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Monday, February 19, 2018

City of McAllen Wants Residents to Know It’s Time to Get Healthy

Courtesy  Xochitl Mora,

Texas-sized competition to promote healthy living

 McAllen , Texas- Mayor Jim Darling and the McAllen City Commission recently voted to have the city compete in the It’s Time Texas Community Challenge, a statewide competition where residents earn points for their community by simply making healthier choices.  It’s free, fun and holds people accountable for their New Year’s Resolutions!  Simply register for the Community Challenge – make sure to select McAllen – and encourage family, friends and co-workers to compete, as well.

“This is an amazing opportunity for McAllen residents to get healthy, and possibly win some grant money to increase community healthy activity opportunities and have bragging rights over same-sized cities in Texas,” said Mayor Darling.  “I encourage everyone to sign up and to do all of the very simple and healthy activities identified in the It’s Time Challenge to help McAllen earn points.”

In order for the City of McAllen to earn points, residents must sign up for the competition atwww.ittcommunitychallenge.com. That alone earns the city 500 points.  Other actions residents can take to help McAllen get more points is:

100 points      Track weight weekly using Weight Tracker on the Challenge website

200 points      Watch the Living Healthier video lesson and answer a few questions

50 points        Track physical activity up to two times per day using the Activity Tracking on

the Challenge website, or, sync with Fit Ranking

200 points      Take and post a Healthy Selfie whenever eating healthy or doing exercise


City organizers encourage local gyms, exercise groups, cyclists and runners to get their members to sign up and participate in the activities to help McAllen get and be healthy. 

The competition pits cities of similar size against each other.  McAllen is competing in the Large City category and is competing against Garland, Pasadena, Lewisville, Plano and Brownsville, to name a few.

For more information on the It’s Time Challenge and how to participate for the City of McAllen, call 681-3111 and follow them on their various social media sites for daily reminders.  It’s Time McAllen!

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