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California State University, Long Beach, was announced as the winner of the 2016 Active Minds Healthy Campus Award on Tuesday putting it among the healthiest college campuses in the U.S.

The award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities demonstrating and promoting the health and well-being of their students.

“The health and wellness of our entire campus community is a priority of mine,” CSULB president Jane Close Conoley said in a release. “Good physical and mental health is essential to student success, which is why we support a variety of programs that directly affect health and wellness. Winning the Active Minds Healthy Campus Award validates our commitment to this important mission.”

The award is in its second year and involves an extensive application process, multiple endorsements and interview. Each applicant is assessed on eight criteria, with winners chosen by a panel of researchers, health and higher education experts.

CSULB is one of six colleges and universities receiving the award. Others include Jefferson College, Lawrence University, Sacramento State University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The recipients include small liberal arts colleges to major research universities.

The award panel cited the following CSULB practices: campus-wide commitment to at-risk students; outreach to special populations; student addiction recovery program; and exercise as medicine.

For more information, visit activeminds.org/our-programming/healthy-campus-award or www.csulb.edu.

—Emily Thornton

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Emily is a staff writer covering higher education and other various topics for Gazette Newspapers. She has a background in weekly and daily newspapers and a bachelor’s in communication from La Sierra University.

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