Healthy campus

What is a Healthy and Sustainable Campus?

The Healthy and Sustainable Campus (CSS) is a transversal project of the TecnoCampus, launched in 2016 from the Department of Health TecnoCampus Mataró-Maresme (UPF) that aims to promote the overall health of the university community through the design, development and evaluation of strategies that promote healthy habits within the university community (students and working staff).

The initiatives are based on intersectorality, empowerment and participation, equity, a holistic view of health, as well as the viability and sustainability of the proposed strategies. From 2019 the Sustainable perspective was added to the project A Healthy Campus.

The project is part of the ranks of health-promoting universities (Tsouros, 2001) and subscribes to the Network of Healthy Universities of Catalonia (US.CAT):

  • Boost university as a health-promoting environment of the university community and society as a whole.
  • Foster Research and Teaching in Health Promotion.
  • Favour an exchange of experiences in Health Promotion.
  • Promote and encourage working together among public health agencies, community institutions, and universities.
  • Agree on strategic work guidelines to carry out a health promotion university project.
  • Enable the elaboration and development of common projects in the strategic lines of the Network.
  • Boost international participation.
  • Increase the offer of services and activities aimed at promoting the health of the University Community.

From an organizational perspective, this project is led by a transversal team of PDI and is structured as follows:


Healthy and Sustainable Campus Team

  • Alba Pardo Fernández, PhD

    Healthy and Sustainable Campus Coordinator

    PhD in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (CAFE). Expert in health promotion and healthy lifestyle. Researcher in the evaluation of the lifestyle of the university community. PDI of the College of Health Sciences in the area of ​​health promotion and physical activity.


  • Helena M Hernández-Pizarro, PhD

    Evaluation of the interventions and promotion of the health of the staff

    PhD in Economics, specializing in public economics and health. Expert in evaluating health interventions. Permanent teaching and research staff at the School of Social and Business Sciences in the areas of marketing and research methodology.

    Curriculum vitae Helena M Hernández-Pizarro

  • Anna Castells Molina

    Student health promotion area and committee coordination

    Professor of Sciences of Physical Activity and Sport (CAFE) and the Double degree Physiotherapy-CAFE at the School of Health Sciences, Tecnocampus. Her specialty is the theory and practice of motor play, acrobatics and the educational aspects.

    Curriculum Anna Castells

  • Irati Oliva Martínez

    Social networking area and management support.

    Third-year student with a double degree in Business Administration and Marketing and Digital Communities. She currently works as an intern supporting the coordination and management of A Healthy Campus, as well as the management of communication, marketing and social media.


Since the creation of CSS, 2 strategic plans of 3 years each have been contemplated. CSS is currently working on the development of a strategic plan aligned with the new strategic plan of TecnoCampus 2027. This is why the proposed actions for the 2022-2023 academic year have been marked considering 3 axes, 6 strategic lines and 40 actions which were included in the 2017-2022 strategic plan and have been linked in accordance with 5 Sustainable Development Goals (ODS).

This new plan is framed and based on the following health criteria and objectives dictated by the following national and global health organizations:

  • The Department of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Health and Healthy Business (ASPCAT).
  • The Healthy Universities Network of Catalonia.
  • The Spanish Network of Healthy Universities (Reus).
  • The International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE).
  • The Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality: Strategy for Health Promotion and Prevention in the National Health System (MSCBS).
  • The World Health Organization (WHO).
  • The United Nations: Sustainable Development Goals (ODS), Agenda 2030.

The main novelty in respect to the previous plan (2015-2018) is the integration of sustainability criteria and the perspective of equality into all actions of A Healthy and Sustainable Campus.  


The main axes and strategic guidelines of action of A Healthy and Sustainable Campus are:

  • E1. Promotion, awareness and information of healthy, active and sustainable habits.
  • E2. Facilitate and train the university community in healthy, active and sustainable habits.
  • E3. Create an active, healthy and sustainable university and work environment.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • ODS 3. Ensuring a healthy life and promoting well-being for all people of all ages (linking strategic line 1, 2 and 3)
  • SDG 4. Ensure inclusive, equitable and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all (Strategy Line Link 1)
  • SDG 5. Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls (strategic line link)
  • SDG 11. Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (linkage strategic line 4)
  • SDG 13. Adopt urgent measures to combat climate change and its effects (link strategic line 4)
  • SDG 17. Alliances to achieve the objectives.

Strategic Lines

L1. Physical activity

Encourage an active lifestyle in the classrooms and offices.

L2. Food

Encourage healthy eating.

L3. Health and Emotional Wellness

Encourage general well-being while studying and/or working, as well as risk prevention.

L4. Sustainability

Encourage a culture of responsibility and conscientious consumerism.

L5. Indicators

Evaluate the real impact of A Healthy Campus actions.

L6. Communication

Promote the effective communication of A Healthy Campus actions.

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