Research Impact: The transition from school to higher education is an important stage where lifelong health related habits are developed and anchored. Students’ living and working conditions have been shown to positively influence the development of healthy habits. Therefore, it is vital that higher education institutions (HEIs) support students by creating a healthy campus environment. Our aim was to evaluate wellness policies or initiatives, and perceptions of same, in an Irish HEI using validated Healthy Campus Environment Audit (HCEA) tools. This investigation highlights the great efforts made by the HEI to promote healthy behaviour using initiatives, but it also identifies the lack of policies in place. The vital role policies and initiatives have in achieving health for all in a university setting is long established in the international Health Promoting Universities Framework . These findings should provide a framework to take effective action by developing policies and initiatives.
Murphy, C., Martinez Yanes, I., & Norton, C. (2021). Determining the healthfulness of an Irish Higher Education Institute (HEI) using the Healthy Campus Environment Audit (HCEA) tools. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 80(OCE3), E113. doi:10.1017/S0029665121002366