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The Twelve Days of Stress-Free Holiday Living

It’s that time of year again! Soon our streets will be decorated with glimmering lights and our homes will fill with the aromas of sweet vanilla and warm cider. This time of year, you might feel overwhelmed with end-of-year work obligations, kids being out of school, growing to-do lists, meals…
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November 20, 2018

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National Nutrition Month Food Battle Recap

By Ali Mancinelli, Marketing Intern March is National Nutrition Month, and we celebrated by highlighting some of our favorite nutritious foods. If you missed our weekly food battles, here are the results! During week one, we voted between broccoli and asparagus. Broccoli won a close battle, and we shared a…
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March 28, 2018

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Have a Healthy Valentine’s Day

The most sugar-coated holiday gets a healthy makeover. By Amanda MacFarlane, Marketing Intern When I think of Valentine’s Day, the first thing that comes to my mind is chocolate and candy. Since I was a kid, it was almost a rite of passage to send people bright red lollipops or…
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February 13, 2018

This Is What Making Healthy Choices Actually Looks Like

It’s not about restrictive diets or harsh exercise programs. It’s about the little steps you make every day. By Amanda MacFarlane, Marketing Intern It’s the beginning of February and by a show of hands, who has already broken their New Year’s resolutions to be healthier? *Raises hand* The truth is…
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January 31, 2018

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5 Tips to Move Resolutions to Reality

By Tracy Walker, Sr. Director of Marketing & Events at IT’S TIME TEXAS I have to be honest, the ‘r’ word has haunted me for a very long time. There have been years where I’ve set the bar so high that I was doomed from the get-go. I’d set some…
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December 28, 2017

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7 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but the holiday doesn’t mean you have to give up on good health! Check out these 7 tips to enjoy a healthier Thanksgiving without taking away the flavor and fun. Eat Breakfast It’s the most important meal of the day for a reason! Skipping…
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November 19, 2017

How to Have a Happy & Healthy Halloween

Halloween is filled with costumes, trick-or-treating, and of endless amounts of candy. Unfortunately, over the years, a few pieces of candy have increased to eating hundreds in only one night. With this in mind, it is our mission to help you make this Halloween the healthiest one yet.  Costume parades…
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October 30, 2017

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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…
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September 27, 2017

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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…
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September 7, 2017

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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…
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August 25, 2017

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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…
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August 15, 2017

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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…
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July 31, 2017

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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…
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July 20, 2017

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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…
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July 13, 2017

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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 –…
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June 29, 2017