It’s time for new year’s resolutions, life goals and big changes. It’s time to get healthy. But even the most dramatic changes starts with the smallest steps.
This year, the City of Mansfield is partnering with H-E-B’s IT’S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge an eight-week program to promote healthy choices and actions and designed to help form new habits in the new year. The fun begins with a kickoff celebration on Saturday, Jan. 12, right before the 2019 Snowman Run. Combined, it’s a great start to what could be Mansfield’s healthiest year yet.
The IT’S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge runs from Jan. 7 to March 3. Residents, schools, businesses and organizations can log onto ITTcommunitychallenge.com and register to participate. Once registered, you simply log your healthy choices such as uploading photos of your healthy meals, linking a fitness tracker or logging workouts. The more healthy choices entered, the more points each individual earns, making them eligible for weekly prizes from H-E-B.
For their part, Mansfield city leaders and residents will demonstrate their commitment to healthy living by also participating in the program and earning points. All points logged by Mansfield participants will add up to our total community score, with the winning city receiving a grant for a future healthy-living initiative.
The entire program launches at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Katherine Rose Memorial Park. At that free kickoff celebration, residents can register for the program, get information about local fitness programs and participate in free workouts led by trainers and Mayor David Cook.
The event will also serve as a warm up to the Snowman Run 5k, a great opportunity to log the first healthy points of the challenge and start the year off on the right foot. The timed 5k is open to all skill levels, with prizes for winners in each age division from youth to adult, but also many walking participants just out to enjoy the fresh winter air. It’s a family-friendly event that ends with s’mores and hot cocoa, sure to entice even the most reluctant runners out of their winter cocoon.
Registration for the 2019 Snowman Run & Winter Walk is open now and available online. Registration is just $15 until Jan. 6, which includes the timed race and an event t-shirt.