Thursday, January 12, 2017

It’s Time Texas Challenge

Take the pledge! Make a Staff Shout Out! Post a Healthy Selfie!

Those are just a few of the healthy living activities connected with this year’s It’s Time Texas Community Challenge, supported by H-E-B and already under way through the Spring Branch ISD Health Fitness department.

There’s a reason why SBISD employees will want to join a new year’s commitment to living healthier, beyond the obvious personal rewards. The winning community in each separate competition level, or category size, can win a $1,800 grant to use for future health efforts.

That’s in addition to the trophy, school district banner, Texas Governor’s certificate, web banner and badge, and free registrations to a 2017 Summit celebration that the winning community receives. Let’s be the healthiest school district ever!

The 2017 Community Challenge began Jan. 9 and it remains open through March 31. There is plenty of time yet to get fit, shed pounds and get started on a new you – and a new SBISD!

SBISD Advanced Movers Coordinator Samuel Karns reports that the district this year picked the name “Piney Point Village” for registration and competition use. “We do have six villages, and so last year we decided to go with one village when registering so that Spring Branch ISD was not competing against itself,” he said. SBISD earns 1,000 points for each participant that registers.

There are a number of ways to earn points once you register. “There are different entities for participation, and these include individuals, schools, mayors and city council, businesses and other organizations, and faith based organizations,” Karns said.

SBISD campuses and employees can earn Challenge points for the following:

·        School Staff Shout Out (100 points per Shout Out)
·        Organize a Healthy Staff Activity (200 points Activity)
·        Implement a Teach Healthier™ Activity (500 points per Activity)
·        Take the Pledge – Superintendent (2,000 points); District Health & Wellness Coordinator (1,000 points); District School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) member (500 points); Principal Pledge (500 points); Parent Teach Association Member (250 points); Teacher (200 points)

To sign up and register:

Watch the video for the 2017 It's Time Texas Community Challenge:

Frequently Asked Questions:

In separate but related SBISD Health-Fitness news, results are in for the 2016-2017 SBISD Fitness Challenge, which was conducted during the fall semester.

Announced winners include:

Team Crunchers – 1st Place, 77,906 points
SBISD Administration staff members Tera Harris, Daysi Valencia, Diane Ache and Cristie Stewart

Team IT – 2nd Place, 39,984 points
Allen Guzman, Sylvia Quintanilla, Christian Castellon and Carmen Aguilera

Retired Cheer Coaches – 3rd Place, 39,617 points
Jennifer Kauffman, Jacqueline Marshall

Special awards will be presented to winning teams soon. “We hope all participants saw an increase in productivity and stress relief from participating in the fitness challenge,” Karns noted. 

To view all fall challenge fitness standings, please visit:

Karns also said, “We do hope that all of you will continue your lifestyle change for living a healthier life by competing in the statewide fitness challenge, the It’s Time Texas Community Challenge, and help Spring Branch ISD becoming the healthiest community in the state.”

For questions, email Samuel Karns at


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