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Austin wins statewide community health contest

Monday, April 17, 2017 by Nina Hernandez

Austin won his year’s It’s Time Texas Community Challenge, in which cities, schools and colleges in different population categories compete over a three-month period to become the healthiest. That’s measured in points earned through community events, fitness tracking, making health pledges, and sharing health and fitness photos on social media. Austin ranked first in the metro category with a total of 931 registered users. Organizations and businesses hosted 131 activities, and local schools hosted nearly 100 in that span. Austinites lost 716 pounds and recorded nearly 700,000 minutes of activity. “After many years of friendly competition with our good neighbors in San Antonio, the IT’S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge trophy has been restored to its rightful place in Austin which everyone surely recognizes as its true and proper home,” Mayor Steve Adler said in a statement. “The Community Challenge is proof that when we unite, Austin can accomplish anything.”

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