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Meet the University of Texas at Austin, a 2015 Healthy Campus Award Winner

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Active Minds is proud to announce that the University of Texas at Austin a winner of the 2015 Active Minds Healthy Campus Award, which recognizes the University as one of the healthiest campuses in the nation.

The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) was recognized for its cohesive, innovative public health approach to student health and wellness. Active Minds and a national panel of expert reviewers conducted a comprehensive, multi-stage application process for evaluation.

“UT Austin embodies the essence of the award; leadership, innovation, collaboration and excellence in healthcare,” said immediate past president of the UT Austin’s Student Health Advisory Committee, Maria Alvarenga.

Active Minds will be sharing best practices from UT Austin with higher education institutions nationwide to inspire locally-driven change across the country. Some of UT Austin’s innovative efforts include:

  • The university-wide “BeVocal” initiative, through which students are trained to recognize any and all types of potentially harmful situations, whether that’s high-risk drinking, interpersonal violence, bias incidents, or mental health concerns, and to intervene to positively influence the outcome.
  • Working to make healthy food options easy and affordable for students through vending machine policies and partnership with local restaurants to lower cost barriers to healthy foods.
  • Serving as a statewide leader by working with the legislature on Senate Bill 1624, which requires Texas public universities to give information on mental health and suicide prevention during orientation.
  • Working with the University of Texas System Regents to allocate more than $2.5 million to fund an after-hours, system-wide crisis intervention hotline and bystander intervention training for all UT schools.
  • UT Austin is a tobacco free campus and offers programmatic support to reinforce this policy at many levels.

The Active Minds Healthy Campus Award is a new annual recognition, made possible through support from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation.

Learn more about the Healthy Campus Award and the other 2015 winners.