May 3, 2018

CU’s New Commitment to Promote & Support Healthier Options on Campus Puts it at the Forefront of the Cultural Shift Towards Wellness

CU’s New Commitment to Promote & Support Healthier Options on Campus Puts it at the Forefront of the Cultural Shift Towards Wellness

Today, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania has agreed to make its campus environment healthier and announced a three-year commitment to Partnership for a Healthier America’s (PHA) Healthier Campus Initiative, a commitment designed to enhance the campus environment by supporting and promoting healthier eating and improved physical fitness.

“Our students are our nation’s future leaders,” said Thom Nixon Director of Residence Life and Housing at Cheyney. “During their formative college years, many students will develop lifelong habits. It’s our goal to promote and support them in developing healthier nutrition and fitness habits that will set the stage for a lifetime of wellness. We are proud to be a pioneer in the movement to creating a culture change towards health and hope our example leads others to join the movement.”

Cheyney is one of more than 60 forward-thinking institutions of higher learning to make a commitment to implement PHA’s promising practices that range from offering healthy wellness meals to providing access to drinking water and more diverse opportunities for physical activity.

“We are extremely pleased to have Cheyney University as a HCI partner,” said Nancy Roman, President and CEO of the Partnership for a Healthier America. “Cheyney University’s leadership is important step forward towards realizing PHA’s goal that all young people grow up free from obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other conditions associated with excess weight.”

PHA and its campus partners use the hashtag #HealthyCampus to promote healthy living.

For more information, please contact Thom Nixon,

Top Photo: Thom Nixon, Director of Residence Life and Housing at CU photographed with Cheyney’s Wellness Specialist & Coach, Tracey Smith and Healthy Summit Coordinator, Kimberly O’Shields. O’Shields is also the granddaughter of Coach William O’Shields, a Cheyney pioneer and legendary athletic coach, whose legacy lives on at the University in the football stadium that bears his name.

About Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA)

PHA’s mission is to leverage the power of the private sector to bring lasting systemic changes that improve the food supply, increase healthy choices, increase physical activity and contribute to a culture of health. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but independent from – Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA identifies, accelerates and celebrates voluntary business practices that improve or increase choice or lead to new norms and behavior around food and physical activity. For more information about PHA, please visit and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews.