CSU Bakersfield Takes Pledge to Become Healthy Campus 2020 Partner

California State University, Bakersfield has joined the growing list of institutions and organizations working to improve the health of campus communities by taking the American College Health Association’s Healthy Campus Pledge and is now considered a Healthy Campus 2020 Partner.

“This pledge demonstrates CSUB’s commitment toward achieving the Healthy Campus 2020 goals and objectives,” said Mary O’Mahoney, Director of the CSUB Student Recreation Center. “Our campus has joined a group of diverse, motivated institutions and organizations working every day to move campuses across our nation toward better health.”

Becoming a Healthy Campus Partner reflects CSUB’s commitment to health and well-being while joining a national movement to create healthier students, faculty, and staff. The CSUB Wellness Committee, led by Leah Bank, the Student Recreation Center’s Coordinator for Fitness and Wellness, and Lauren Ash, Health Educator at Student Health Services, is a collaborative effort of many campus departments including, the Counseling Center, Services for Students with Disabilities, Student Housing and Residence Life, and many others.

The Committee has established and developed a campus wellness mission and vision and has been actively working towards attaining Healthy Campus goals and objectives including developing branding and collaborating with a network of on-and-off campus partners.

While no two Healthy Campus initiatives are exactly alike, most involve a network of people working toward a common vision that includes prioritization of our campus community’s health needs, clearly defined strategies, individualized focused interventions, and tracking progress through data collection.

Healthy Campus 2020 is the companion framework to Healthy People 2020, the federal government’s health promotion and disease prevention initiative for achieving better health across the United States. Healthy Campus 2020 provides a framework for improving the overall health status on campuses nationwide. Beyond traditional interventions of education, diagnosis, treatment, and health care at clinical levels, strategies involve embedding health into all aspects of campus culture, across the administration, operations, and academics.

To celebrate this partnership and the launch of the CSUB Wellness initiative, a campus-wide kick-off event will take place on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Runner Park.

For more information, or to get involved with CSUB Wellness, please visit www.csub.edu/wellness/. You can also follow CSUB Wellness on Instagram and Facebook @csubwellness.

For information about Healthy Campus 2020, please visit www.acha.org/healthycampus.

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