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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…
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March 5, 2015

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…
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February 27, 2015

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.…
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February 25, 2015

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…
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February 23, 2015

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…
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February 20, 2015

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…
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February 18, 2015

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…
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February 17, 2015

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…
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February 16, 2015

Healthy Selfie Photo Contest: Win ‘Eat the Rainbow’ For a Local School!

In honor of the School District Challenge, and to celebrate the amazing healthy activities and Teach Healthier lessons you’ve been leading in your school communities this month, we’re teaming up with our friends at Eat the Rainbow Challenge (ETRC) to give away a digital package to one elementary school! All you have…
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February 11, 2015

Zumba For FREE And For All: The WeViva Story!

Carolyn Haney started WeViva in 2011 when she noticed that access to health and fitness was not equal among all Texans. Although there were (and still are) wonderful programs going on for low-income youth in Austin, there was a gap in regard to health (mainly fitness and nutrition) for low-income…
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February 10, 2015

California Districts Enforcing Physical Education Requirements

In the great state of California, a parent who represents the advocacy group Cal200 has agreed to a settlement with dozens of California school districts (accounting for more than one fifth of elementary students in the state,) requiring schools to prove they are providing at least the minimum amount of physical education.…
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February 9, 2015

Where the Apps Work Together: YES! Youth Fitness

This Choose Healthier Provider Spotlight is very special to us, because it shows how a community organization can utilize both of our free mobile apps to support and promote their wonderful programs. YES! Youth Fitness (located on 183 in North Austin,) is a franchise with multiple Texas locations (soon expanding to Kansas and…
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February 6, 2015

A Simple Way to Track Your Active Life: Nike+ and Fuelband

The Nike+ system has remodeled its shoe design and construction significantly for its customers just in the past decade. In 2006, the system debuted and originally worked with first generation iPods. (That’s a throwback!) It tracked how many miles you ran, the duration of your workout and the amount of…
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February 4, 2015

Virtual Racing: Run With A Group, Every Time!

When you hear the term ‘virtual race,’ you probably picture a controller in your hand and a character on a screen. However, in reality you’re much more than Player One! Virtual races are almost exactly the same as ‘real’ races, but you race remotely; instead of showing up to a…
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February 2, 2015

Group Fitness Is Not Just For Athletes: The X-Train Story

We met with Barron Jackson at his X-Train facility on West Anderson Lane yesterday, and he immediately had us all laughing. Barron started out at A&M Corpus Christi studying to become a radiologist, discovered partying, and then accidentally discovered his love of training when he came back to Austin that…
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January 30, 2015