Why It's Time
We believe where you live should not determine how long you live. That’s why we’re working to reduce the risk of preventable diseases while increasing access to health for all Texans. We want Texans to live longer, happier, healthier lives, because right now we rank No. 30 in life expectancy in the U.S., and average life spans can vary as much as 30 years between Texas communities due to inequitable access to health. That’s unacceptable. Those inequities can stem from a number of factors including poverty, city infrastructure, lack of green spaces, food deserts and more.
To build a healthier Texas, we operate in, and impact, three key areas of Texas society:
- We increase opportunities for Texas residents to engage in healthy activities and civic happenings because we know civically engaged people are statistically healthier.
- We help schools and school districts strategically expand their capacity to build a healthy environment for their staff and their students.
- We elevate local-level voices when discussing health prevention and improvements in their communities.
Our Impact Strategy
Health & Civic Education
School Capacity Building
Grassroots Organizing & Advocacy
2023 Community Challenge
Thank you to our more than 22,991 registered participants who joined us for this 8-week journey to healthier habits! A special thank you to our 5,649 Health Champions who took the pledge and encouraged others throughout all 422 participating communities! And finally, we are so grateful to our Community Partners and all they have done to help the Community Challenge be possible! Our partners are leaders, organizations, school districts, and health advocates who not only organized special events and cultivated community engagement but, most importantly, have set a tone for their community to prioritize the health of all Texans.
Healthy People 2023 Champions
It's Time Texas is pleased to be recognized by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a Healthy People 2030 Champion.
As a Healthy People 2030 Champion, It's Time Texas has demonstrated a commitment to helping achieve the Healthy People 2030 vision of a society in which all people can achieve their full potential for health and well-being across the lifespan. ODPHP recognizes It's Time Texas, along with other Healthy People 2030 Champions, as part of a growing network of organizations partnering with ODPHP to improve health and well-being at the local, state, and tribal level.
Healthier Texas Summit
Registration for Healthier Texas Summit is now open. Join It’s Time Texas and The University of Texas System in Austin, October 5th and 6th as more than 700 Public Health professionals, leaders, and innovators unite to transform health in Texas by empowering action for systems change.
Free Telehealth Coaching
Coaching available in English and Spanish, this free, confidential service via phone, text, and video provides support in setting health goals, establishing healthier habits, and preventing and managing chronic conditions.
School Health Improvement Plans
At It’s Time Texas, we aim to create a shared value around health and support school districts as they work to enact strategies focused on improving the health and wellness of their educators, staff, students, and families.
The Community Challenge
It’s Time Texas Community Challenge unites Texans from across the state to build a healthier Texas. This free eight-week competition challenges Texans to develop simple healthy habits like eating healthy, exercising, and staying hydrated because our everyday choices shape our health and our future. And like any good competition, it comes with prizes. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2023 Challenge Winners and the 2024 Challenge dates!
It’s Time Texas provides a diverse set of toolkits to support organizations and communities with resources to build capacity while mobilizing efforts to implement healthy change.
Nutrition Education Videos
It’s Time Texas works to build healthier lives and healthier communities across Texas through interactive programming and educational materials. We encourage you to utilize our nutrition education videos as a resource and as personal support throughout your health journey.
Collaborative Innovations for Community Health
Through the generosity of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® grant, It’s Time Texas awarded eight sub-grants totaling $300,000 to community-based organizations who are able to mobilize and rapidly deploy resources where they are needed most within four designated areas of Texas.
Free Virtual Exercise Classes
It’s Time Texas offers free, virtual exercise and nutrition classes to all Texans and all fitness levels! Formats include Zumba, yoga, MixxedFit and more. Classes are available in English and Spanish.
Move Your Way
The Move Your Way campaign allowed It’s Time Texas to develop a framework for building capacity within communities to ensure health campaigns are not only evidence-based but are community-led, culturally responsive, and meeting health literacy standards.
The Community ChallengeThe It’s Time Texas Community Challenge is back and stronger than ever for 2022! For eight weeks, Texans come together as individuals, employers, communities, and schools to engage in a friendly health competition. Learn more and sign up today!Learn More
Free Telehealth CoachingAs a mission-driven organization, we’re committed to making health coaching available to any Texan ready to make healthy change. There’s no cost and no pressure to commit. So give us a call and see for yourself the difference it can make in your life.Learn More
Virtual Fitness ClassesWe're proud to offer free, virtual group exercise classes in Spanish and English.Learn More
Collaborative Innovations for Community HealthThrough the generosity of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® grant, It’s Time Texas awarded eight sub-grants totaling $300,000 to community-based organizations who are able to mobilize and rapidly deploy resources where they are needed most within four designated areas of Texas.Learn More
SHAC SupportThe SHAC-in-Action: Partnering for Healthy Kids project helps initiate, enhance, and support SHACs throughout the state of Texas! Access tools and resources to put your SHAC in actions!Learn More
The Healthier Texas SummitA premier population health conference, the Healthier Texas Summit offers informative sessions and interactive workshops, with education credits available for numerous professions.Learn More
Community LabIt’s Time Texas’ Community Lab is an innovative, web-based forum providing FREE, interactive training and support to CHCs & SHACS throughout Texas. Each month, Community Lab members will have the opportunity to make social connections with peers, learn best practices from experts in the field, and receive peer-to peer feedback on their collaborative’s work.Learn More
Regional Workshop SeriesA collaboration between It’s Time Texas, SNAP-Ed, and regional constituents, the It’s Time Texas Regional Workshop Series aims to empower local health champions with the skills, knowledge, resources, and connections to improve health within their schools, workplaces, and communities.Learn More