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Why is Stretching Important?

  Whether you step into the gym, go outside for a run, or head to a cycle class, an important component to getting a great workout in, is to always stretch before you start and after you finish your sweat session. For some reason, stretching is often times overlooked or…
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January 20, 2022

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#TastyTuesday Brighter Bites Cauliflower Ceviche

  The 2022 Community Challenge is in full swing! As we head into week two, our friends at Brighter Bites shared a delicious, low-cost, healthy recipe you can cook to enjoy this week. Check out below to see how to make your very own Cauliflower Ceviche, and post your healthy…
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January 8, 2022

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Traditions of Health: 12 Days of Self-Care

  For many, the holiday season means planning and taking care of others. We fill our days with our regular hustle and bustle, and our evenings wrapping, decorating, and cooking. However, the busyness of the holiday season leaves little time to slow down and take care of oneself.   During…
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December 16, 2021

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Equity in Action: Utilizing a Diversified & Inclusive Framework for Systemic Change

  In the wake of the COVID pandemic, health equity has been pushed to the forefront. People living in low-income communities were hit hard by the successive waves of COVID, catastrophic natural disasters, and the trauma of isolation. The impact of the last two years will be generational unless we…
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October 26, 2021

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Tarrant County Birth Equity Collaborative

The Tarrant County Birth Equity Collaborative (BEC), co-lead by Health Equity Alliance of Tarrant County (HEAL) and Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH), was formed to reduce racial inequities in maternal and infant health by identifying, planning, and implementing upstream and downstream strategies. BEC is one of CityMatCH’s BEST Cities initiatives,…
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October 25, 2021

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It’s Time Texas Discusses Health Equity in Six Words

Hi, my name is Joycelyn Jurado and I am the Director of School Programs at It’s Time Texas. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the terms “health equity” and “health inequities” are defined as: Equity is the absence of avoidable or remediable differences among groups of people, whether those…
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June 7, 2021

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The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre RGV: Savory Layered Dip

The Brownsville Wellness Coalition hosts a program titled “The Happy Kitchen” or “La Cocina Alegre” where community members can learn the importance and benefits of eating healthy foods, with hands-on experience cooking nutritious, low-cost meals with locally sourced ingredients. The interactive, six week series of classes emphasizes the selection and…
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June 1, 2021

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Summer Salsa Snacks You Won’t Regret from Brighter Bites

Summertime is here, and while we’re all out having fun in the sun with family and friends, snack time seems to turn into a routine when school’s out. Before you reach for the bag of Cheetos or grab an ice cream sandwich for your children to snack on during the…
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May 27, 2021

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AlexaHealthy Tacos de Pescado Recipe for Memorial Day Weekend

Hi, my name is Alexandra. I was born and raised in Matamoros Tamaulipas, bordering Brownsville Texas, an area well known for its beautiful beach on the Gulf of Mexico. My parents were always in love with the sea and in their kitchen they transmitted this love for seafood to us,…
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May 27, 2021

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Family-friendly Beef Grilling Recipes for Memorial Day

For most Americans, Memorial Day weekend signifies the end of hectic school-year schedules and the start of laid-back summer days spent with family and close friends. A backyard cookout with great food and fun outdoor activities is a popular way to spend the holiday, especially in Texas! Memorial Day also…
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May 24, 2021

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SNAP-Ed: Building Healthy Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend

Healthy eating is important at every life stage, and Memorial Day weekend is typically a time when multi-generations of family members come together and enjoy a meal. Memorial Day weekend not only kicks off the end of the school year, but is also a time for us to give appreciation…
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May 21, 2021

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What are Social Determinants of Health (SDoH)?

The phrase “social determinants of health” (SDoH) is often used in the jargon of every day health champions and advocates. But what does it mean to the everyday person? Social determinants of health are the social and economic conditions that influence your health status and your community’s health status. Health…
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May 18, 2021

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Trails Lead to Community Success in Rio Grande Valley Region: The Caracara Trails

The Caracara is a native to the southern regions of Texas. With its black wings, white-speckled neck, and orange face, they’re distinct features give them a beautiful and powerful demeanor when stumbled upon in their ecosystem. Rare in the United States, the lower Rio Grande Valley region of Texas is…
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April 1, 2021

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A New Funding Opportunity: Collaborative Innovations for Community Health

Health disparities are a painful reality across the state and a direct result of unfair policies and structures. It’s well past time for taking direct efforts to rebuild a more equitable world. It’s Time Texas (ITT), in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), presents Collaborative Innovations…
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March 29, 2021

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5 Tips to Build a Healthier Grocery List

  Spending more time at home has led to eating more meals and more snacks at your own kitchen table. There are days when it doesn’t seem like there’s a healthy food left in the house, or cooking a healthy meal seems like too much of a commitment after a…
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March 18, 2021