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HSOP Healthy Student Orgs Program

Healthy Student Organization Program

Student organizations are critical to the University of Texas at Austin’s ability to embody and promote a culture of health. The Healthy Student Organization Program supports registered and/or sponsored organizations in integrating health and wellbeing into their own group’s practices. . We support organizations in reaching their self-selected goals through consultations, resource-sharing, and community-building. Groups have the opportunity to reach bronze, silver, or gold status based on a point system that incentivizes healthy practices, and participating organizations are recognized and rewarded for positively impacting UT Austin students.

What does the program include?

  • Toolkit: Student group-oriented health and wellness guide containing examples of different actions, activities, and planning methods that organizations and members can use to earn points as Healthy Student Organizations.
  • Recognition: Awards and public recognition for the organization's achievements, including an end-of-the-year ceremony at City Hall and prizes from local businesses.
  • Resources: Connection to information and resources to make it easier to access physical activity, nutrition, and other health programming on or near campus. Consultations with the Longhorn Wellness Center for events or programming ideas are also available.

HSOP Timeline

Recruitment of student organizations
Fall Kick-off
Take action on healthy initiatives, fill out Activity Tracker
Activity Tracker due, Awards Ceremony

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How is this program valuable for me and my organization?

  • Positive publicity from both UT Austin and the City of Austin to increase recruitment and organization's profile
  • Receive certificates and prize packs from local businesses at the City Hall Awards Ceremony
  • Receive assistance and support in goal-setting and implementation of health initiatives
  • Enjoyable activities to keep members engaged and feel more connected, increasing member retention.
  • Connect with other Healthy Student Organizations
  • Resources to make healthy practices the norm for your group
  • Ease officer transitions by documenting activities and achievements
  • Leadership opportunity to showcase organization and members' accomplishments
  • Healthy group practices means happier members!

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 wellbeing. For each question you answer or activity completed, you earn points. Answers are saved automatically and you can log actions throughout the academic year.

Organizations meeting any award tier will receive recognition and awards.

How do I get started?

  1. Send an email or call the phone number of the Longhorn Wellness Center Office in the “Get Involved” section to schedule a brief introduction meeting or phone call.
  2. Officers of participating organizations must join the “Healthy Student Organization Program 2019-2020” Facebook group.
  3. You'll receive the HSOP Toolkit full of resources and a custom link to an Activity Tracker you can use to record your activities throughout the year
  4. Record activities in your Activity Tracker and submit answers by the deadline to be eligible to attend the annual Awards Ceremony at City Hall.

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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 Longhorn Wellness Center 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 longhornwellnesscenter@austin.utexas.edu or call (512) 475-8252.

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2018-2019 Healthy Student Organizations Awardees
Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Healthy Student Organization Program Awardees and thank you for your outstanding health and wellness accomplishments.


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