25. Tufts University
At Tufts, students can book five free personal training sessions at the gym, and the dining options are exceptionally healthy.
“Tufts dining halls are chock full of organic stuff — whole-wheat pasta, legumes, whole grains, tofu, granola, and peanut butter — to name a few. And at the beans, greens, and grains station, students can fill up on healthy fare,” Greatist says.
24. Scripps College
Scripps offers a number of classes geared towards women’s health issues including weight management, nutrition, and binge drinking.
“Scripps dining services challenges students’ taste buds with dishes like tuna and salmon marinated in sake, sweet potato-pumpkin tart, and persimmon dressing. Scripps’ drop-in group fitness classes are open and free to students (unlike many other schools),” the website says.
23. St. Olaf College
At St. Olaf, the dining hall serves a variety of dishes like Mexican, Indian, and Thai, Greatist says.
“St. Olaf’s food service program specializes in fresh, local food prepared from scratch. While many U.S. college dining halls feature old standbys such as grilled cheese, burgers, and pizza, St. Olaf takes the time to explore different cuisines,” the website says.
22. Georgetown University
Georgetown uses the “CampusDish app,” which gives students “up-to-date nutritional and ingredient info for each day’s menu items, the website says.
“And sports aren’t only for the traditionally athletic around here, either — they offer classes like swimming or tennis for beginners, or a complete introduction to racquetball or ballroom dance,” according to Greatist. “At the Yates Field House, Georgetown students can hit up the standards — pool, courts, track, and a cardio and weights space — as well as the lesser common indoor golf practice facility and racquetball courts.”
21. Colby College
Colby hosts a program called iPlay, which “encourages teamwork between friends and healthy competition between residence halls without the commitment of joining a sports’ team — no practices, and games generally held only once a week,” Greatist writes.
The school’s dining hall has been recognized by the National Restaurant Association for buying local meats, produce, and seafood, the website says. A student group runs an organic garden, and a local farmer uses the school’s recycled fryer oil as fuel. Next
20. Columbia University
More than half of Columbia’s dining budget is for organic/local food, and 50 percent of meals are vegetarian, Greatist says.
“As far as fitness goes, Columbia provides resources and tools to set goals and monitor progress with CU Move. The free initiative promotes healthful living with motivational email updates, incentives (including fitness gear), and free or low-cost events — walks, run, ice skating, kayaking — in the Big Apple,” according to Greatist.
19. Boston University
At BU, students are treated to dishes like pear carpaccio, yellow gazpacho soup with spicy shrimp, summer vegetables, and heart-healthy oatmeal raisin cookies.
“The school also hosts special themed meals, like lobster night, as well as a visiting chef series. Vegetarian-friendly meals make up 80 percent of the dining hall menus, and vegans aren’t left without a good meal, either,” the website writes. “And with more than 100 phys ed classes offered per semester and more than 7,000 students participating in intramurals, BU kids find time to get fit with peers.”
18. University of Georgia
At the University of Georgia, students have ample outdoor programs to choose from, including kayaking, climbing, rafting, and hang gliding.”
As for the dining options, “for healthy grub between classes, students can head to the Eating Smart Line at Bolton Dining Commons where each entrée and side contains fewer than 30 percent of its calories from fat,” Greatist says. “The Build Your Plate function on the University of Georgia’s dining services site makes it easy to calculate nutritional info for each item found in the dining hall.”
17. Oberlin College
Oberlin serves up low carbon and certified organic meals, Greatist says. The school also has a station that offers foods that total fewer than 600 calories, “with balanced portions of whole grains, fresh vegetables, and lean protein.” Meals include vegan black bean burgers and portabella and white bean cassoulet. Next
16. Vanderbilt University
At Vanderbilt, students have access to group fitness classes such as “kettlebell chaos,” and “BOSU 2 Express.”
The school recently revamped its dining options, and the vending machines now have fewer sugary drinks and snacks like apple slices and celery sticks. Next
15. Yale University
Yale has more than 40 club sports and 30 intramurals, and the fitness classes range from West African dance to sailing. Yale’s healthcare plan also covers nutrition counseling, mental health care, and physical exams. Next
UCLA offers high-quality healthcare: services include specialty clinics, online appointment booking, acupuncture, and chair massage.
“UCLA stays on top of sustainability with beef-less Thursdays, tray-free dining, and a composting program. With 48 club sports, including quidditch, power-lifting, surfing, and triathlon, plus 30 intramural sport leagues, this school’s got plenty of options to help students get out of the dorm and into the killer LA weather,” the website says.
13. Claremont McKenna College
Claremont McKenna dishes up gourmet items like shrimp paella as well as lentil and apricot soup, according to Greatist.
“All the school’s salsas, pizza sauce, stocks, and dressings are made from scratch on campus,” Greatist writes. “Extra health points: The dining halls skip out on foods that contain MSG or trans fats, and all meats are antibiotic and growth hormone-free.”
12. James Madison University
JMU has an elaborate composting program; students dispose of their food in biodegradable bags, which is then used as fertilizer, according to Greatist. For several years, the university has been named to the Princeton Review’s top five list for schools with the best food.
“JMU dining services provides tons of options — vegan, locally grown, steamed, baked not fried, sodium conscious, naturally sweet, gluten-free,” the website writes. “Beyond the basics (soccer, basketball), the school also offers Battleship as an intramural sport, where students attempt to sink each other’s canoes in the super intense team competition.”
11. University of Chicago
The University has nearly 40 club sports, such as tang soo do, genkikai ki-aikido, and kendo, according to Greatist. The 150,000 square foot Gerald Ratner Athletics Center offers cardio equipment, free weights, and weight machines. Next
10. Bryn Mawr College
“This itty-bitty school isn’t lacking in the dining department — pesto pea salad with pine nuts, Caribbean bean salad, and chili Brazilian carrots. Bryn Mawr even holds sustainability dinners with options such as cream of wild mushroom soup, roasted root veggies, and sweet and crunchy quinoa salad,” the website says.
The school also provides free drop-in group exercise classes and events like a Cycle-a-thon benefit, according to Greatist.
9. UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst is “at the forefront of fitness trends,” according to Greatist. The school has classes in P90X, Tabata training, and reggae-tone.
As for the food, “UMass Amherst dining hall menus look more like fancy-schmancy restaurants than less-than-desirable cafeteria grub,” the website says. “(We’re talking crabmeat quiche, curried chickpeas and quinoa, barley roasted tomato risotto, a sushi bar, and a standalone vegetarian station.)”
8. Cornell University
Cornell has more than 30 places to buy food on campus, including a wide range of super healthy
“ Students can look out for the “eating well” apple icon on menus to easily spot whole-grain, trans fat-free, low-fat, low-sugar, and reduced-sodium options,” Greatist writes.
7. Wheaton College
According to Greatist, Wheaton provides exceptional student health care, including a free shuttle service to and from off-campus medical appointments. The school serves healthy food, and uses leftover coffee grounds and eggshells for a greenhouse. Food scraps are sent to a local pig farm, the website says. Next
6. Brown University
Brown University earned the no. 2 spot on Trojan’s 2012 “sexual health report card,” for offering accessible health resources such as STI testing, health awareness programs, and condom availability.
“Beyond excellent health services, Brown’s dining services contain everything from a crepe bar (don’t worry, the fruit makes it a healthier option) to a “roots and shoots” line full of vegetarian, vegan, and locally grown food,” Greatist writes. “The school was even awarded a “real food pioneers” award by the 2011 Real Food Awards.”
5. Washington University in St. Louis
Washington University has a “hands-on program” called the Studio40 kitchen, which provides chef demonstrations and cooking classes that center on tasty, healthy meals.
The school’s fitness center is open to its students for more than 100 hours a week, Greatist says.
4. Rice University
Greatist says that Rice dining halls are chock full of veggies, as well as items like marinated tofu with jicama, chicken masala, and turmeric potatoes.
The school is also featured on College Prowler’s top ten list for schools with the best intramural sports.
3. Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech serves meals such as char-grilled tuna Nicoise, grilled salmon, and tomato and fig with balsamic pizza.
The school also offers its students personalized workout routines, created by personal trainers at the rec center. “Students keep track of workouts, then the people who log the most workouts win fun prizes including a free personal training package, a group exercise pass, or a free fitness assessment,” the website says.
2. Stanford University
According to Greatist, Stanford has more than 8,000 acres of campus, and its dining halls offer “seasonal foods free of artificial preservatives colors, flavors, sweetners, and trans fats.”
“With the school’s new 10-Weeks to a Fitter You program, students can access fitness coaches to get personalized assistance with getting more fit in a fairly short amount of time, the website says. “And we can’t fail to mention Stanford’s coolest club sports team — dragonboat — the water sport consisting of 20 paddlers, one drummer, one steersperson, and some major camaraderie.”
1. Bowdoin College
According to Greatist, Bowdoin serves up “healthy, delicious, wholesome meals,” including polenta cakes, spicy lentil tacos, as well as pear and parsnip soup.
“Though it’s relatively small compared to other schools on this list, Bowdoin offers a wide array of fitness classes each week including yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, and meditation at The Wellness Center,” the website says.
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