Work Healthier Challenge Awards $18,000, Inspiring Healthy Results Statewide

Employer-supported health incentives are a hot topic as competitive wages, benefit packages, and health incentives are reviewed carefully by potential employees and are a major expense to the employer.  Why should an employer choose to support and incentivize healthier lifestyles for their employees? There’s a mutual benefit for the employer and its employees. Companies will have a happier, healthier, and … Read More

Get Ready to Walk, Texas!

We’re thrilled to host our 2nd annual Texas Walks campaign! This statewide initiative is a way for Texans to rally their family, friends, and co-workers to walk in support of a healthy lifestyle and a healthier state. Texas Walks will take place on October 20th at 10 AM. Go outside, take a friend with you, and walk for just 10 … Read More

No Better Time Than Now

By: Lauren Leining, Student, The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston I consider myself a late bloomer. Coming from a small, homogeneous town and as a first-generation college student, I feared pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone. College opened my eyes to the buzzing world around me, of which there is still much to learn. And although my … Read More

Shop Smart at the Farmers’ Market!

The farmers’ market can be intimidating and a little overwhelming at first. What is in season? Can I bring my dog or children? Do I have to pay in cash? Can I use SNAP benefits to buy food from vendors? How many samples can I really eat? No matter how many questions you have, taking a trip to the farmers’ … Read More

Back-to-School: Give Kids a Healthy Start

It’s that time of the year again!  The hot, lazy days of summer are coming to an end, and the days of backpacks, homework, and extracurricular activities have arrived. Starting a new academic year is exciting for students, parents, and teachers, but it can also bring some back-to-school jitters. We want students to have the most successful year possible, which … Read More

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