Commit to Health During the Healthiest Week of the Year!

Healthy Texas Week is coming April 29th – May 5th. Texans will be shopping for healthy foods, sweating more, and sharing their healthy activities on social media! Keep reading to discover how others have gotten involved in Healthy Texas Week in past years, and how you can involve your family and friends this year! How Josephine Committed to Health in … Read More

One Student’s Mission to Build a Healthier Community

High school student and healthy ambassador Amy

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 getting students on board was no easy feat, she never … Read More

Testing Tips for Educators to Help Students Succeed!

A teacher stands in front of her class. She is in front of a decorated whiteboard and is facing her students who are all standing and looking at her expectantly.

Standardized testing season is upon us. Students, and teachers, will be put to the test when their grade level takes the STAAR test, or State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. This can be a time of anxiety for everyone in the classroom, so we’ve provided some healthy STAAR testing tips. Share these testing tips for educators to prepare everyone … Read More

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 Major: Advertising Graduation Date: May 2019 Why join It’s Time … Read More

Keep Up The #CommunityChallenge Momentum: Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle Year-Round

Two teenage girls in black workout clothes stand in front of the mirror at a gym taking a selfie. one is flexing the muscles in her arms and the other has a hand on her hips.

The #CommunityChallenge is over, and over 25,000 Texans formed new healthy habits during the Challenge. From exercising more, eating healthier foods, to drinking more water you worked hard to transform health across Texas. Don’t let that hard work go to waste! Use the tips below to maintain a healthy lifestyle even after Community Challenge! Set New, S.M.A.R.T. Goals When you … Read More

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 residents, agencies, businesses, and nonprofits to create more accessible health … Read More

Stories that Inspire: Why It’s Time to Invest in Yourself

Cassandra at the gym, performing squats on the squat rack.

Balancing a busy schedule as both a teacher and a mom, Cassandra is no stranger to the challenges of finding time to invest yourself.  Now in her second year of participating in the Community Challenge, she shares her motivations for living healthier and the tools that help her stay on track. What first inspired you to join the Community Challenge? … Read More

Swap The Sugar After Valentine’s Day

A close-up of strawberries in glass cups.

With February in full swing, people tend to fall into patterns of over indulgence when it comes to sugar. This Valentine’s Day, why not show a little love to the most important person in your life, yourself! Swap the sugar for a healthy and sweet treat. Our Living Healthier coaches have given us few ways you can love your body … Read More

Ideas to Create a Healthy Community

A group of active people running outside in their community.

The #CommunityChallenge is about building a healthy community, but doesn’t work without the involvement of the hardworking people! You don’t have to be the mayor to engage the people around you, you just need to be passionate about practicing a healthy lifestyle. Here are some of the small ways that you can spread the message of the IT’S TIME TEXAS … Read More

Healthier Valentine’s Day Ideas

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Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day yet? Is one of your plans to show yourself some love? By making some simple changes you can commit to a healthier Valentine’s Day and a healthier you! Keep reading to get some tips on Living Healthier and read Edgar’s Living Healthier success story. Simple Ways to Have a Healthier Valentine’s Day This … Read More

Stories That Inspire: Meet Norma

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In the latest post from the It’s Time Texas blog, two-time Community Challenge participant Norma of Pasadena, TX, shares what motivated her to get involved in the Challenge, her biggest obstacle along the way, and the attitude that keeps her going strong. A year ago, Norma was looking for a little motivation to get back on track with eating healthy … Read More

Setting SMART New Year’s Resolutions

With 2019 just around the corner, you might be thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. Is getting healthy on the list? How about losing weight or exercising more? If so, you’re not alone. Research shows that resolutions to lose weight and get healthy are some of the most popular. Unfortunately, despite best intentions, only a small percentage of resolution setters … Read More

IT’S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge: Five Winning Strategies to Help Your Community Rise to the Top

Does your community have all systems ready to be successful in the 2019 IT’S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge?! To help your community be successful, we’ve rounded up some helpful tips from previous winners. Keep reading for strategies that your community can use to boost engagement and motivate participants! Work with your municipal leadership and local health task forces to brainstorm … Read More

The Twelve Days of Stress-Free Holiday Living

It’s that time of year again! Soon our streets will be decorated with glimmering lights and our homes will fill with the aromas of sweet vanilla and warm cider. This time of year, you might feel overwhelmed with end-of-year work obligations, kids being out of school, growing to-do lists, meals to cook, visitors to entertain and a feeling like there’s … Read More

Empowering Health in School Communities: 2018 SHAC Award Winners

Empowering Health in School Communities: 2018 SHAC Award Winners We are proud to announce the 2018 School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) Award Winners! Schools all across the state of Texas worked tirelessly to build healthy environments within their school districts. We are amazed by the achievements SHACs are making in their school communities, and while it was difficult to choose … Read More