The University of North Dakota has been named the third healthiest college in the United States by Greatist.com, a health and fitness website promoting wellness by providing factual information that leads to healthier lifestyle choices.
Citing UND's Wellness Center and reasonably priced healthy dining options, Greatist.com said, "Our favorite thing about UND, though, is its 7 Dimensions approach to wellness, which includes often-overlooked factors like emotional, environmental and spiritual health."
Kelly Fitzpatrick, staff writer at Greatist.com, said the college ratings were partly based on reviews and student ratings at CollegeProwler.com.
"We also looked at Princeton Review rankings, and then scoured each college's website to check out specific programming, dining options, fitness facilities, student-run organizations, and a whole lot more," she added.
The Greatist.com article noted that UND's recreation facilities are highly rated by CollegeProwler.com, "as well they should be. The $20 million gym, opened in 2006, was a gift from the students, who voted to add a wellness student fee."
Mentioning UND's quality of nutrition, the website said, "Students aiming to eat healthy will love UND's ‘guiding stars' rating system, which serves as the yellow brick road to healthy dining options." Also highlighted were the University's recreation facilities, as well as the "huge array of free health and fitness assessments."
The two universities ranked above UND are the University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) at No. 1 and Stanford University in California at No. 2. Rated fourth through tenth respectively are: Colby College, Waterville, Maine; the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.; Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine; University of Texas at Austin; St. Olaf College in Minnesota; U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.; and James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
According to Greatist.com, a "greatist" is described as "someone who chooses better to improve their fitness, health and happiness." The website refers to itself as "the trusted health and fitness source for the young, savvy and social."