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

Today, SUNY Cobleskill 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, in a three-year commitment to implement guidelines around food and nutrition, and physical activity and wellness programming. This initiative will affect more than 2,400 students and 460 faculty and staff on the SUNY Cobleskill campus.

“Good health is a vital factor in student success that is too often overlooked,” said Mary Radliff, Co-Director of the Wellness Center at SUNY Cobleskill. “We are proud to join the Partnership for a Healthier America to ensure that we are doing our best to support and promote healthier lifestyles among our students, faculty, and staff.”

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

SUNY Cobleskill has agreed to implement 23 guidelines over the next three years to improve access to healthier food options, encourage physical activity, and educate the campus community about health and wellness.


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“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 www.ahealthieramerica.org/campuses.

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 www.aHealthierAmerica.org and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews.