It’s Time Texas Discusses Health Equity in Six Words

Hi, my name is Joycelyn Jurado and I am the Director of School Programs at It’s Time Texas. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the terms “health equity” and “health inequities” are defined as: Equity is the absence of avoidable or remediable differences among groups of people, whether those groups are defined socially, economically, demographically, or geographically. Health inequities … Read More

The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre RGV: Savory Layered Dip

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The Brownsville Wellness Coalition hosts a program titled “The Happy Kitchen” or “La Cocina Alegre” where community members can learn the importance and benefits of eating healthy foods, with hands-on experience cooking nutritious, low-cost meals with locally sourced ingredients. The interactive, six week series of classes emphasizes the selection and preparation of fresh, seasonal foods that are nutritious, economical, and … Read More

Summer Salsa Snacks You Won’t Regret from Brighter Bites

Summertime is here, and while we’re all out having fun in the sun with family and friends, snack time seems to turn into a routine when school’s out. Before you reach for the bag of Cheetos or grab an ice cream sandwich for your children to snack on during the day, we want to give you plenty of healthy, low-cost … Read More

AlexaHealthy Tacos de Pescado Recipe for Memorial Day Weekend

Hi, my name is Alexandra. I was born and raised in Matamoros Tamaulipas, bordering Brownsville Texas, an area well known for its beautiful beach on the Gulf of Mexico. My parents were always in love with the sea and in their kitchen they transmitted this love for seafood to us, cooking with fresh seafood is completely delicious, its texture and … Read More

Family-friendly Beef Grilling Recipes for Memorial Day

For most Americans, Memorial Day weekend signifies the end of hectic school-year schedules and the start of laid-back summer days spent with family and close friends. A backyard cookout with great food and fun outdoor activities is a popular way to spend the holiday, especially in Texas! Memorial Day also allows loved ones to pay tribute to fallen U.S. military … Read More

SNAP-Ed: Building Healthy Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend

Healthy eating is important at every life stage, and Memorial Day weekend is typically a time when multi-generations of family members come together and enjoy a meal. Memorial Day weekend not only kicks off the end of the school year, but is also a time for us to give appreciation to those who have fallen in the armed forces. The … Read More

What are Social Determinants of Health (SDoH)?

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The phrase “social determinants of health” (SDoH) is often used in the jargon of every day health champions and advocates. But what does it mean to the everyday person? Social determinants of health are the social and economic conditions that influence your health status and your community’s health status. Health starts in homes, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities. Focusing on the … Read More

A New Funding Opportunity: Collaborative Innovations for Community Health

Health disparities are a painful reality across the state and a direct result of unfair policies and structures. It’s well past time for taking direct efforts to rebuild a more equitable world. It’s Time Texas (ITT), in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), presents Collaborative Innovations for Community Health, a community-driven project to improve the health … Read More

5 Tips to Build a Healthier Grocery List

  Spending more time at home has led to eating more meals and more snacks at your own kitchen table. There are days when it doesn’t seem like there’s a healthy food left in the house, or cooking a healthy meal seems like too much of a commitment after a busy day. Not to mention days when it’s easier to … Read More

Registro de actividades saludables

Estamos en la recta final del Community Challenge y siento que no estoy lista para dejar de registrar todas las actividades saludables que realizo durante el día, mentiría si dijera que no disfruto ver mi lista de “My reported activity” con todas las fotos de mis acciones saludables de estas ultimas semanas desde que el Community Challenge inicio. Hasta cierto … Read More

Everything You Need to Know About Diabetes

  Did you know over of 2,323,220 Texans suffer from diabetes? This means about 12.2% of adults across the state have this chronic disease. Additionally, approximately 23.8% of people who have diabetes were not aware of it prior to seeing a doctor. This chronic disease can lead to illness, pain, and even death. It’s important to know the facts!  Diabetes … Read More

Physical Activity Lowers Blood Sugar After Meals

Have you ever stopped and wondered what the optimal timing was for your meals and workouts? There have been hundreds of studies done on this topic, and some people (whether or not they are diabetic) swear by eating and moving at different times of day for their best fit-selves. If you have diabetes, you’re always fighting to keep your blood … Read More

Five Exercises You Can Do While Social Distancing

  Finding ways to stay physically active during the pandemic has been a challenge for all of us—no matter your age, fitness level, or preference of workout. Not only is it hard to stay motivated during these times, it’s also a challenge to figure out how to stay safe while exercising. Going to a gym may feel like playing with … Read More

5 Ways to Incorporate Healthy Eating Habits at Home

  We are going through some unprecedented times causing a lot of us spend more time and meals at our homes. This extra time spent at home can really influence our eating choices. For many of us coming up with 3 healthy meals a day can be a struggle, especially with take out not that far away. We may not … Read More