The Power of Healthy Competition: Work Healthier Challenge

Employees across the state of Texas are demonstrating their commitment to health by participating in our Work Healthier Challenge, powered by HealthyWage. The Challenge started on May 1st and runs through July 31st. The team with the greatest percentage of weight loss will win $10,000. Now, that’s a serious incentive!  “We could not be more thankful for the opportunity to partner … Read More

Texas Health Professionals From All Sectors Unite For a Healthier State

Written By Drs. David Lakey, Associate Vice Chancellor for Population Health and Chief Medical Officer for The University of Texas System, and Baker Harrell, Founder & CEO of IT’S TIME TEXAS Nearly two-thirds of all deaths in Texas are due to chronic disease. Most chronic diseases share three risk factors: tobacco use, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity. These risk factors … Read More

Do You Even Market Your Wellness Program?

By David Whitt, Employee Wellness Manager, City of San Antonio You spent hours upon hours researching biometric and claims data. You identified the type of programming needed to address your organization’s top health claims. You worked overtime designing or partnering with vendors to address those identified needs with appropriate wellness program components. You promote your kickoff event, and you’re all … Read More

Work Healthier Challenge Spotlight: New Harvest Ministries

Businesses and organizations of all sizes are participating in a healthy competition this month through July! Our Work Healthier Challenge, powered by HealthyWage, is an innovative health improvement challenge targeting all employers across the state of Texas. The Work Healthier Challenge was developed to help prevent and reduce chronic, lifestyle health risks related to overweight and obesity issues. Building a … Read More

Texas Teacher Appreciation Giveaway!

Teacher appreciation shouldn’t be limited to just one week! We want to celebrate you with a Teach Healthier contest through the end of May! Follow the instructions below to be entered to win an iPad Air, a recess games package, or a 20 oz. Yeti Rambler: Each Teach Healthier lesson taught between May 15th and June 7th will earn you … Read More

Strengthening School & Community Health: 2017 SHAC Award Winners

We are proud to announce the 2017 School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) Award Winners! There were 75 nominations from incredible schools districts across the Lone Star State. With such strong field of contenders, it was tough to choose just five winners. The SHACs are doing amazing work to create and sustain healthy schools. Congratulations to the winners, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Comal ISD, Lampasas … Read More

Learning to Ride at 25: An Adult Bike Lesson Success Story

By Caroline Fothergill, IT’S TIME TEXAS Marketing & Communications Manager   If you’re one of the lucky ones who learned how to ride a bike as a small child by simply taking off one day, or via the age old push-em-down-the-hill method, you’ve likely used the analogy “it’s like learning how to ride a bike” approximately one thousand times in your … Read More

Collaborating for Community Health in the Rio Grande Valley: Part 1

We hit the ground running in the Rio Grande Valley in early 2017 on a mission to make healthy easier for its residents by expanding and promoting our offerings to the area. Our Regional Coordinator Cindy Salazar-Collier is taking the lead to integrate our programs into the community! “Obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure are notably higher in … Read More

Make May 1st-7th the Healthiest Week of Your Year!

Mark your calendars! May 1st-7th is going to be the healthiest week of the year in Texas. Healthy Texas Week, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, is a week-long celebration of healthy living and healthy communities in the Lone Star State. Throughout the week, we want you to Shop for healthy items, Sweat by getting physically active, … Read More

Recognizing a School Health Champion: Jean Armstrong

We first discovered Jean Armstrong three years ago, when our School Programs Manager Sara toured Corpus Christi ISD to get feedback on our Teach Healthier curricula. Throwback to when we first became IT’S TIME TEXAS and before Teach Healthier was a mobile app, when the lessons were in print form. “Jean was our last stop,” Sara recalls. “We asked what … Read More

National Nutrition Month: 3 Tips for Mindful Eating!

Many of us are used to eating our meals as quickly as possible so we can get back to work, school, or other activities. IT’S TIME to change our mindsets! Make your meals a priority in your day as a time to unwind, clear your mind, and nourish your body. Mindful eating is learning to eat with attention and intention. … Read More

Stay Hydrated with Mobile Apps!

  If you are looking for a way  these apps are for you! There are many ways to track your water intake, but mobile apps are great for those who love technology! Aqualert (iTunes & Google Play) Aqualert tracks your daily water intake based on your gender, weight, and activity level. It lets you know how much water you should … Read More

Trophy Club, Texas: The Name Says It All!

This small, Texas town is in it to win it! Since day one of the Community Challenge, Trophy Club encouraged their community to get active and earn points. This is the first time they’ve participated in the Challenge, and they aren’t messing around. We spoke with Tiffany Nimphius, a Trophy Club resident, to learn more about her experience so far. … Read More

Woah, We’re Halfway There! Community Challenge Midpoint Rundown

We’re six weeks into the 2017 Community Challenge, marking the halfway point, and we are truly blown away by what Texans are doing to step up. This year’s Challenge has already received more registered users and more mayor pledges than ever before, and participants representing more than 300 Texas communities have collectively lost 7,000 pounds since January 9th! Take that, holiday weight gain. … Read More

Give Your Valentine the Gift of Health!

Give Your Valentine the Gift of Health!

Flowers, cards and gifts are great ways to show we care, but how can we make a lasting impact on the lives of our loved ones? Try these three tips to help your friends, family and significant others each day as they strive to reach their health goals. Help Them Shop and Cook Offer to go to the grocery store … Read More