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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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.  …
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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October 29, 2015

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Do’s and Don’ts of Halloween Candy!
  Preserve Your Bewitching Smile: Do’s and Don’ts of Halloween Candy Dressing up and trick-or treating creates lasting memories for the whole family, but there’s nothing spookier than cavities in your teeth! Moderation is key when it comes to tempting…
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October 21, 2015

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What’s the Deal With Coconut Oil?
“Gluten free,” “No GMO,” “All-Natural”… are labels consumers are paying much more attention to these days. Be wary of those labels in general. A common healthy substitute that’s spreading fast is coconut oil. It was featured on Dr. Oz, so it must be…
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September 28, 2015

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Ambassador Spotlight: Jessica Romigh!
What do Ohio, Vermont, New York, and 27 other states have in common? They rank higher in “bike friendliness” than Texas. According to The League of American Bicyclists annual report card, Texas is ranked #30 in the nation for bike-ability.…
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September 21, 2015

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Dad’s Tips for Gardening in Texas
Growing up on a beautiful ranch in Central Texas allowed me to have many unique and memorable childhood experiences. Gardening is one that holds special meaning for me. I still love spending time in the garden with my dad, growing…
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September 15, 2015