FISU’s Healthy Campus project officially open
The highly-anticipated FISU Healthy Campus project, which aims to positively impact the lifestyles and wellbeing of millions of university students around the world by encouraging physical activity and healthy choices on campuses, was officially opened on May 12.
Open to all universities in the world through this week’s launch via the official www.fisuhealthycampus.sport platform, universities are now able to register on this platform and get access to a global network of best practices, successful projects and knowledge. The platform also gives users access to the 'Standard Document' with detailed information and scientific criteria to earn a ‘Healthy Campus Label’.
Seven universities from across the globe, namely University of Western Australia, Universidad Nacional de La Matanza in Argentina, University of Turin in Italy, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN), Peking University in China, University of Lausanne (UNIL) in Switzerland and University of Johannesburg in South Africa, have been part of the development process, acting as pilot universities for the project.
“Through this project, FISU will provide a unique and very important tool to universities around the world to promote the values of physical activity, health and nutrition among their student community,” said FISU President Mr Oleg Matytsin.
“This project is really like a bridge between elite sport and the larger student community. Every year, there may be 10,000 or 20,000 athletes who participate in our events but there are more than 150 million university students across the globe.”
“With the technical and scientific support from more than 30 recognised international experts in the field of health, we have developed a reference and standards document that will enable universities to be certified,” says Mr Fernando Parente, Director of the FISU Healthy Campus programme. “This document contains 100 criteria to develop programmes aimed at obtaining the FISU Healthy Campus Label.”
The objective of registration in the first year will be to earn the certification through implementation of health and fitness programmes, yet from the second year onwards, a ranking system can be achieved by all participating universities, where the FISU Healthy Campus Label will be awarded at five levels: Certified, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
The Healthy Campus programme operates across six domains, allowing inclusivity for a wide range of universities and campuses across the world. They are: Sport and Physical Activity, Mental and Social Health, Nutrition, Disease Prevention, Risk Behaviour, and Environment, Sustainability and Social Responsibility. The universities will be evaluated on an additional seventh criteria: their management of the Healthy Campus project.
“With this Healthy Campus project FISU is going several steps ahead from being an organiser of sports and education events to actually taking social responsibility for universities and students,” Mr Matytsin concluded.
For more information on the FISU Healthy Campus project, please write to email@example.com.