March Coach Tip: Healthy On A Budget

 A: Depending on where you live, there may be opportunities to double your dollars when you use your food stamp or WIC benefits on fruits and vegetables! The Double Dollar Incentive Program will match your fresh produce purchases dollar-for-dollar up to $20 each week, even at farmer’s markets like Sustainable Food Center! To learn more about how to take advantage … Read More

Combatting A Sedentary Lifestyle:

Have you ever considered the amount of time in a day you spend sitting? Behind the wheel of your car, at your desk at work, relaxing on the couch after a long day… tally up the time, and if you are anything like me, the average time you are sitting is at least 8 hours a day. Prolonged uninterrupted sitting, … Read More

Why IT’S TIME to Hack For Health:

Here in Austin, we’re just coming off of the SXSW buzz; people from all over the world were here exploring the city and hunting (be it music, education or technology) for “the next big thing”. Health should be at the center of that, and the Interactive portion of SXSW included panels devoted solely to advancements in health technology! An extension of this great … Read More

Springdale Farm: Making Local Easier!

Springdale Farm sits on five acres of land, just east of the Capitol building in downtown Austin! The family-owned and operated urban farm grows over 75 seasonal vegetable varieties and operates a popular public farm stand every Wednesday and Saturday from 9AM-1PM. Farmers Glenn and Paula Foore are committed to providing Central Texas residents and restaurants with fresh, local food and they work every … Read More

Grow an Award-Winning SHAC Like Seguin ISD!

The National Physical Activity Plan shares our dream: one day, all Americans will be physically active and will work, play and live in environments that inspire everyday nutrition and physical activity. On February 23-24, 2015, Congress presented the 2015 National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) and recognized, applauded and awarded Texas’ own Seguin ISD Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) for their wonderfully … Read More

March Photo Contest: #DogsofTX!

After a brief winter by northern standards, we Texans are longing for spring and so are our (furry) best friends! This week, post Healthy Selfies walking, running and playing with your dog(s) and share them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #HEBCC #DogsofTX! Two of you will win a beautiful, locally made collar and leash of your choice from DOG+BONE for … Read More

Choose Healthier Provider Spotlight: FinkFit!

Paul Fink’s home studio in the Hill Country is a fitness oasis. With an indoor studio for personal training, and and outdoor space for his group bootcamp classes, Paul has truly devoted his home to creating a supportive, tight-knit fitness family. Paul’s goal, like many of our wonderful providers, is to create a space people want to keep coming back … Read More

Healthy Choices (And Selfies) When You’re Out to Eat!

If you are a strong participant in the H-E-B Community Challenge, then you already know that a ‘Healthy Selfie’ is a fun and easy way to gain points for your community! Healthy Selfies involve taking a picture of yourself participating in a healthy act. This could include exercising or eating healthy food! I love food, and food can love me … Read More

Choose Healthier Provider Spotlight: Sustainable Food Center!

Our Choose Healthier Provider Sustainable Food Center, founded in 1975 as the Austin Community Gardens, has grown into much more than their beautiful gardens. Through organic gardening, relationships with area farmers, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, children and adults in Central Texas have increased access to locally grown food! SFC provides these wonderful programs, which will all be listed on the … Read More

Community Challenge Spotlight: Round Rock!

Austin’s next door neighbor, Round Rock, may get overshadowed by the Capital often, but they have earned more points than the city of Austin for the Community Challenge thus far! Round Rock is dominating the Large City bracket for both the overall Challenge and the School District competition, which comes to a close this Saturday. Round Rock Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores challenged his city, particularly the … Read More

Medical & Nutrition Mobile Apps: Which to Trust?

As you well know (you are probably reading this on your phone,) the mobile app industry has replaced much of our online searching and tracking around health, and has begun to take a deep dive into the medical field. The FDA released their guidelines for reviewing medical mobile apps earlier this month. The good news first: some of these apps … Read More

A Hidden Gem: Buda Farmers’ Market!

The Choose Healthier app will list healthy activities and options all over Central Texas, not just in Austin! One market we love that’s a bit beyond ATX is the Buda Farmers’ Market! The market was started five years ago by farmer and community member Jennifer Denton, who has always been passionate about eating healthy and supporting local producers. One market manager, Jonas … Read More

Vote For Your Favorite SaludHero This Week!

Salud America! is a San Antonio-based national online network of 10,000 devoted researchers and community leaders working together to support healthy policies and change to minimize obesity among Latino children. The network is a project of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. 38.9% of Latino children ages 2-19 years old struggle … Read More

February Choose Healthier Coach Tip:

Are you having trouble getting exercise in during the work week, exhausted when you get home at night and NOT a morning person? There are a couple of really easy ways to integrate physical activity into your work day! One is to schedule a regular walking meeting with coworkers who are committed to moving more, too… Another tip you hear … Read More

Community Challenge Spotlight: Alvarado!

Alvarado has been in the lead in the Extra Small city bracket since day one! They may be “Extra Small”, but they’re extra mighty when it comes to the Challenge. Community member (and Healthy Selfie queen) Cyndi Yaegar filled us in on the city’s strategy! “We’re bringing awareness to the community and uniting as many sectors as we can. Churches are … Read More