‘It’s time’ to get fit: School, city show well in competition

HARLINGEN — Harlingen is getting fit … and it’s showing.

The city and school district are a pair of big winners in the statewide It’s Time Texas Community Challenge.

The Harlingen school district won first-place among districts with enrollments of 10,000 to 39,999 students.

And the city of Harlingen took fifth-place among the state’s mid-sized cities.

To rack up contest points, city and district officials joined Harlingen residents in posting their fitness activities along with healthy selfies on the contest’s website.

The contest, which ran from Jan. 1 to March 31, was organized by It’s Time Texas, a nonprofit organization promoting healthier lifestyles to help curb diseases such diabetes.

The school district took part in 31 activities to help win its top recognition, spokeswoman Brianna Vela said.

Fitness pledges from Superintendent Arturo Cavazos and aquatics coordinator Sandra Flinn helped the district stack up big points.

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