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Building healthy schools from top to bottom: Spotlight on Pharr San Juan Alamo Independent School District

Pharr San Juan Alamo Independent School District (PSJA ISD) is a district with a strong focus on creating healthy schools for their students and staff. In fact, they were one of only five school district winners in the 2019 It’s Time Texas Community Challenge. We caught up with Jo Ann…
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October 12, 2019

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These Podcasts Were Made for Walking

Let’s face it. We can’t all be gym goers. Memberships are expensive, for one thing. And going on a consistent basis can be difficult, especially for busy parents who don’t have the luxury of taking time away from their family to get a workout in. When getting to the gym…
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October 3, 2019

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At 64, Lee Is Reinventing His Approach To Health

When you ask Lee what he’s into, you’ll soon find out it’s a lot. Born and raised in McAllen, Texas, Lee grew up fishing and water skiing along the Gulf Coast. As a teenager, he worked as a lifeguard, swimming extra miles just for fun. A science teacher, scuba diver,…
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September 17, 2019

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Meet Our 2019 SHAC Award Winners

School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) strengthen the connection between health and learning. It’s Time Texas SHAC Award winners demonstrate commitment and success in fostering both the health knowledge and skills kids need to be healthy for a lifetime.  It is the only award in Texas focused on SHACs and their…
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September 16, 2019

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Meet Our Summer Interns (and Apply for Fall)!

From coaching kids’ soccer to analyzing data, It’s Time Texas interns are working in some pretty interesting ways to transform health this summer. We’re excited for you to meet them! Lombardo Cuellar School: Texas State University Major: Health & Fitness Management Internship Position: Stronger Austin/ Stronger Austin Kids Why did…
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July 22, 2019

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What My Life Has Taught Me: A Message from Baker Harrell

On July 1, It’s Time Texas Founder Baker Harrell officially passed the baton and welcomed Amy McGeady, who joined the organization to serve as Chief Strategy Officer in 2016, to her new position as CEO. We’re honored to share his remarkable story – and the journey that brought us to…
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July 18, 2019

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The Journey that Led to Now: A Conversation with Founder Baker Harrell and Incoming CEO Amy McGeady

In July of 2019, It’s Time Texas Founder Baker Harrell welcomed Amy McGeady, who came on board as the organization’s Chief Strategy Officer in 2016, to her new position as CEO. What’s in store for Baker as he transitions from CEO to a new role as Founder? And how is…
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July 5, 2019

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Championing Health in New Braunfels, Texas: An Interview with Micaeli Smith

As the Physical Education, Health & Wellness Coordinator for Comal ISD, Micaeli Smith supports coordinated school health and other wellness initiatives in her city of New Braunfels. A tireless health advocate and user of the Build Healthier suite of tools, she’s leading the charge to start a local Mayor’s Health…
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May 17, 2019

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Be Well Baytown: Putting Knowledge Into Action

Baytown, TX is the first stop in our free Building Healthier Communities workshop series for Texans seeking more effective ways to collaborate for community health. As the inaugural site for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Be Well Communities initiative, it is also home to a comprehensive place-based…
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May 17, 2019

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Partnering with Bose to Fuel Healthy Change

An innovative new product, a cool experience and an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Texans.  This is the opportunity BOSE, a Boston-based corporate leader in audio and innovative technology, provided It’s Time Texas during an SXSW brand activation this past March.  Jumping Jacks for Dollars was…
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May 16, 2019

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Meet Keynote Speaker Dr. Stephen Pont

Stephen J. Pont, MD, MPH, FAAP Texas Department of State Health Services; Medical Director, Office of Science and Population Health Since returning to Texas a decade ago, Dr. Stephen Pont has worked to improve the health of children, families, and communities with a focus on underserved and Spanish speaking populations.…
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May 2, 2019

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One Student’s Mission to Build a Healthier Community

As a high school student and Health Ambassador for a Ready Texas (HART), Amy Escalante is dedicated to helping her school community tap into a healthier lifestyle. So when her principal asked her to spread the word about the It’s Time Texas Community Challenge, she jumped at the opportunity. While…
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April 5, 2019

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Meet Our Spring 2019 Interns!

We’ve got an amazing lineup of interns this spring, and we can’t wait for you to meet them!                 Name: Peyton Bertram It’s time to turn healthy goals into long term habits. Internship Position: Marketing and Social Media Intern School: University of Texas…
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March 7, 2019

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Community Engagement Matters

When it comes to building a stronger Austin, community engagement is key. – By Jose Rodriguez, Stronger Austin Intern, Spring 2019 Stronger Austin’s commitment to community engagement is in the mission statement of the It’s Time Texas program: “Driven by community input, Stronger Austin’s founding partners joined together with Austin…
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February 28, 2019

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Time to Invest in Your Health

Balancing a busy schedule as both a teacher and a mom, Cassandra is no stranger to the challenges of putting aside time to invest in your health.  Now in her second year of participating in the Community Challenge, she shares her motivations for living healthier and the tools that help…
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February 20, 2019