How Edgar Used Health Coaching to Control Diabetes

Edgar wanted to participate in health coaching to control diabetes, lose weight, and make a healthy lifestyle change. Since first calling the Living Healthier hotline in 2018, Edgar has faced some challenges in meeting his health goals. But he has overcome them by setting goals with his health coach and talking about those goals every other week. Keep reading to … Read More

How Can Health Coaching Improve Men’s Health?

Did you know that men’s health is only 25% determined by genetics? Lifestyle choices can have a huge impact on overall health.  If you, or a man in your life, needs some help in committing to a healthy lifestyle, health coaching may help. Keep reading to learn more about how health coaching can help men lead a healthy lifestyle! Annual … Read More

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 & Fitness Council, uniting dozens of stakeholders in a cross-sector … Read More

Be Well Baytown: Putting Knowledge Into Action

Be Well Baytown Walking Club

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 strategy aimed at cancer prevention and control. Learn more about … Read More

Partnering with Bose to Fuel Healthy Change

Baker Harrell leads Jumping Jacks for Dollars at SXSW

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 a fun brand engagement where BOSE and It’s Time Texas … Read More

Meet Keynote Speaker Dr. Stephen Pont

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. Through working in Federally Qualified Health Centers in East Austin … Read More

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