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NEW: Brown Named Top 10 Healthiest College in US

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Brown University was named the #6 healthiest college in the U.S. according to Greatist.com, a health and fitness media startup that promotes a healthier, happier, and better lifestyle for its readers. The website compiled a list of The 25 Healthiest Colleges in the United States and ranked the top 25 colleges based on its commitment to provide the best environment for leading a fit, healthy, and happier life.

Although Brown is most well known for having America’s Happiest College Students in the 2010 Princeton Review rankings, this university on top of College Hill landed on the #6 rank for its health services and resources and dining services. According to Greatist, Brown has “impressive health services and resources” for its students. In Trojan’s 2012 sexual health report card, Brown was named the number two college for its “accessible sexual health resources,” which included positive reviews of health center by students, condom availability, and STI testing on campus. The site also mentioned the variety of Brown’s dining service, which offers a “roots and shoots” line full of vegetarian, vegan, and locally grown food.

Greatist ranked each school on a rigorous scoring process in the categories of dining services and awards, fitness facilities, health services, happiness, rankings and health and fitness initiatives. The site complied its data from a variety of sources beginning with nominations from its readers through social media, reader suggestions from last year’s list, and to student surveys from College Prowler, The Princeton Review, and each school’s website. Any mentions of schools with exceptional food, fitness facilities, health services, great health and fitness initiatives, and happy students were scoured as well. After looking at everything from dining hall menus and sustainability of ingredients, to the number of club and intramural sports, fitness class offerings and accessibility, campus acreage, and dorm satisfaction, Greatist narrowed the list down to the top 25.

Brown was the only college in Rhode Island to make the cut but other familiar universities in its neighboring New England states appeared on the list as well. University of Massachusetts, Amherst took the #9 spot for its great fitness facilities and “fancy-schmancy” dining hall menus. The next ranked New England college was Boston University at #19 followed by Maine’s Colby college at #21. Tufts was the last college to make it on to the list at #25 for its dining halls that offer organic products and healthy beans, greens, and grains station.

For a complete list of rankings, click here.     


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