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Community Lab: Examining Health Disparities in the Context of COVID-19

These past four months have been uniquely challenging times for our communities. The rapid spread of COVID-19 has required us all to adapt to new norms and adjust to the notion that life will never be the same. The pandemic has also exposed new and existing health disparities, requiring us…
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June 25, 2020

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Creativity and Cross-Sector Collaboration in a Pandemic

By Patrick Brandt, Co-founder, Get Shift Done and President, Shiftsmart It was after the Friday, March 13th press conference when the federal government declared a State of Emergency surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, that I had an “aha” moment during a conversation with a friend of mine, Anurag Jain, who is…
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June 25, 2020

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The Healthier Texas Summit Moves Online

We are living in a uniquely challenging time. The rapid spread of COVID-19 has raised new public health concerns, while magnifying existing social, economic, and environmental issues impacting the health and well-being of Texans. Like many of you, we have responded to the current moment by exploring new ways of…
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June 11, 2020

A Message from It’s Time Texas CEO Amy McGeady

As a leader and a person, I must start with myself. I want to acknowledge that not being a racist is not enough. Only by becoming an antiracist will I move from good intentions to the bold action necessary to advance racial equity and social justice. I have a lot to…
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June 2, 2020

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Change the Profession – Graduating Active Students

Author: Robert Pangrazi, Educational Specialist, Gopher Sport and developer of Dynamic PE ASAP People often say change is good. We have all heard that the only constant is change. Yet, when I look at our profession, the change I often see is surface change. For example, changing the schedule of…
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May 20, 2020

#TexansThrive: Staying Connected at a Distance

In these strange days of social distancing, it’s so important to remember that we’re not alone. Like a lot of others who have made the transition to working remotely over the past couple of weeks, our team is experimenting with new ways to collaborate and stay connected. On Slack, which…
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April 1, 2020

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What is Chronic Kidney Disease and Are You at Risk?

You’ve likely heard of health risks like diabetes and high blood pressure, but what about chronic kidney disease? Most people are unaware of this disease, despite it being a common ailment. Approximately 37 million American adults—more than 1 in 7—have chronic kidney disease, putting their health at risk. Furthermore, 9…
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March 2, 2020

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Community Challenge Talk: Meet Ten Inspiring Texans

Year after year, one of the things we love most about the Community Challenge is the incredible sense of camaraderie. When you’re working hard at something, it can help to know that you’re not alone in what you’re trying to accomplish. Here, participants in the 2020 Community Challenge talk about…
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February 18, 2020

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No-Heat Beef Lunch Box Ideas for Every Age

By: Jennifer Fisher, The Fit Fork, on behalf of Beef Loving Texans Back to school season means a return to the lunch making grind. Make it less of a chore and less of a bore with these tasty and practical ideas for No-Heat Beef Lunch Box Ideas for Every Age. Toddler…
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February 13, 2020

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Community Challenge Hacks: Intern Edition

It’s Time Texas intern Jaelyn Valero shares how to get 800 points a day in the 2020 Community Challenge Over the past few weeks, our support inbox has received a lot of questions on how to be a tough competitor in the Community Challenge – especially when you’re working with…
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February 10, 2020

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Telltale signs you’re competing in the Community Challenge

Have your dinner parties suddenly started to incorporate a lot more cardio? Are half of your photos just you next to a bowl of grapefruit? If so, chances are you’re competing in the Community Challenge. As we pass the halfway mark and head into Week 5, here’s a roundup of…
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February 3, 2020

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From mindless munching to family feasts: Unpacking emotional eating

If you’ve ever watched a food commercial (or simply walked upright), you’ve probably picked up on the idea that eating isn’t always about physical hunger. At different times, we may use food as a comfort, incentive, distraction, or reward. Maybe you’ve raided the fridge after a stressful day at work…
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February 2, 2020

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5 Tips on Creating a Healthy Relationship with Food in the New Year

By: Hawley Poinsett, MS, RDN, LD for Beef Loving Texans Everyday we are inundated with information about the best new way to get healthy or lose weight, but during the New Year it is simply overwhelming. One report may tell you that the Mediterranean Diet is the best diet for…
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January 17, 2020

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Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

From family feasts to age-old traditions, the holidays give us a lot to look forward to. But they also bring their own set of challenges: too much food, too many parties, too much stress, and too little time. For those of us who struggle to stay on a healthy track…
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December 16, 2019

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It’s Time We Had a Talk About Self-Care

Anne started her teaching career in a position funded through Teach for America. Her students experienced some of the highest poverty levels in the country. Chronic HVAC issues led to frequent school closures and administrative inefficiencies left teachers struggling to make up for lost time. “I would find myself thinking…
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December 4, 2019