“Show Me City” residents: Join Mayor-O and more than 800 of your family members, neighbors and friends in a health challenge focused on community fitness and fun.
Mayor Allen Owen (Mayor-O) recently kicked off the City’s participation in the second annual IT’S TIME TEXAS Healthy at H-E-B Challenge, “showing” citizens, businesses, schools and organizations some examples of how to get involved. See him in action—jogging, cycling, playing basketball, baseball and tennis and lifting weights below. Then, visit HEB Community Challenge to showcase your fever for fitness.
The Challenge, a statewide initiative spearheaded by ACTIVE Life, an Austin-based non-profit, started Sept. 1 and continues through Oct. 31. “We are excited about our City once again being collectively committed to living a healthy lifestyle through proper diet and exercise,” Mayor Owen exclaimed. Here at home, he is leading the charge for citizens and employees to take a more proactive approach in living active lifestyles; watch this video of him showing citizens how they can get involved.
As Mayor-O noted in the video, the program works on a point system and participants can visit the Challenge website to share their activities, thereby building our community’s overall score. This year, communities are divided into five categories based on population: extra small (1-5,000), small (5,001-40,000), mid-sized (40,001-100,000), large (100,001-300,000) and metro (300,000 and above).
Four main audience types can help generate points for cities: (1) Mayors, (2) Schools, (3) Individuals, and (4) Organizations, i.e., businesses, agencies, community and faith-based organizations. The more events these groups participate in or host, the more points the City gains. All activities will be tracked on the Challenge website and winners will be announced on Nov. 1. They will receive special recognition from government officials, media coverage, a trophy and a street banner.
On the business front, in support of the City’s campaign, Trustmark Bank, 4800 Hwy. 6, will host a “Family First!” community event on Friday, Sept. 20 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. featuring a food drive, and healthy snacks and drinks. Individuals who donate canned foods and non-perishable items will be eligible to win a gift basket that will include a “Frugal $100 Savings Account”, a free “One Month Family Membership” to the Missouri City Recreation & Tennis Center and a free “Golf Foursome Certificate” for use at the City’s Quail Valley Golf Course.
Additionally, citizens who make contributions will also be eligible to win a fresh fruit basket courtesy of H-E-B. Missouri City police officers and firefighters will be on-hand to provide residents with public safety information including children identifications and fire prevention tips and Trustmark’s banking experts will educate families on how to secure their financial future.
Last year, the Challenge received support from more than 30 Texas mayors including Mayor-O and his counterparts from Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Lakeway, McKinney, Pflugerville, Round Rock, San Marcos and San Antonio.
In the category of cities with populations of 100,000 or less, Missouri City finished second. The City of Pflugerville took the top spot; and Sugar Land finished third. Winners in other categories included: Large Communities – First: San Antonio, Second: Austin, Third: Houston; Mid-Size Communities – First: Brownsville, Second: Round Rock, Third: McKinney.