only be accomplished through the outstanding efforts of our campus partners. Some examples include:
A guiding principle of the HCI is to develop opportunities to engage students across their lifespan at the University. By partnering with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the mission and purpose is shared with prospective students and families even before they have committed to attend. Print materials and the tour guide staff incorporate our messaging into campus visits. Health and wellness are top priorities for Binghamton University.
The Binghamton University Bike Share program offers free bike rentals to students, faculty and staff.
Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT):
The CLT promotes and supports excellence in student-centered learning for the Binghamton University teaching community. Research indicates that well-being is associated with deep learning, and that teaching practices contribute to experiences of well-being (Harward, 2016; El Anasari & Stock, 2010; Stanton, Zandvliet, Dhaliwal & Black, 2016). Together, the CLT and HCI are exploring ways to encompass student well-being practices into the classroom setting.
CSA Farm Share
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm Share program started in 2019 with Catskill Cattle Company, a family farm located in Deposit, N.Y. Catskill Cattle Company focuses on using modern agriculture practices to ensure a lesser environmental impact. The farm grows several varieties of fresh produce and raises registered and commercial cattle. The massive variety they offer makes it possible for on-campus participants to not only choose the size of their weekly vegetable share, but they can also take advantage of the opportunity to add a weekly delivery of farm eggs, milk or ground beef.
There are several CSA Farm Share options in the Broome County area. We encourage everyone to explore the many different farms that participate and consider joining one. A few are certified organic, many others offer specialty items to their customers.
Exercise is Medicine
The Exercise is Medicine® On campus (EIM-OC) is a global health initiative aimed at bridging the gap between healthcare providers and campus fitness professionals to promote physical activity to populations of the university community who are failing to participate in recommended doses of physical activity. EIM-OC uses physical activity to address chronic diseases and a growing number of mental health issues, through appropriately prescribed exercise.
The EIM-OC program serves Binghamton University students, faculty and staff by providing: free comprehensive fitness consultations with an EIM exercise professional, personalized physical activity programming guidelines tailored to the client's choice of environment and exercise preferences and a referral to other appropriate wellness resources or professionals on campus when needed.
Health and Wellness Community:
This all-freshmen residential community is located in Old Digman Hall and promotes a healthy lifestyle with wellness spaces, fitness equipment, classes and a meditation labyrinth.
Health and Wellness Incentive Reimbursement Pilot Program:
This pilot program allows University benefit-eligible faculty and staff* (temporary hourly University employees are not eligible for this program) to apply for a 50 percent reimbursement of their FitSpace fitness membership fee after completing a set number of exercise sessions.
Located next to Old Digman Hall, we have created a mindful meditation labyrinth where students and staff can slow down, walk the spiral path and relax.
Binghamton University and Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) have collaborated on a nutrition initiative called "Plus1," an easy way to add just one healthy food or drink option a day.
Steps to B-Healthy:
Walking is an easy and effective way to increase activity levels, manage stress and encourage camaraderie. Participants in this free program compete in monthly contests and receive rewards for meeting step goals. Healthier students, faculty and staff mean a healthier University. There are a number of walking trails on campus. As part of our Partnership for a Healthier America initiative, HCI installed mileage signs every .2 miles around the "brain" and "extended brain."
Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus. The use of all tobacco products is prohibited on all University property. For more information, as well as a list of tobacco cessation resources, visit the tobacco-free website.