Sustainability isn’t just about the health and well-being of the planet; it’s about the health and well-being of people.
From the air we breathe to the food and water we consume, the environment impacts human health. In addition to cutting-edge research that is helping improve human well-being and quality of life, NC State has programs and initiatives designed to promote wellness on campus.
What We’re Doing
University Recreation provides quality, innovative and inclusive collegiate recreation programs, services and facilities that inspire healthy, active lifestyles.
University Dining offers a variety of dietary choices at its campus restaurants. Healthy options are highlighted in each eatery and online, and a staff dietitian is available as a resource for students.
Many of the university’s research projects have impact on human well-being, including the College of Veterinary Medicine’s “One Health” initiative, Plants for Human Health Institute, Food Science, Environmental Toxicology, Biomedical Engineering, Global Environmental Change and Human Well-Being and Center for Human Health and the Environment.
What You Can Do
Exercising at least 30-minutes a day is one of the best things you can do for your body. Hit the gym, the pool or campus greenway trails with your bike or running shoes. Don’t have time to sweat it out? Work in fitness throughout your day. Walking to class and taking the stairs instead of elevator are easy, everyday ways to reduce your carbon pawprint and better your health.
Toss the Toxins
Some personal care or household products can be harmful to your health. Read labels and do the research to find healthier choices. If you live in a residence hall, no need to worry, University Housekeeping cleans your building with Green Seal certified products.
Taste the Difference
You are what you eat and drink, so keep it real. Drink more water and your body – made of 60% water – will soak up H20 benefits such as more energized muscles, healthier kidneys, better skin and easier weight control. But you don’t necessarily have to chug 8 glasses a day. Incorporate more fresh fruits and veggies into your daily meals. These natural sources of water are also healthier than processed foods, packing your body with powerhouse vitamins and minerals that keep your sharp, strong and better able to fight off diseases.
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