8 Reasons Why Binghamton Is One of the 25 Healthiest Colleges in the U.S.

Posted by Morgan Gold on December 22, 2015

Binghamton University proves that the college lifestyle is not all about binge eating junk food and watching Netflix in bed all day. Health and wellness have become a top priority since the campus launched its B-Healthy initiative in 2013. Greatist.com recently named Binghamton one of the Top 25 Healthiest Colleges in the U.S. Here are eight reasons why!

1. A fully stacked Fitness Center

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Looking to bulk up or slim down? Break a sweat at FitSpace, the recently renovated campus fitness center. FitSpace offers a wide range of exercise options, such as cardio, weightlifting, group fitness classes, a gym for group sports and a five-lane pool.

2. Fun ways to stay active outdoors

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If you’re feeling adventurous, Outdoor Pursuits offers classes, as well as rental equipment, for activities such as hiking and paddling on local rivers, the challenge ropes course and 18-hole disc golf. When it's warm out, enjoy the weather and make use of the Peace Quad for yoga or a quick game of frisbee. Keep the fun going after dark on the well-lit, 130,000-square-foot artificial turf field!

3. Loads of healthy food

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Boring, greasy dining hall food is a thing of the past! Binghamton dining halls offer a variety of healthy options to fulfill your dietary needs. Options include a refreshing water hydration station with infused fruits, sushi, extensive salad and yogurt parfait bars.

Do you have food allergies or only eat vegan? Try Simple Servings, located in the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center and Appalachian Dining Hall, for food that doesn't contain the FDA's seven most common allergens. Also, visit Gifts From the Garden, located in College-in-the-Woods. a vegan station that serves produce from the campus farm, BU Acres.

As of this fall, the Plus1 campaign is available in all resident dining centers across campus, encouraging students, faculty and staff to add at least one healthy option every day e.g. one wellness meal; one fruit, veggie and/or wholegrain; or one glass of water. Adding just one can help you maintain a healthy weight, decrease your chances of getting sick and improve your mental health. 

4. Nature Preserve trails

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One of the most scenic spots on campus, the Nature Preserve boasts 190 acres of protected forest and wetlands and a six-acre pond. What’s better than fresh air and a gorgeous view while burning calories? With over 11 miles of maintained hiking and running trails, it’s a great place for fitness. If you’re lucky, you might even run into some wildlife.

5. Spirited group sports

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Want to relive your high school varsity days? Join a Club Sport -- no tryouts necessary! Over 2,000 students participate in 39 recreational and competitive clubs, many of which have won regional and national championships. The Intramural program offers a variety of individual and team sports for more than 3,000 students annually. Sports offered include bubble soccer, billiards, racquetball, tennis, table tennis, flag and arena flag football, outdoor and indoor soccer, volleyball, bowling, basketball, floor hockey, co-ed dodgeball, co-ed kickball and softball.

6. Sparking a healthy lifestyle through education

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How can you live a healthy lifestyle if you don’t know how? The Mindful program by Sodexo provides great tasting food and helpful tips from a registered dietician on making healthy choices. Nutrition counseling is offered to students, faculty and staff free of charge with the University's registered dietician (Alexa). Student learning continues through a 2-credit General Education requirement for physical activity and wellness; Binghamton remains the only school in the SUNY system with this requirement. Our OUT classes also fill the general education requirement.

7. Impactful mental health programs

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Stressed about finals? Take a break from studying and play with therapy dogs! The campus provides preventative outreach services that include stress management and suicide gatekeeper training. The University Counseling Center also offers free preventive and clinical mental health services to all students to enhance psychological well-being. Peer outreach programs include 20:1 Sexual Assault Prevention, Bystander Intervention programs and Mental Health Outreach Peer Educators.

8. Nurturing health services

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As the weather gets cold and you start to sniffle, don’t fret! Decker Health Services provides students with primary care of acute illness and injury, health education, sexual health, immunizations, HIV testing and psychiatric consultation from board-certified medical providers. Decker also recently added a certified diabetes educator, who provides knowledge and experience in diabetes management, prediabetes and diabetes prevention.

With all of these healthy initiatives on campus, Binghamton really does prove to be one of the healthiest colleges in America! 

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