City, school district team up to encourage city to stay fit

HARLINGEN — Mayor Chris Boswell and schools Superintendent Art Cavazos want the community to lace up their sneakers to get fit.

The city has taken on the “IT’S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge,” presented by H-E-B.

“It’s really exciting that our city and our school district are coming together in an effort to be healthier,” said Sandra Flinn, chairwoman of Mayor’s Health Council.

“It promotes our city and makes it an even better place to live.”

Yesterday, Cavazos fired off a Tweet showing a video of him and the mayor calling the community to action to take part in the challenge and live a healthy lifestyle.

It’s a free, statewide competition in which Texas communities compete to see which can demonstrate the greatest commitment to healthy living.

“We have more than 107,000 points, which is nearly double what Brownsville has,” Flinn said. “Harlingen is a mid-sized community and Brownsville is a large community and we have almost doubled the points Brownsville has.”

The challenge began in January and ends March 31.

Harlingen has stacked up points in the top five among the mid-size towns in Texas and is looking to move up in the rankings by the time the challenge caps off at the end of the month.

“We’re excited that people that hear about this are getting on board,” Flinn said. “If we all get on board and keep logging our activity, we can jump up on the leader board and be in fourth.”

Boswell was challenged by Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez earlier this month and the challenge was answered with a bang.

Residents have been stacking up points for Harlingen doing healthy activities and posting on the community page with healthy selfies.

Residents and businesses can help the city rack up more points by uploading a workout selfie to the It’s Time Texas website after registering for the challenge.

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