By Amanda MacFarlane, Marketing Intern
As the 2018 IT’S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge comes to an end, we celebrate all the great strides we’ve seen across the Lone Star State for better health.
During most of the competition, it was neck and neck between communities like Lancaster and Prosper. Both were competing for the number one spot in the small community category. Final scores for the two communities were less than 25,000 points apart!
With such stiff competition, it seemed only one could come out on top. In a thrilling push to the finish, both communities gave their all and tied for first place as the small community champion!
The winners in each category with the highest number of points receive prizes including a trophy, governor’s certificate, registration to the 2018 Healthier Texas Summit, and a $1,800 grant to put towards future health-related efforts. These prizes are awarded at local, community-wide celebrations. Plaques and other special recognition also go out to the runners-up in each category.
Across the state, we saw more than 21,000 people in 210 communities step up to the Challenge to get their health back on track. The participating cities and towns hosted a variety of health-inspired events including soccer tournaments, building playgrounds, fun runs, community health fairs, and free fitness classes. We even saw a new sports complex open in a competing community!
From all of us at IT’S TIME TEXAS, we are so excited and humbled to have been part of each community’s journey towards better health. We hope that you all take great pride in the steps you took towards better health during this time and that you continue to take steps forward in the future for a healthier community and a healthier you!
We’ll see you all next year for our 2019 IT’S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge. We can’t wait to see what you will do next, Texas!