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Jan 8th – March 4th
2017 Community Challenge Winners!
The 2017 Community Challenge is over, but the efforts and enthusiasm put forth by this year’s participants was nothing short of historical. In three short months, more than 23,500 Texans, representing roughly 330 communities, registered for the Challenge, exercised more and tracked their workouts, ate healthier, organized group and community health events, and encouraged their friends, family, colleagues, and fellow community members to join them in demonstrating their commitment to healthier cities and a healthier state.
From the more than 70 Texas mayors and the schools, businesses, local non-profits, faith-based organizations, which lead thousands of healthy activities, participants from all over the Lone Star State stepped up to demonstrate that the health of their communities matter. We know that a healthy community is more prosperous, and by working together, we will make living healthy easier for all Texans.
2016 COMMUNITY CHALLENGE MAYOR VIDEOS
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Tristan Cisco, Water Conservation Education Coordinator for the Town of Prosper, Prosper TX
Julie Shivers, Recreation Coordinator for the Town of Prosper, Prosper TX
Kimberly Hanson, Teacher at Bel Air Elementary School, Athens TX
Angela Rubio, Coordinated School Health Specialist, Pasadena ISD, Pasadena TX
Tristan Cisco, Water Conservation Education Coordinator for the Town of Prosper, Prosper TX"The staff here at the Town of Prosper has really dove head first into this Challenge. Encouraging others to post their Healthy Selfies and 'Walk for Wellness' every Friday has helped to hold a lot of us accountable. It's fun to get people from other departments together to do something to make our workplace healthier! I think that we, as a whole, have worked so hard to accumulate the points for our community, that taking home the win will make us even more proud to be a part of Prosper! I think winning will show the community that we can all come together for something great, and I am so glad that I am a part of it! IT'S TIME for Texans to take the initiative and get fit!"
Julie Shivers, Recreation Coordinator for the Town of Prosper, Prosper TX"I energized the Challenge early on by encouraging staff to register and take and post healthy Selfies. Throughout the competition, I personally invited staff to get engaged; participated in the regular workplace walks; worked to form the Mayor's Fitness Council; and helped produce the 'Mayor's Challenge' video. With the Mayor and Town Council's support, we visited and emailed businesses, churches, and schools to describe the Challenge ask for support. Also, we participated in the presentation to the Chamber of Commerce which directly targeted those local businesses who are community-minded. The Challenge competition is important because it increases awareness of health and wellness on a daily basis, for both residents and staff. IT'S TIME for Texans to get outdoors and get moving!"
Kimberly Hanson, Teacher at Bel Air Elementary School, Athens TX“When I signed up for the Challenge, I knew I wanted to take it seriously and really make an impact in our community. This is the first time I have participated, but I think it is something that we should continue to do even after the competition ends. Our impact can run deep when we educate our students about being healthy. As a teacher, I want to be the best I can be for these kids. If I'm not doing my part, eating healthy, being physical, and teaching nutrition to the kids, then I'm not being a good role model. I don't see this as a competition between communities. Everyone who has stepped up and made this pledge is a winner. We are all winners because we chose to do what's best for us. No matter if we win or lose, I know I'm making a huge impact in the lives of these kids because they are making healthier choices every day. IT’S TIME for communities to educate the youth on the importance of being healthy! They are our future!”
Angela Rubio, Coordinated School Health Specialist, Pasadena ISD, Pasadena TX"My job is to help make healthy the norm in Pasadena. Finding new ways to spread the message of health and wellness to our students, families, and communities is important. Winning the challenge would give us recognition for the efforts we make and would allow us to share the accomplishment with the community and at the same time encourage our community to focus on making healthier choices. IT'S TIME to give ourselves the health we deserve!"
Each year, the Community Challenge unites community members, schools, businesses, community organizations, faith-based organizations and mayors in an effort to see which of Texas’ communities can demonstrate the greatest commitment to healthy living. There are a variety of ways for each of these audience types to communities to earn points and at the end of the 3-month competition a champion is crowned! There is a winner for each of the 5 size categories: Metro, Large, Mid-sized, Small, Extra-small. Click here to see the many ways you’ll be able to earn points for your community!
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