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Keeping Kids Happy & Healthy in the New School Year!

The kids are back at school and busy schedules are in full swing. The summer was fun and relaxing, but now you find yourself wondering how to keep physical activity a part of your child’s daily routine as well as take care of yourself. Well don’t worry — we have…
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September 1, 2016

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What is a Culture of Health? What Does it Take for a Community to Get There?

At IT’S TIME TEXAS, our goal is to empower Texans to lead healthier lives and build healthier communities. In order to build those healthier communities and lives, we first have to have an idea as to what a healthy living environment actually looks like! We recently released a white paper,…
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August 25, 2016

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Is a Personal Fitness Tracker Right for YOO?

Written By Maggie Wagner, Marketing Coordinator, IT’S TIME TEXAS Up until about 3 weeks ago, I had absolutely zero experience with personal fitness trackers. Then, the kind folks at YOO Fitness generously offered some of their devices to IT’S TIME TEXAS employees. I’ve always been very curious about just how…
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August 5, 2016

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Is Pokemon GO an Actual Workout?

A new gaming app has made its way into the hands of the general public, and it seems like everybody and their mother has downloaded it. Pokemon Go was released less than a week ago, and already it has found its way onto the phones of virtually every single person…
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July 12, 2016

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#healthyTXsummer Photo Contest!

Nobody knows summer heat quite like us Texans and despite our greatest efforts, we often feel that we must sacrifice some of our healthy regimens to keep our sanity and safety. From taking a jog outside to simply walking through a farmer’s market, outdoor activities can quickly turn into unpleasant…
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July 6, 2016

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Have a Sun-Safe Summer and Educate Little Texans!

With summer in full swing, many Texans are already hibernating where there’s central air, but we are all seeing more of that hot, hot sun whether we like it or not! Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States (more than 2 million cases are diagnosed each year) and…
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June 23, 2016

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Is Exercise Always Better Together?

Working out in itself can be quite a feat for most of us. Just getting to the gym or getting out of the house can be tough. Moreover, whom you work out with (or without) can make a big difference. Some people prefer to exercise alone, while others are more…
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June 20, 2016

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There’s No Health Without Mental Health

Written by Karen Ranus, executive director of NAMI Austin   Have you ever felt a little “blue” when you’re battling a lingering illness or experienced absolutely no desire for physical activity when you’re in an emotional funk? We have a tendency to think of physical and mental health as distinct and…
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May 4, 2016

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Get a Full-Body Workout Outdoors!

If you’re someone who believes the only way to get a full-body workout is at the gym, we want to prove you wrong! There are a lot of at-home or at-the-park ways to get that full body workout you’re looking for. There are likely places to exercise right outside your…
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April 21, 2016

Can’t Concentrate This Afternoon? You Might Be Dehydrated.

  It’s one of those things you’ve been lectured to about more times than you can remember, but staying hydrated is an essential for your health, and being dehydrated can come with some very unfortunate and unexpected side effects.   Mood and energy changes: The fix for your afternoon crash…
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April 19, 2016

Take a FREE Fitness Class Every Day of SXSW!

South by Southwest is bringing more than just film, media and music to Austin this year. IT’S TIME TEXAS and Choose Healthier want to make sure there’s plenty of fitness opportunities too! We’re partnering up with some of our favorite Choose Healthier Vendors to offer free fitness classes in Austin everyday…
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March 4, 2016

Easy, Healthy Holiday Gift Idea: Homemade Fruit Butter!

Mulling over what to give your friends and family this holiday season? On a tight budget? Try this easy-to-make fresh fruit butter recipe that’s great for gifts! For a direct link: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/fresh-fruit-butter Ingredients: Prep: 15-30minutes; 45minutes-1.5 hours (depending on the kind of fruit) 6 cups of prepared fresh fruit (peeled if…
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December 17, 2015

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Three Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving!

With Thanksgiving around the corner, many of us here in Austin will join the mass exodus along IH-35 for the long and painstakingly slow trek home. If you’re worried about how to plan for your normally 3 ½ hours but due to the holidays 7 hour car ride, fret not!…
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November 23, 2015

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The Halo Effect

If you’re a well-informed, health-conscious person who has put on some unwanted pounds in the past year despite trying to eat healthy, there’s a good possibility that the Halo Effect was at work! As humans, we conceptualize our world using mental shortcuts in an effort to make quicker, more efficient…
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November 11, 2015

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Losing Sleep Over Technology

Whether it’s our phone, computer, or tablet, we usually start each morning and end each day looking at our screens. The IT’S TIME TEXAS team is guilty of it, too; we have two mobile apps we all love to play around with, after all. However, checking your emails or making…
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October 29, 2015