Concord University First University In West Virginia To Join Partnership For A Healthier America

For Immediate Release: 
May 30 2017

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement 

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,


After 4 p.m.

Office: 304-384-5211

Cell: 304-320-6405






Concord University commits to deliver healthier options and promote more opportunities for physical activity to help improve the health of students, faculty and staff



ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University announced it will join the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA honorary chair Former First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier. The three-year commitment will positively impact over 2000 students in addition to faculty and staff on the Concord University campus.


Concord University signs on as a part of PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative, which includes over 50 colleges and universities, collectively impacting more than 1.2 million students, faculty and staff across the United States.


Over the next three years Concord University has agreed to implement 23 guidelines centering on improving food and nutrition options, including on-campus dining venues and promoting water consumption as a drink option; promoting physical activity and movement; and providing wellness programming. Examples of the guidelines include: offering at least five types of fruits, five types of vegetables, and two 100% whole grain products at lunch and dinner; listing calories of food and beverage items or using a “healthy icon” to designate healthier food and beverage options; providing marked walking routes on campus, with a route map available; encouraging student physical activity through facilities and programs; providing an on-campus option for students who may be food insecure; and accommodating breastfeeding mothers on campus.


“With West Virginia leading the nation in many negative health indicators, we think it important to include health and wellness as part of the educational experience for the Concord community. The Partnership for a Healthier America allows us to demonstrate Concord’s commitment to improving the lives of our students, faculty, staff, and communities,” stated Concord University President Kendra Boggess.


Earlier this year Concord participated in the White House Healthy Campus Challenge and was selected as one of sixty higher education institutions of the 350 participating campuses to visit the White House and receive recognition as a White House Healthy Campus. It was through this honor that Concord pursued participation with the PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative.


“Colleges and universities are in a unique position to help shape tomorrow’s leaders, no matter where their education takes them,” said PHA CEO Lawrence A. Soler. “We know that going to college is a time of change for many students we also know that means it’s a time when new habits are formed. By creating healthier food and physical activity environments today, campuses and universities are encouraging healthier habits that will carry over into tomorrow.”


For more information on PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative, visit





Dr. Jill Nolan (second from the right), Assistant Professor of Health Education, represented

 Concord University at the PHA Summit where new campus partners were recognized. 



Dr. Jill Nolan (second from the right), Assistant Professor of Health Education, represented

 Concord University as one of the new campus partners in the Healthier Campus Initiative.



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. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but independent from – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity experts. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. Most important, PHA ensures that commitments made are commitments kept by working with unbiased, third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress our partners are making. For more information about PHA, please visit and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews.





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