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Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA)

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. First Lady Michelle Obama serves as honorary chair of the PHA.

Its latest initiative is a partnership with 20 colleges and universities, including Binghamton University, aimed at making our nation's campuses healthier by adopting guidelines around food and nutrition, physical activity and programming.

As a PHA institution, Binghamton University has committed to work toward, and publicly report its progress on, the following 23 goals over the next three years: 

Food and nutrition

Binghamton will implement the following food and nutrition guidelines:

Provide healthier food and beverage services in campus-operated dining venues every operational day
  • Offer on the menu a minimum of one wellness meal at each breakfast, lunch and dinner meal (if served).
  • Offer a minimum of five types of fruits, five types of vegetables and two 100 percent whole grain products at both lunch and dinner (if served).
  • Offer only a total number of fried foods that does not exceed the total number of platforms available at both lunch and dinner (if served) across all venues.
  • Offer and identify as healthier at point of presentation at least three desserts at both lunch and dinner (if served) that have less than 150 calories as served.
  • Identify food and beverage items using one of the following strategies:
    • Label food and beverage items offered with calories per serving at the point of presentation, or
    • Designate healthier food and beverage options using a healthy icon at the point of presentation.
  • Offer a plant-based food option at every platform serving meat.
Implement local food or sustainability program in campus food service
  • Implement a local food procurement program that increases procurement of local and sustainable foods.
Provide healthier catering services on campus
  • Offer one of the following healthier catering menu options:
    • Offer a minimum of three types of fruits, three types of vegetables, two 100 percent whole grain products and no more than two fried items on catering menus, or
    • Offer a healthier catering menu that only includes foods and beverages that meet healthier food and nutrition guidelines.
Promote water consumption on campus
  • Make free water available in all dining venues and all educational/physical activity facilities.
Provide trained food and nutrition professionals on campus
  • Make available Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) for personal nutrition assessments and counseling to all students.

Physical activity/movement

Binghamton will implement the following physical activity/movement guidelines:

Create a built environment that encourages healthier choices on campus
  • Provide marked walking routes on campus, one of which must be at least two miles in length and have distance markers at regular intervals. A route map is made available to individuals on campus.
  • Post signage requiring cars to stop for pedestrians at all designated or marked crosswalks on campus.
  • Offer a bicycle share/rental program and/or a subsidized bicycle purchase program for all students.
  • Implement a campus-wide program/policy that incentivizes the use of public or campus provided transportation.
Encourage student physical activity/movement through facilities and programs on campus during the academic year
  • Provide, without a user fee, 16 hours per day access to at least one fitness/recreation center for all students.
  • Offer a minimum of 20 diverse recreation, physical activity/movement or competitive sports opportunities during each academic year.
  • Offer, without a user fee, a minimum of one monthly "how to" physical activity/movement class that introduces students to new activities.
Encourage outdoor physical activity/movement on campus
  • Provide at least one running/walking track that is open and available for use to individuals on campus and the community for at least three hours per day.
  • Offer a rental outdoor recreation equipment program for students.
Provide trained physical activity/movement professionals on campus
  • Make available certified personal trainers for all students.


Binghamton will implement the following programming guidelines:

Implement an integrated, comprehensive wellness program for individuals on campus that is provided annually
  • The program will include all of the following components:
    • A coordinating committee that includes student, faculty, administrative and staff representatives and meets at least quarterly.
    • Health and wellness education and activities for all individuals on campus.
    • Activities that incorporate provisions for individuals with disabilities.
    • A promotion plan to market the wellness program through at least one online venue and three physical venues on campus.
    • Provision of annual physical activity/movement and nutrition training for all resident assistants (RAs) to help them inform students about campus resources available for wellness.
Offer other wellness programs on campus
  • Implement a program/policy that identifies students who may be food insecure and provides options on campus.
  • Implement a service-learning program available to all students that focuses on food and nutrition, physical activity/movement and/or coaching.

Last Updated: 4/16/18