The Partnership for a Healthier America or PHA has made a commitment to working towards a healthier future for the nation’s youth by helping the crisis of childhood obesity. George Mason University and many other colleges are partnering up with PHA and its honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama to create healthier options on campus.

In November 2014, George Mason University signed The Healthier Campus Initiative, a Memorandum of understanding between the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) which commits George Mason University to meeting 23 Guidelines “around nutrition, physical activity, and programming on campus” ( Ten of the guidelines are related to food.

Below are the PHA Guidelines that Mason Dining has committed to meeting:

PHA Food & Nutritional Guidelines

-Make available RDN for personal nutrition
assessments & counseling to all students

-Make free water available in all dining venues
& all educational/physical activity facilities

-Offer tray-less dining in at least seventy-five
percent (75%) of dining venues

-Offer a minimum of 5 types of fruit , 5 types of
vegetables and 2 100% whole grain products at
both lunch & dinner

-Offer on menu a minimum of 1 wellness meal at
each B, L, D meal

-Offer & identify as healthier point of presentation
at least three desserts at both lunch and dinner that
have <150 calories as served.

-Label food and beverage items offered with calories
per serving at the point of presentation.

-Offer only a total number of fried foods that does
not exceed the total # of platforms available at both
lunch & dinner across all venues.

-Implement a local food procurement program that
increases procurement of local & sustainable foods.

-Offer a healthier catering menu that only includes
foods and beverages that meet healthier food and
nutrition guidelines.