Healthy Campus


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The Jacksonville University Healthy Campus Program is designed to promote health and wellness for students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Through collective action and input from the JU community, we identify health priorities and advocate for policies, services, and environments that systemically support health and wellness. By emphasizing a culture of wellness, we support individuals and our community in adopting and maintaining healthy behaviors to improve quality of life. A healthy campus provides added value, beyond what individuals provide for themselves. The Jacksonville University campus will be known for cultivating an environment of wellness where positive health choices are a part of everyday life. Our Program supports a campus environment that fosters health and well-being for all community members to learn, grow, and achieve.

What makes JU a healthy campus?

Awards & Recognition

Jacksonville University seeks the highest standards in the Healthy Campus Program initiative and our excellence has been recognized by multiple organizations at local, regional and national levels. These awards reflect the commitment of Jacksonville University to serve students, faculty, staff, alumni and our surrounding community.

Exercise Is Medicine On Campus Silver Level Recognition

Exercise Is Medicine on Campus logoExercise Is Medicine On Campus is a program specific to colleges and universities, challenging higher education to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health. Jacksonville University has been awarded Bronze Level in recognition of the University’s promotion of awareness of the many health benefits physical activity can bring. This program encourages faculty, staff, and students to collaborate on improving the health and well-being of the campus community in four ways:

  • Making movement a part of daily campus culture
  • Assessing physical activity at every student health visit
  • Providing students necessary tools for strengthening healthy physical activity and developing habits that last a lifetime
  • Connecting University healthcare providers with health fitness specialists to provide a referral system for exercise prescription

Tree Campus USATree Campus USA Designation

The Tree Campus USA program helps colleges and universities across the country to establish and sustain healthy community forests. Jacksonville University recently received this designation by meeting the following five standards:

  • Establishment of a Campus Tree Advisory Committee
  • Creation of a Campus Tree Care Plan
  • Annual expenditures dedicated to campus trees
  • Arbor Day observance
  • Service learning project(s)

Companies With Heart904 Magazine’s Companies with Heart 2016

This award honors those organizations making a tangible impact on northeast Florida through community service. Jacksonville University was selected as an awardee in January 2016.

HandsOn Jacksonville 2016 Tillie K. Fowler Spirit of Service Award

The HandsOn Jacksonville Spirit of Service Award is given to those individuals, groups or organizations that demonstrate enduring and outstanding leadership in volunteerism. Jacksonville University was recognized for contributing more than 30,000 combined community service hours during the 2015/2016 academic year.

Jacksonville Business Journal Partners in Philanthropy Award

The Partners in Philanthropy Award is given to local businesses and organizations with outstanding contributions toward philanthropic efforts in the greater jacksonville area. Jacksonville University was recognized as a 2016 recipient in the “Large Company” category.

First Coast Worksite Wellness Council, Silver award for Healthiest CompaniesFirst Coast Worksite Wellness Council 2016 Healthiest Companies Silver Award

The First Coast Worksite Wellness Council (FCWWC), Inc. is an initiative of Healthy Jacksonville 2020. The mission of FCWWC is to improve the health of our First Coast community by sharing resources and guidance through member businesses. Jacksonville University was recognized among “Healthiest Companies” not only by FCWWC, but also in conjunction with the Mayor’s Council on Fitness & Well-Being.