Why It’s Time
Unhealthy has become our new normal.
More than two-thirds of Texas adults and one-third of Texas children are overweight or obese. The situation has led to epidemics of preventable chronic diseases that erode our quality of life while piling on billions in associated healthcare costs. The worsening health crisis is one that we cannot afford and have limited time to fix. Yet, the causes are so complex and widespread that no single intervention will reverse it.
At It’s Time Texas, we recognize that solving the health crisis requires a collaborative, multilayered approach that addresses the individual, cultural, organizational, community and policy factors that influence the extent to which people have access and opportunities to lead healthier lives.
The good news is that there is a growing movement of people, organizations, and institutions committed to creating a culture of health in the Lone Star State. We exist to champion that movement. By uniting and mobilizing our collective efforts, we can create a thriving future for our families, our communities, and our state.
We believe that Texas is best when Texans are healthy. That’s why we’re championing the movement to create a culture of health in the Lone Star State. Our programs, events, and partnerships empower all Texans to lead healthier lives, build healthier communities, and contribute to a healthier state.
Amy McGeady, PhD, Chief Executive OfficerAmy is a strategic thinker who loves helping great organizations grow to their full potential. Amy joined It’s Time Texas as Chief Strategy Officer in 2016. Under her leadership, the organization has expanded its presence and impact across the state while increasing sustainable funding to deliver on its mission of creating a culture of health.
In her first two years as CSO, Amy played an integral role in shepherding a public-private partnership with the UT System to develop the Healthier Texas Summit, a two-day event drawing more than 1,000 thought leaders and health champions from across the state. With a keen eye for improving processes, communication, and culture, Amy has guided key programs through business planning, relationship-building, and statewide launches while helping teams meet and exceed grant deliverables year after year.
Promoted to the role of CEO in 2019, Amy continues to lead It’s Time Texas in the advancement of its mission with a focus on empowering stakeholders, strengthening strategic partnerships, and creating meaningful, measurable impact. She is honored to work with so many dedicated staff, partners, and community members working to build a Texas where everyone has the opportunity to prioritize health and lead their best life.
Prior to joining It’s Time Texas, Amy led a successful career in business development, earning recognition as one of Austin’s fastest growing startups. Over 15 years, she secured dozens of multi-million dollar contracts and helped companies across diverse industries win billions of dollars in business. Amy has facilitated strategy sessions across the US and UAE, and delivered presentations and trainings to proposal professionals worldwide.
Amy holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD from Purdue University, where she was a recipient of the EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowship. She has served on several nonprofit boards of directors and currently serves on the board of Wonders & Worries. Amy and her family love to travel and experience different food, cultures and ways of life.