What is the Community Challenge?
The IT'S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge is a statewide free, fun healthy living competition that helps you create healthy habits. Earn points for your city or town simply by making healthier choices. The winning communities will receive funds to put toward future community health efforts.
How Does the Challenge Work?
Individuals, families, schools, businesses, organizations, mayors and community leaders can earn points for their city or town.
To get started, go to www.ittcommunitychallenge.com to register and select your community. This quick step will earn you an easy 500 points to kick off the challenge. From there, complete and log healthy activities to earn points through March 4, 2018.
You as an individual earn points by tracking physical activity and weight, watching a video about healthy living, hosting community events and taking healthy selfies. The selfies, worth 200 points each, simply show you participating in healthy activities or eating healthy! Click here to see all the ways individuals can earn points.
Mayors and City Officials
Your community leaders also play a huge role in the effort. The mayor’s pledge to participate is worth 10,000 points while the city council version earns 2,500 points. There are several more ways for city representatives to earn points, including creating a mayor’s challenge video, hosting community events and establishing a health collaborative. Click here to see all the ways mayors and city officials can earn points.
School Staff and Faculty
School representatives can earn points for their city AND school district! Thousands of points are available for school boards, principals and teachers who sign pledges to participate. Healthy lesson plans and staff activities also earn points. Click here to see all the ways school staff and faculty can earn points.
College Students, Staff and Faculty
Tracking weight and physical activity, hosting events and taking healthy selfies are some of the collegiate ways to earn points. Click here to see all the ways college students, staff and faculty can earn points.
Signing a pledge and organizing healthy workplace events are ways for employers to earn points in the Challenge. Click here to see all the ways employees can earn points.
When is the Challenge?
The 2018 IT'S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge kicks off January 8, 2018 and ends March 4, 2018.
How Did Galveston County Cities Do in the 2017 Challenge?
Texas City dominated other Galveston County cities in the 2017 challenge and finished third in the state in the mid-size category. With nearly 1.2 million points, the city was leaps and bounds ahead of its nearest county competitor, Galveston, which had just over 40,000 points.
2017 Galveston County City Points
- Texas City: 1,198,550
- Galveston: 40,400
- Dickinson: 38,500
- La Marque: 14,100
- Santa Fe: 13,850
- League City: 8,650
- Bayou Vista: 4,150
- Kemah: 3,450
- Hitchcock: 2,000
- Friendswood: 1,000
- Tiki Island: 1,000
- Clear Lake Shores: 0
During the challenge, make the GCHD Facebook page a regular stop for weekly point updates by community and school.
We're Here to Help!
Whether you’re participating as an individual or represent a city, school, organization or faith-based group, we are here to help! Contact GCHD Director of Communications Scott Packard at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Get started at www.ittcommunitychallenge.com. It’s time, Galveston County!