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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…
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March 13, 2015

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…
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March 12, 2015

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…
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March 9, 2015

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…
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March 6, 2015

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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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February 9, 2015