UC Berkeley is part of the first group of U.S. universities to adopt the Okanagan Charter
UC Berkeley is one of eight U.S. universities to have formally adopted the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, which focuses on embedding health and well-being into all aspects of the campus community. Health Promoting Universities are an international community that aspires to transform the health and sustainability of current and future societies, strengthen communities, and contribute to the well-being of people, places and the planet. Evidence shows that people who are well are more productive, are better able to engage in deeper learning, have a greater sense of belonging, and have a stronger sense of community.
About the Okanagan Charter: The Okanagan Charter is a guiding and aspirational document that was developed as an outcome of the 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities & Colleges. Its purpose is to guide colleges and universities – using their unique positions and roles in research, teaching and service to their communities – in becoming leaders for the world in developing and modeling health-promoting strategies in their campus settings. Local communities could then learn from their examples and modeling, thus influencing global health and well-being strategies.