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 coast. As a teenager, he worked as a lifeguard, swimming extra miles just for fun. A science teacher, scuba diver, book worm, and amateur chef, Lee is something of a Renaissance … Read More

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 efforts. We are amazed by the achievements SHACs are making … Read More

Healthy School Lunches: What if a School Lunch is the Only Option?

A teenage girl in overalls sits alone at a lunch table. Her head is in her hand and she is glumly looking at her school lunch.

This week, lead health coach at Living Healthier, Natalie is sharing some of her experiences with school lunches. Read on to learn more about Natalie’s tips for staying healthy no matter what’s for lunch! My Kid’s School Doesn’t Serve Healthy School Lunches It’s easier for parents to teach their children to eat healthy foods if the schools they attend serve … Read More

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 you want to intern at It’s Time Texas? I wanted … Read More

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 this next chapter.

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