IT’S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge begins Jan. 7

Post Date:12/28/2018 7:39 AM

Looking for a healthier start in 2019? The New Year often comes with goals centered on health. Have fun reaching your goals with the IT’S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge.

The Community Challenge allows individuals, schools and community leaders to earn points for their cities and towns by participating in healthy activities Jan. 7-March 3.

“So many of us have goals that center on health at the start of a New Year. This challenge is the perfect way to kick off your healthy lifestyle, and have fun with family and friends, as you challenge one another,” said Galveston County Health District (GCHD) CEO Kathy Barroso.

Getting started is simple. Visit www.ittcommunitychallenge.com to register. You’ll be prompted to choose a community for which you’ll earn points by taking healthy selfies, tracking what you eat, hosting community events and more. You can do this as an individual or representative of a school, business, municipality or organization. Communities across the state compete for the most points. Winners earn grant money and bragging rights.

“The bragging rights are a huge part of this challenge. Who doesn’t want to say their community is the best?” Barroso asked. “Texas City has dominated Galveston County for the past two years, finishing third in the mid-size in 2017 and 2018.”

Register and earn 500 points. Register before Jan. 7 and earn 200 bonus points. Watch the Living Healthier video and add another 200. A complete breakdown of points available for each activity is available at www.ittcommunitychallenge.com.

Community leaders play a large role in the Community Challenge. City and school district officials can sign pledges, earning their respective community points. City’s earn 2,500 for a signed city council pledge, 10,000 for a signed mayor’s pledge and 5,000 if they host a Community Challenge sanctioned event. School districts can get in on the action with campus and district pledges, worth up to 2,000 points, and 200 points for an organized health staff activity.

Businesses can also take part, earning points for organizing a healthy workplace event, completing the work healthier assessment and signing a work healthier/ nonprofit leader pledge.

“Whether you are participating as an individual or representative of a city, school or business, Galveston County Health District is here to help,” Barroso said. “We’ll provide weekly totals by community so we can see how each city in the county is stacking up to its neighbors and offer some ideas for friendly competition.”

Check out www.gchd.org/challenge for more information on how to participate. Also, be sure to follow GCHD on Facebook at Facebook.com/GCHDinfo and Twitter at Twitter.com/GCHDinfo for weekly totals and motivation.

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