Greatist asked readers to submit nominations via social media. The nomination criteria included: special dietary options on dining hall menus, number of fitness classes offered, and available mental health resources.
Special consideration was given to schools in the top 20 of Trojan’s Sexual Health Report Card; those included in the Princeton Review’s lists for best campus food, best health services, best athletic facilities, best quality of life, and happiest students; and the American College of Health Association’s Healthy Campus Partners.
Nominated schools were sent a questionnaire asking about their dining services, fitness facilities, student mental and sexual health care, and alcohol education and policies.
“At the University of Louisville, we recognize the importance of providing holistic wellness opportunities for our students in support of their overall wellbeing,” said Michael Mardis, dean of students. “Therefore, we are thrilled to be recognized, for the second year in a row, as one of the healthiest colleges across the country. This recognition is the culmination of the partnership between several different departments across campus, including the Counseling Center, Intramural Sports, Campus Health and others.”
Greatist.com specifically praised UofL for the wide variety of fitness classes offered at the new Student Recreation Center (SRC) on Belknap Campus. The SRC offers four to five classes per day including belly dancing and other fitness options like barre, cycling, power yoga, and HIIT. Greatist also mentioned U-FIT, a $20 program for UofL students that offers services such as: FitTest & Coaching, Fitness Consultations, FitSocials, etc. U-Fit is offered by the Health Promotion Office in the SRC.
Source: UofL named one of the healthiest colleges of 2016 (UofL News, Sept. 28, 2016)