A health hut is a weekly peer led health education outreach program that provides students with a variety of resources and activities on important health topics such as stress, body image, and nutrition. UTSA student health services has adopted the idea of a health hut and created the “Health Nest” in the fall of 2013. Alongside major campuses such as the University of Texas and the University of Alabama, UTSA’s Health Nest will also be part of a nationwide collaborative effort to promote healthy living among college students. The goal of Health Nest is to promote healthy behaviors among UTSA students and increase awareness services available to students on campus.
Each week the Health Nest is staffed with peer educators, health education interns and service learning volunteers engaging the student body with important health topics and interactive activities. During the first semester of the launch, the health nest had over 510 visits and is now taking extra steps to have an identity on campus.