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Guess which Texas colleges are among the 25 healthiest in America

Guess which Texas colleges are among the 25 healthiest in America

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Greatist says that the University of Texas at Austin campus is one of the healthiest in the nation. BirthRightEarth.org

The health-focused website Greatist has released its picks for the 25 healthiest colleges, and there's nary a North Texas school on the list. Overall the state makes an impressive showing, however, with the University of Texas at Austin and Houston's Rice University among the fit few.

Greatist rated each nominated school based on a student survey, which included campus dining options, fitness programs, and health services. It then whittled down the nominees to the highest achievers. 

UT Austin earns points for its wide offering of recreational activities and fitness amenities. The campus includes more than 500,000 square feet of indoor recreational space in addition to several outdoor fields, which 91 percent of students utilize. But nurturing an active lifestyle isn't the university's only strength. 

"Where UT Austin really stands out is in its understanding of the modern college student: The school recently launched Healthyhorns Text Tips, a service that texts quick reminders of ways to stay healthy. Plus students can also check out the Healthyhorns Nap Map, an interactive tool to find the best places to get some quick shut-eye," Greatist says.

Houston's Rice University also earns a spot on the list. Its top accolades: excellent sexual health resources, including the ProjectSAFE program, and the plate method in dining halls, which allows students to visualize a healthy meal without counting calories.