Healthy People 2020

Healthy Campus 2020Healthy People is a federal initiative that provides goals and objectives with 10-year targets designed to guide national health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve the health of all people in the United States.

Objectives vary based on establishing social and physical environments that promote good health and quality of life, healthy development, and healthy behaviors across all life stages.

Healthy Campus 2020

Healthy Campus 2020 is the American College Health "sister document" to Healthy People. Its purpose is to:

  • Identify current and ongoing nationwide health improvement priorities in higher education;
  • Increase campus community awareness and understanding of determinants of health, disease, and disability and the opportunities for progress:
  • Provide measurable objectives and goals that can be used at institutions of higher education:
  • Engage multiple stakeholders to take actions that are driven by the best available evidence and knowledge to strengthen policies, improve practices, and empower behavior change.
  • Identify and promote relevant assessment, research, and data collection needs.

Student Health Services Announces 2016-2017 Healthy Campus Objective


Sleep Health

Poor sleep health is a common problem with 25 percent of U.S. adults reporting insufficient sleep or rest at least 15 out of every 30 days. Sleep, like nutrition and physical activity, is a critical determinant of health and well-being. Sleep is a basic requirement for young adult health and development. Sleep loss and untreated sleep disorders influence basic patterns of behavior that negatively affect health and interpersonal relationships. Fatigue and sleepiness can reduce productivity and increase the chance for accidents and low productivity in the classroom.

Adequate sleep (7 to 8 hours/night) is necessary to:

  • Fight off infection
  • Support the metabolism of sugar to prevent diabetes
  • Perform well in school; and
  • Work effectively and safely

For more sleep information, contact Student Health Services at studenthealth@mail.widener.edu or visit one of the websites listed below.

Nutrition

Increase the proportion of students who report eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day.