Partnerships are the Solution for Improving Children’s Fitness and Health

Written by Dr. Jeremy Lyon, president of Cooper Youth, The Cooper Institute When it comes to our efforts to improve health outcomes in children, we live in a profoundly complex world.  A world of contradictory and endless messages about body image, what to eat, how to eat, and the daily role of activity. A world of deliberate misinformation and marketing that … Read More

Six Competencies that Support Human Resilience

Written by Dr. Mary Faria, COO/Vice President, Seton Southwest Hospital In Life, why do some people cope and others do not? Is it truly a more stressful work or home context that leads to more stressed people? Why do some people get through horrific experiences whole while others crumble? The Philosopher Fredrick Nietzsche wrote, “to live is to suffer, to find … Read More

Tips & Tricks for the Perfect Healthy Picnic!

For most people, the idea of a picnic sounds absolutely perfect: relaxing outside on a comfortable blanket with a huge basket of fresh snacks and a mouth-watering meal. However, without much preparation, picnics can just end up being soggy sandwiches, canned corn, and a squashed roll of paper towels. But don’t worry! The perfect picnic can be accomplished through four … Read More

The Got Milk? Campaign & Effective Health Communication

By Dr. Mike Mackert, Director of the University of Texas at Austin Center for Health Communication I’ve been working in health communication research and practice for more than 15 years, and I now serve as the Director of the University of Texas at Austin Center for Health Communication. There are few things I enjoy more than working with those in … Read More

Meet Hector! Q&A with a Living Healthier Coach

  Whether you’re managing a diabetes or pre-diabetes diagnosis, looking to reach a healthier weight, or seeking healthy opportunities for yourself or your family, the Living Healthier Hotline coaches can help! Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, anybody can call the hotline number (1-844-26COACH) for free support and access to information, referrals for healthy resources and opportunities, and one-on-one health coaching. We sat down … Read More

But Wait! There’s More of the Great Outdoors

Great Outdoors Month doesn’t have to end in June. Texas has it all when it comes to fun, healthy, and affordable activities to enjoy outdoors. These top summer adventures can be done with friends, family, or even your pet! 1) Paddle Board on the Lake Soak up the surrounding scenery – beautiful parks, expanding skylines, clear blue skies – while getting … Read More

The Power of Healthy Competition: Work Healthier Challenge

Employees across the state of Texas are demonstrating their commitment to health by participating in our Work Healthier Challenge, powered by HealthyWage. The Challenge started on May 1st and runs through July 31st. The team with the greatest percentage of weight loss will win $10,000. Now, that’s a serious incentive!  “We could not be more thankful for the opportunity to partner … Read More

Texas Health Professionals From All Sectors Unite For a Healthier State

Written By Drs. David Lakey, Associate Vice Chancellor for Population Health and Chief Medical Officer for The University of Texas System, and Baker Harrell, Founder & CEO of IT’S TIME TEXAS Nearly two-thirds of all deaths in Texas are due to chronic disease. Most chronic diseases share three risk factors: tobacco use, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity. These risk factors … Read More

Do You Even Market Your Wellness Program?

By David Whitt, Employee Wellness Manager, City of San Antonio You spent hours upon hours researching biometric and claims data. You identified the type of programming needed to address your organization’s top health claims. You worked overtime designing or partnering with vendors to address those identified needs with appropriate wellness program components. You promote your kickoff event, and you’re all … Read More

Work Healthier Challenge Spotlight: New Harvest Ministries

Businesses and organizations of all sizes are participating in a healthy competition this month through July! Our Work Healthier Challenge, powered by HealthyWage, is an innovative health improvement challenge targeting all employers across the state of Texas. The Work Healthier Challenge was developed to help prevent and reduce chronic, lifestyle health risks related to overweight and obesity issues. Building a … Read More

Texas Teacher Appreciation Giveaway!

Teacher appreciation shouldn’t be limited to just one week! We want to celebrate you with a Teach Healthier contest through the end of May! Follow the instructions below to be entered to win an iPad Air, a recess games package, or a 20 oz. Yeti Rambler: Each Teach Healthier lesson taught between May 15th and June 7th will earn you … Read More

Strengthening School & Community Health: 2017 SHAC Award Winners

We are proud to announce the 2017 School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) Award Winners! There were 75 nominations from incredible schools districts across the Lone Star State. With such strong field of contenders, it was tough to choose just five winners. The SHACs are doing amazing work to create and sustain healthy schools. Congratulations to the winners, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Comal ISD, Lampasas … Read More

Learning to Ride at 25: An Adult Bike Lesson Success Story

By Caroline Fothergill, IT’S TIME TEXAS Marketing & Communications Manager   If you’re one of the lucky ones who learned how to ride a bike as a small child by simply taking off one day, or via the age old push-em-down-the-hill method, you’ve likely used the analogy “it’s like learning how to ride a bike” approximately one thousand times in your … Read More

Collaborating for Community Health in the Rio Grande Valley: Part 1

We hit the ground running in the Rio Grande Valley in early 2017 on a mission to make healthy easier for its residents by expanding and promoting our offerings to the area. Our Regional Coordinator Cindy Salazar-Collier is taking the lead to integrate our programs into the community! “Obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure are notably higher in … Read More

Make May 1st-7th the Healthiest Week of Your Year!

Mark your calendars! May 1st-7th is going to be the healthiest week of the year in Texas. Healthy Texas Week, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, is a week-long celebration of healthy living and healthy communities in the Lone Star State. Throughout the week, we want you to Shop for healthy items, Sweat by getting physically active, … Read More