Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 2, 2013
Think Austin exercises more than El Paso? Sweats more than San Antonio? Hustles more than Houston?
A free statewide health competition that kicked off Sunday aims to pick the Texas city that shows the strongest commitment to healthy living.
The Healthy at H.E.B. Community Challenge pits cities of similar sizes against one another from Sept. 1-Oct. 31.
The contest works on a point system. Four main audience types - mayors, schools, individuals and businesses/agencies/community/and faith-based organizations - can earn points for their city by participating in or hosting fitness activities. Points are tracked online at www.hebcommunitychallenge.com.
Winning cities in each of five size categories will receive a $1,000 grant to support a health project in a school, a trophy and a street banner and an invitation to a private event in San Antonio.
Last year, more than 25,000 Texans in more than 340 communities competed in the challenge. More than 30 Texas mayors, including those from Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Lakeway, Missouri City, McKinney, Pflugerville, Round Rock, San Marcos and San Antonio, participated.
The contest is presented by H.E.B and It’s Time Texas, the leading cause of Austin-based non-profit organization Active Life.
For more information go to www.hebcommunitychallenge.com.