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Healthy Student Organization Program

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The Healthy Student Organization Program highlights registered and/or sponsored organizations doing great work promoting physical activity, healthy nutrition, and general wellness for their members. The free program connects student organizations to health and wellness resources while providing recognition and rewards to organizations positively impacting UT Austin students.

What does the program include?

  • Roadmap: Student-oriented fitness and health guide containing examples of different actions organizations and members can take to be a Healthy Student Organization and tools organizations.
  • Recognition: Awards and public recognition for the organization's achievements
  • Resources: Connection to information and resources to make it easier to access physical activity, nutrition, and other health programming on or near campus. This includes discounts to local restaurants and physical activity businesses (ex. Stand Up Paddle boarding). Consultations with University Health Services for events or programming ideas are also available.

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What will my organization receive?

  • Public recognition from both UT Austin and the City of Austin
    • Certificates from both University Health Services and the Austin City Council
    • Custom branding symbol for your organization's materials
    • Invitation to awards ceremonies held in the spring of each year
  • Gift cards or prize packs from local businesses varying by level of points
  • Assistance in becoming more involved in or creating health and fitness activities
  • Opportunities to work with other student organizations
  • Information about physical activity and nutrition resources and discounts for students and student organizations

How is this program valuable for me and my organization?

  • Positive publicity to increase recruitment and organization's profile
  • Enjoyable activities to keep members engaged and feel more connected
  • Assist with member retention
  • Ease officer transitions by documenting activities and achievements
  • Leadership opportunity to showcase organization and members' accomplishments

    Photos from the first recognition ceremony can be found here along with stories in the Daily Texan, Burnt X, and Student Affairs Newsletter.

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How do we earn points towards recognition?

Participating organizations receive a link to an online activity tracker that includes questions about different actions student organizations can take related to health and fitness. For each question you answer or activity completed, you earn points. Answers are saved automatically and you can log actions throughout the academic year. The deadline for to finalize all answers and submit the tracker for the current academic year is April 11, 2016.

Organizations meeting any award tier will receive recognition and awards. bronze 10-19 points, silver 20-29 points, gold 30+ points

How do I get started?

  1. Send an email or call the phone number of the Health Promotion Office in the “Get Involved” section
  2. You'll receive a confirmation email, program overview, and a custom link you can use to record your activities throughout the year
  3. You'll receive a brief monthly email about any program updates, such as new discounts, award ceremonies, or upcoming events and tips on earning more points
  4. Record activities on the log and submit answers by the deadline

Toolkit and Advising

You can download the Healthy Student Organization Program Toolkit with tips, resources, and program details. Also, you can schedule an advising meeting with University Health Services at any time either to discuss how the Health Promotion team can best be a resource to your organization for advice, information, and/or support or to learn more about the program.

Get Involved

Interested in getting involved or have any questions about the program? Please contact w.mupo@uhs.utexas.edu at the University Health Services Health Promotion Office or call (512) 475-8252. healthy student orgs

Inaugural 2016-2017 Winners

Congratulations to all the inaugural 2016-2017 Healthy Student Organization winners and thank you for your outstanding health and wellness accomplishments.


Gold

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta
  • Black Health Professions Organization
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World
  • Health Occupations Students of America
  • Natural Sciences Council
  • Longhorn Hindu Student Association
  • Stream Team
  • Student Health Advisory Committee
  • Texas Diabetes
  • Texas Infinites
  • Texas Nutrition
  • Texas Orange Jackets
  • Texas Quidditch
  • Texas SALUD
  • Texas Tribe
  • Texas Wranglers
  • Undergraduate Business Council

Silver

  • Chi Kappa Phi
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Texas 4000
  • Texas Cowgirls
  • Texas Public Health

Bronze

  • Liberal Arts Pre Medical Society
  • Texas Nursing Student Association