We've compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions to help your efforts of supporting your community in this year's Community Challenge. We encourage you to review these, however, if you still have questions, feel free to contact us. Good luck in this year's Challenge!

The IT'S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge, presented by H-E-B, is a free, statewide competition in which Texas communities compete to see which communities can demonstrate the greatest commitment to healthy living! The 2018 Community Challenge runs from January 8 - March 4, 2018 until 5pm.

Yes! Because you're awarded 500 points for registering for the Community Challenge, we delete all user accounts from the previous years, allowing you to once again earn points for your community just for signing up.

Additionally, and only if eligible, you have the option to opt-in to the School District and College Challenges during registration, which will ensure that all the points you earn for your community during this year's Challenge will also be awarded to the school district and college/university you'll choose during registration. 

The School District Challenge is a separate, side-competition for school staff and faculty, as well as parents of students, in grades K-12.  So, if you are a teacher, an employee of a school or district, or a parent of a student(s) in grades K-12, you're eligible to opt-in to participate. By opting in, you'll then earn points for the school district and your community each time you submit activities during this year's Community Challenge.

For example, Mrs. Jane Doe is a teacher at Austin ISD. During registration, she decides to opt-in to the School District Challenge, while also choosing to represent the city of Austin during this year's Community Challenge. During the first week of the Challenge, she decides to upload a Healthy Selfie, worth 200 points. Because she opted in to the District Challenge during registration, she'd earn 200 points for both Austin and Austin ISD. Had she not opted in, those 200 points would only have been awarded to Austin.

Remember, the School District Challenge is only available to school and school district staff and/or faculty and parents of students in grades K-12.

If you don't meet that criteria, you are not allowed to opt-in to represent a school district. 

The College Challenge is a separate, side-competition for current students, staff and faculty working and/or attending a college or university in the state of Texas. If you meet that criteria, you're allowed to opt-in to represent both your college and your community during this year's Community Challenge, which means the points you earn throughout the Community Challenge will be awarded to both the community and college you choose to represent during the 2018 Community Challenge.

Remember, the College Challenge is only available to students, staff, and faculty currently enrolled in and/or working at a college or university in the state of Texas.

If you don't meet that criteria, you are not allowed to opt-in to represent a college or university. 

No. In order to participate in either the School District or the College Challenge, you must also be participating in the Community Challenge, meaning you are required to represent a Texas community. If you are eligible for either of the two other challenges and you decide to opt-in to participate in either of those, all of the points you earn for your community will be automatically credited to either your school district and/or college.

If you are eligible for the District and/or College Challenge but forgot to opt-in during registration, you can edit your user account and opt-in retroactively. It's important to note that if you do forget to opt-in during registration but decide to do so at a later date, only those points you earn after you've opted-in will be awarded to your district and college. Points earned before you opted-in can not be retroactively awarded.

No. First and foremost, the Community Challenge is about representing your community and helping to show its worthy of the title, and regardless of whether or not you opt-in to one of the two available side-challenges, any points you earn during the Community Challenge will be awarded to your community. For those that are eligible and do opt-in, the points you earn for your community during the Community Challenge will be also credited to your school district or college/university.

There are a number of different ways to earn points for your community! To start, you must be a registered user, which will award your community 500 points! Once registered you can click Log Activity link to submit different activities to help your community compete for the crown!

We want all sectors of your community to come together to celebrate healthy living. As such, we've broken out the different ways communities can earn points into five main sectors: Individuals; School Representatives; Business and Organization Representatives; Faith-based Organizations; and Local City Officials.

Community Members (Everyone!)​

  • Submit your fitness activities twice a day with our Activity Tracker or connect your Map My Fitness/Fit Ranking Activity Tracker and get credit for up to two logged workouts per day (50 points per bout of activity/workout)
  • Track Your Weight with the Weekly Weight Tracker (100 points once per week)
  • Watch the Living Healthier Video Lesson (200 points)
  • Upload a Healthy Selfie: Exercise & Fitness Photo 2x/day (200 points per upload)
  • Upload a Healthy Selfie: Eating Healthy Photo 5x/day (200 Points per upload)
  • Host a Community Event (250 points per event)

* Specific rules for each activity type can be seen when trying to upload each activity

School & School District Representatives

  • Healthy Activity: School Staff only (200 Points)
  • Teach Healthierâ„¢ Activity (500 Points)
  • Teach Healthierâ„¢ MyPlate Lesson (20 Points per student)
  • School & School District-specific Pledges
    • Superintendent (2,000 points)
    • District School Board (2,000 Points)
    • District Health & Wellness Coordinator (1,000 Points)
    • District School Health Advisory Council Group (SHAC) Leader (500 points)
    • Principal (500 points)
    • Teacher (200 points)
    • Parent Teach Association Member(PTA) (250 points)

* Specific rules for each activity type can be seen when trying to upload each activity

Business, Nonprofit, and Community Organization Reps

  • Work Healthier Pledge or Nonprofit & Community Organization Leader Pledge (250 points)
  • Work Healthier Assessment (200 points)
  • Healthy Workplace Event(200 points)

* Specific rules for each activity type can be seen when trying to upload each activity

Faith-based Organization Reps

  • Faith-based Leadership Pledge (250 points)
  • Healthy Group Activity (200 points)

* Specific rules for each activity type can be seen when trying to upload each activity

Mayors & City Officials

  • Mayor's Pledge (10,000 points)
  • Mayor's Challenge Video (15,000 points)
  • City Council Pledge (2,500 points)
  • IT'S TIME TEXAS Sanctioned & Approved Community Challenge Event (5,000 points)
  • Establish or Strengthen a Mayor's Health & Fitness Council or Community Health Collaborative (20,000 points)

* Specific rules for each activity type can be seen when trying to upload each activity

You can learn more about each of these activities by clicking on any you'd like to upload. At the top of each of those forms, there's a detailed list of rules and requirements, including what's required and what's not allowed. If you still have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

This year, we would love to reward the hard work and commitment that goes into participating in the Challenge. Individuals will be entered into drawings to win prizes when they reach various point levels throughout the competition. These levels include 5,000 points, 12,000 points, and 20,000 points.

Prizes, such as the ones listed below, will be awarded to people chosen at random from a pool of participants who reached the different point levels. Drawings will take place weekly.

Watch your healthy actions lead you towards personal well-being and contribute to a healthier community! The more activities and selfies you log, the more chances you have to win.

So, be sure to submit your healthy actions on the website throughout the 8 weeks to be entered to win some of these great prizes. You can check out the prizes available by clicking here.

IT'S TIME TEXAS staff and team members review content uploaded to the website everyday to ensure that each upload adheres to the rules and regulations of the Community Challenge activities. At times, there are hundreds of activities uploaded to the website everyday. During these more active periods, we're not always able to review it all in real time, but it will happen. Should we find uploads that do not meet the rules and regulations, we will delete it from the website, which will also remove any points previously awarded. Because of this, we encourage you to take extra time to make sure what you're uploading follows our guidelines. The specific rules for each activity type can be found on your community profile page.

In some cases, we do notify users of content removal, however, to keep up with the volume of activities uploaded by Challenge participants, this is not always an option. Content that is clearly outside of the rules and guidelines, or duplicated posts, will often be deleted without notice. Additionally, users who repeatedly upload incorrect and/or duplicated content and activities can be suspended or removed.

Yes, however, any points you've earned for a community, district (if applicable), and/or college (if applicable) beforehand are not transferrable. You can edit your account information via your user profile page when logged in.

The winning community in each size category will receive an $1,800 community grant to put toward future health-related efforts, along with a trophy, school district banner, Governor's certificate, web banner and badge, and 10 free registrations to our 2018 Summit event! Runner-ups, Recognized Communities, Higher Ed and School District winners will also receive plaques and other recognition.

By the end of the competition, there will be tens of thousands of activities submitted to the Challenge website. In order to ensure that all of the content is valid and within our guidelines, we'll take a few days to review the site's content before announcing the winners. Winners will be announced on the IT'S TIME TEXAS Facebook page.

Did you know there are more than 3,000 cities and towns in Texas? With so many communities in our great state, we've created 5 size categorizes, which are based on community population, to try and pit similarly sized communities against one another. The population breakdown is as follows:

  • Metro - 300,000+
  • Large - 100,001 - 300,000
  • Mid-sized 40,001 - 100,000
  • Small - 5,001 - 40,000
  • Extra Small - 1 - 5,000

If your community has a mayor, then it is in our system. To activate your community's profile page, you simply need to register, which you can do here!

Fear not! Contact us to let us know if you don't see your community listed. We'll happily get your community in the system. Please note that in order for a community to participate, it must have a mayor in term.

This year, points will only be awarded to the community you choose to represent during registration. 

Yes! Though we hope you'll have your principal's support, there are plenty of other school-related activities for you to take part in.

Yes! We've pre-loaded a list of Texas schools and school districts, which was provided to us by National Center of Education Statistics. The list of districts is accessible to users who opt-in to the School District Challenge during registration.

If you don't see your school district on the list, please contact us to let us know. 

The School District Leaderboard is a snapshot of the current rankings for the School District Challenge. Points associated with each district are the result of users who've opted in to represent their school district during this year's Community Challenge.

If you have any questions about the leaderboard, please email Sara Jefferson at [email protected].

City officials are given the funds to distribute to a school or organization of their choosing, though they're encouraged to support a school or organization that participated in the Community Challenge!

New to the 2018 Community Challenge, users can take advantage of FitRankings integration in order to sync select fitness apps and wearable devices with their Community Challenge account, which, when connected, will automatically award points to your community when you've logged a workout with the app or device you connect.

FitRankings supports the following apps and wearable devices:

  • Strava
  • MapMyFitness
  • Fitbit
  • Runkeeper
  • Misfit
  • GoogleFit
  • Jawbone
  • Polar
  • Garmin
  • Moves

 

Don't worry! We've created a fitness tracker of our own that you can use anytime you'd like to log a workout or bout of exercise. It's easy to use and doing so will ensure you can earn points for your community by getting active.

To access it, login and click the "Fitness Tracker" link, which can be found by hovering your cursor over the "Log Activity" link. 

The Community Challenge is made possible by the generosity and support of H-E-B, along with our other Founding Allies, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, and SNAP-Ed. The Challenge is a program created and managed entirely by IT'S TIME TEXAS, an Austin-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to making healthy easier where Texans live, learn, work, and worship. All inquiries submitted through the contact form on the Community Challenge website will reach IT'S TIME TEXAS staff, who will assist you. Our staff looks forward to helping with questions regarding the competition and website. H-E-B-specific inquiries should be submitted directly to them via the H-E-B website at www.heb.com.

Please don't' hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need additional support. The IT'S TIME TEXAS offices are open from 9-5, Monday - Friday, and we'll do our best to get back to you within 24 hours. Inquiries submitted over the weekend will be responded to by 5:00pm the following Monday.