Colby, Bowdoin among nation’s healthiest schools, website says

Posted April 12, 2012, at 4:12 p.m.

Colby College in Waterville and Bowdoin College in Brunswick have received high ranks for its healthy offerings from a health and fitness website.

Colby was No. 4 and Bowdoin was No. 6 on a list of the nation’s healthiest campuses, according to Greatist.com, a health and fitness website.

Both schools were featured, in part, for the sustainable harvesting practices of the dining halls. Bowdoin and Colby cafeterias serve vegetables from on-campus gardens, and Bowdoin’s garden is organic.

Greatist.com says the list of top 25 campuses is based on food, fitness and health services on the campuses.

The list is based on student surveys conducted by The Princeton Review and College Prowler.

Leading the list at No. 1 was University of California at Los Angeles followed by Stanford University in California, University of North Dakota, Colby and the University of Georgia.

“Tabata training and CrossFit classes at the fitness center are perfect for students who want to work out outside the box [pun intended], and the fitness complex also boasts a pool, indoor track, and ice rink,” the website said of Colby. “The health center has convenient hours, including weekends, and an emergency response team of volunteer EMTs that serve the campus community.”

Of Bowdoin, the site stated: “The school also boasts a 3-year-old fitness center with a selection of free classes comparable to the selection at a much larger university. The health center offers wellness classes, too, but the stellar programming doesn’t end there. There’s an outing club that goes on more than 100 active outings per year and a women’s center with groups for students dealing with poor body image, eating disorders and discrimination. Bowdoin even has — get this — a craft center.”

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