National Wellness Challenge: Building a Healthy Campus

Interested in participating in the National Wellness Challenge this coming year? The Challenge is an annual, innovative wellness program/activity that promotes one or more of the following wellness areas using innovative strategies, involving faculty, staff and students in all universities and colleges across the United States:

  • >  Physical wellness (for example, consumption of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, accumulating 150 minutes of physical activity per week or 8 hours of sleep of night)
  • >  Mental Health (for example, happiness or reducing stress through deep breathing/mindfulness/resiliency)
  • >  Financial wellness (for example, budgeting)
  • >  Environmental wellness (for example, recycling drive, tree planting/garden)
  • >  Social wellness (for example, can or shoe drive, volunteering in community)

Check out our 2019 winners and other past submissions. Then, save the date to participate in 2020. The challenge will run January 6, 2020 through February 29, 2020. Deadline for submissions will be April 3, 2020.

Other examples of past submissions:

UCI Recreation

College of New Jersey

The Knowledge Bank

The fourth Building Healthy Academic Communities National Summit took place at The Ohio State University on April 30 and May 1, 2019. This conference archive contains plenary speaker and presenter slides as well as posters. Our newest BHAC Knowledge Bank offers presentations and submissions from this highly successful event. Read it here.



Access workplace toolkits below:

Special Report: The United States of Stress

Center for Disease Control's Worksite Health Scorecard

STOP Obesity Alliance

Obesity in the U.S., Fighting the Epidemic Resource Guide

Introduction to Medicare & Medicaid video 

County Health Rankings

Tobacco Cessation from the CDC

AACN Tobacco free toolkit 

Tobacco free workplace toolkit from the American Cancer Society

Tobacco Free Campus Toolkit

Stress at the Workplace from NIOSH

Nutrition at the Workplace

Physical Activity at the Workplace

Fit Friendly Worksite from AHA

Diabetes at Work from National Diabetes Education Program

Stop Diabetes at Work from ADA

Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke Toolkit from CDC

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Occupational Safety and Health Administration