BY: CIENNA MADRID
Boise State has been selected as one of 31 schools across the country to be recognized as Healthy Campus Partners from the American College Health Association for its work implementing its campus-wide BroncoFit program.
Healthy Campus Partners are a diverse, motivated group of institutions of higher education and organizations that are committed to achieving Healthy Campus 2020 goals and objectives for improving the health of all students, staff and faculty on campuses nationwide.
“It is a great honor to be recognized as a Healthy Campus Partner through the American College Health Association’s Healthy Campus 2020 Initiative,” said Tim Dunnagan, dean of the College of Health Sciences. “We received this designation because we have a network of people across our campus who believe that creating a healthy learning environment is extremely important. We are actively taking steps to implement and track both individual and community based interventions that will positively impact the health and well-being of our Boise State community.”
The BroncoFit initiative began with strategic planning in University Health Services during the winter and spring of 2015. Health Services staff envisioned that they could help Boise State create America’s healthiest campus community. Dunnagan and Ron Pfeiffer, associate dean of the College of Health Sciences, fully embraced their vision and soon university administration was on board to make this vision a reality. The resulting initiative has been dubbed BroncoFit and was announced to the campus community during President Bob Kustra’s State of the University Address on Aug. 19, 2015.
Through BroncoFit, Boise State has committed to setting campus-wide health goals, like creating a BroncoFit Living Learning Community through Housing and Residence Life. The campus also has pledged to develop a data tool for measuring program performance, and utilize benchmarks to compare local and national data, among other things.