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Why IT’S TIME to Hack For Health:

Here in Austin, we’re just coming off of the SXSW buzz; people from all over the world were here exploring the city and hunting (be it music, education or technology) for “the next big thing”. Health should be at the center of that, and the Interactive portion of SXSW included panels devoted solely…
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March 16, 2015

March Photo Contest: #DogsofTX!

After a brief winter by northern standards, we Texans are longing for spring and so are our (furry) best friends! This week, post Healthy Selfies walking, running and playing with your dog(s) and share them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #HEBCC #DogsofTX! Two of you will win a beautiful,…
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March 9, 2015

Healthy Choices (And Selfies) When You’re Out to Eat!

If you are a strong participant in the H-E-B Community Challenge, then you already know that a ‘Healthy Selfie’ is a fun and easy way to gain points for your community! Healthy Selfies involve taking a picture of yourself participating in a healthy act. This could include exercising or eating…
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March 5, 2015

Medical & Nutrition Mobile Apps: Which to Trust?

As you well know (you are probably reading this on your phone,) the mobile app industry has replaced much of our online searching and tracking around health, and has begun to take a deep dive into the medical field. The FDA released their guidelines for reviewing medical mobile apps earlier…
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February 23, 2015

A Hidden Gem: Buda Farmers’ Market!

The Choose Healthier app will list healthy activities and options all over Central Texas, not just in Austin! One market we love that’s a bit beyond ATX is the Buda Farmers’ Market! The market was started five years ago by farmer and community member Jennifer Denton, who has always been passionate…
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February 20, 2015

Vote For Your Favorite SaludHero This Week!

Salud America! is a San Antonio-based national online network of 10,000 devoted researchers and community leaders working together to support healthy policies and change to minimize obesity among Latino children. The network is a project of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San…
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February 18, 2015

Healthy Selfie Photo Contest: Win ‘Eat the Rainbow’ For a Local School!

In honor of the School District Challenge, and to celebrate the amazing healthy activities and Teach Healthier lessons you’ve been leading in your school communities this month, we’re teaming up with our friends at Eat the Rainbow Challenge (ETRC) to give away a digital package to one elementary school! All you have…
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February 11, 2015

California Districts Enforcing Physical Education Requirements

In the great state of California, a parent who represents the advocacy group Cal200 has agreed to a settlement with dozens of California school districts (accounting for more than one fifth of elementary students in the state,) requiring schools to prove they are providing at least the minimum amount of physical education.…
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February 9, 2015

Where the Apps Work Together: YES! Youth Fitness

This Choose Healthier Provider Spotlight is very special to us, because it shows how a community organization can utilize both of our free mobile apps to support and promote their wonderful programs. YES! Youth Fitness (located on 183 in North Austin,) is a franchise with multiple Texas locations (soon expanding to Kansas and…
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February 6, 2015

A Simple Way to Track Your Active Life: Nike+ and Fuelband

The Nike+ system has remodeled its shoe design and construction significantly for its customers just in the past decade. In 2006, the system debuted and originally worked with first generation iPods. (That’s a throwback!) It tracked how many miles you ran, the duration of your workout and the amount of…
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February 4, 2015

Virtual Racing: Run With A Group, Every Time!

When you hear the term ‘virtual race,’ you probably picture a controller in your hand and a character on a screen. However, in reality you’re much more than Player One! Virtual races are almost exactly the same as ‘real’ races, but you race remotely; instead of showing up to a…
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February 2, 2015

Group Fitness Is Not Just For Athletes: The X-Train Story

We met with Barron Jackson at his X-Train facility on West Anderson Lane yesterday, and he immediately had us all laughing. Barron started out at A&M Corpus Christi studying to become a radiologist, discovered partying, and then accidentally discovered his love of training when he came back to Austin that…
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January 30, 2015

Healthy, Happy, and Zombie Free!

What a perfect morning for a run: cool air, birds singing, a beautiful sunrise, and not a zombie in sight! Wait, you haven’t heard about zombies taking over the world? Then you haven’t experienced the “Zombies, run!” fitness app! Like most fitness apps, “Zombies, run!” has GPS route tracking, personal…
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January 26, 2015

Loving IT’S TIME From the Big Apple: Amie Hoff!

You may recognize Amie from her spots on ABC, CBS, NBC and CNBC, Dr Oz, The Today Show and Good Morning America, or you may have read her story in Shape, Fitness and Women’s Health, the New York Times, Washington Post or Newsweek. Amie was even a finalist to replace Jillian Michaels…
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January 11, 2015

Growing Healthy Schools: Hear From Our Winners!

Congratulations to our Growing Healthy Schools Fall Semester Winners! Over 20 schools all over Texas raised a total of $8,700 for healthy school projects this semester and received donations from local businesses, parents, school staff, and community members. The winning schools raised the necessary funds for new recess equipment, classroom fitness stations,…
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December 10, 2014