Missouri City formed a winning partnership in the Healthy Challenge”

Missouri City’s Recreation and Tennis Center recently partnered with citizens, staff, businesses and dozens of community partners to generate a fever for fitness.

All parties collaborated to compete in the Healthy at H-E-B Community Challenge, a statewide initiative aimed at getting Texans to take a more proactive approach to building active lifestyles.  At the conclusion of the two-month long contest, Missouri City placed second in the state among communities of a similar size.

“Our second place finish shows how important health and fitness is to our citizens and also how our new Missouri City Recreation and Tennis Center provides valuable opportunities for exercise and improved health,” said Larry Foos, Director of Parks & Recreation. “I am really proud of the citizens of Missouri City and their commitment to a healthy lifestyle.”

The Healthy at H-E-B Community Challenge started on Sept. 1 and ended Oct. 31. The program worked on a point system and winners were chosen based on the amount of participation from supporters.

Pflugerville took the top spot by a couple thousand points, winning in the category of cities with populations of 100,000 or less; Missouri City finished second; and Sugar Land finished third.

One essential lesson from the Challenge is that fitness has no face; it has no age and, more importantly, it has no limit.

Administrators at the Fort Bend Family YMCA on Cartwright Road already knew this, but participating in the Challenge solidified this theory for them. “We had people that were 20 participating, and people that were 80 participating,” said Sharon Hilburn, Senior Director, Healthy Living & Community Liaison for the YMCA. “It was awesome!”

For more information about the Challenge, visit www.missouricitytx.gov and watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse).

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