Community Challenge Talk: Meet Ten Inspiring Texans

Year after year, one of the things we love most about the Community Challenge is the incredible sense of camaraderie. When you’re working hard at something, it can help to know that you’re not alone in what you’re trying to accomplish. Here, participants in the 2020 Community Challenge talk about what inspired them to get involved, where it gets hard, … Read More

Community Challenge Hacks: Intern Edition

It’s Time Texas intern Jaelyn Valero shares how to get 800 points a day in the 2020 Community Challenge Over the past few weeks, our support inbox has received a lot of questions on how to be a tough competitor in the Community Challenge – especially when you’re working with limited hours in the day. As a fulltime student and … Read More

5 Tips on Creating a Healthy Relationship with Food in the New Year

Chicken Fajitas - Beef Loving Texans

By: Hawley Poinsett, MS, RDN, LD for Beef Loving Texans Everyday we are inundated with information about the best new way to get healthy or lose weight, but during the New Year it is simply overwhelming. One report may tell you that the Mediterranean Diet is the best diet for heart health, while another claims that going “clean” and vegan … Read More

2020 Community Challenge: Here’s What’s New

At It’s Time Texas, one of the values that drives our work is relentless curiosity. To us, this means finding clarity through asking meaningful questions and learning from honest feedback. At the end of the 2019 Community Challenge, we asked everyone who participated to share their feedback about the experience – what you enjoyed and what could be improved for … Read More

Be Well Baytown: Putting Knowledge Into Action

Be Well Baytown Walking Club

Baytown, TX is the first stop in our free Building Healthier Communities workshop series for Texans seeking more effective ways to collaborate for community health. As the inaugural site for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Be Well Communities initiative, it is also home to a comprehensive place-based strategy aimed at cancer prevention and control. Learn more about … Read More

One Student’s Mission to Build a Healthier Community

High school student and healthy ambassador Amy

As a high school student and Health Ambassador for a Ready Texas (HART), Amy Escalante is dedicated to helping her school community tap into a healthier lifestyle. So when her principal asked her to spread the word about the It’s Time Texas Community Challenge, she jumped at the opportunity. While getting students on board was no easy feat, she never … Read More

Keep Up The #CommunityChallenge Momentum: Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle Year-Round

Two teenage girls in black workout clothes stand in front of the mirror at a gym taking a selfie. one is flexing the muscles in her arms and the other has a hand on her hips.

The #CommunityChallenge is over, and over 25,000 Texans formed new healthy habits during the Challenge. From exercising more, eating healthier foods, to drinking more water you worked hard to transform health across Texas. Don’t let that hard work go to waste! Use the tips below to maintain a healthy lifestyle even after Community Challenge! Set New, S.M.A.R.T. Goals When you … Read More

Time to Invest in Your Health

Cassandra at the gym, performing squats on the squat rack.

Balancing a busy schedule as both a teacher and a mom, Cassandra is no stranger to the challenges of putting aside time to invest in your health.  Now in her second year of participating in the Community Challenge, she shares her motivations for living healthier and the tools that help her stay on track. What first inspired you to join … Read More

Ideas to Create a Healthy Community

A group of active people running outside in their community.

The #CommunityChallenge is about building a healthy community, but doesn’t work without the involvement of the hardworking people! You don’t have to be the mayor to engage the people around you, you just need to be passionate about practicing a healthy lifestyle. Here are some of the small ways that you can spread the message of the IT’S TIME TEXAS … Read More

Stories That Inspire: Meet Norma

A selfie of a woman in a purple tank top after working out.

In the latest post from the It’s Time Texas blog, two-time Community Challenge participant Norma of Pasadena, TX, shares what motivated her to get involved in the Challenge, her biggest obstacle along the way, and the attitude that keeps her going strong. A year ago, Norma was looking for a little motivation to get back on track with eating healthy … Read More