- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - The University of New Hampshire is going to start offering more fruits and vegetables and lower-calorie desserts at its dining areas.

The changes are coming as a result of UNH signing on to the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Healthier Campus Initiative, a three-year commitment to make the campus healthier by adopting guidelines around food, nutrition, physical activity and programming.

Among the changes UNH has agreed to implement or maintain over the next three years are making free water available in all dining and educational/physical activity facilities, limiting fried food, offering at least three desserts that are fewer than 150 calories, offering a plant-based food option at every place serving meat and making registered nutritionists available.

It also plans to provide or maintain more parking spaces for bicycles and offer a bicycle share/rental program with designated bike lanes.

“UNH has been committed to improving the health of its community for many years,” said Dick Cannon, vice president of finance and administration and founder of the campus’ Healthy UNH initiative. “We want to empower every member of our community to make healthy choices and we strive to be the healthiest campus in the country by 2020. Joining PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative is a great next step in our work toward that goal.”

UNH officials say the campus already meets more than half of the 23 guidelines. They are confident the others will be in place by spring 2017.


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