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It's Time Texas (ITT) Community Challenge Ends March 31

Garland has once again joined the It’s Time Texas Community Challenge, and the community is encouraged to help! The challenge is presented by H-E-B to unite and mobilize community members, schools, businesses and organizations to see which communities can demonstrate the greatest commitment to healthy living. Communities can earn points by participating in a variety of activities such as posting “healthy selfies,” taking healthy pledges and tracking physical activity. The community with the most points earned by March 31 will win the Healthiest City prize for their population size category. Garland won the large city category in 2016, so let's keep the momentum going!

Garland residents are encouraged to register at ITTCommunityChallenge.com. Every registration earns Garland 50 points!

Additional points are earned each time you:

  • Log your exercise. You can log up to two exercises a day for 10 points each.
  • Log your weight loss. You can log weight loss once per week, earning 50 points.
  • Take a healthy selfie and upload it. Every healthy selfie earns us 200 points!


  1. You have to be pictured in your selfie.
  2. You can upload as many selfies per day as you'd like, but only one selfie per healthy activity.
  3. Healthy selfies can include:
  • Eating a healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack;
  • Choosing water instead of other beverages; and
  • Any type of exercise.
  1. When registering, be sure to select “Garland” as your community. 
  2. You may backdate any of your healthy activities from Jan. 1, 2017. 

Together, our community can meet this challenge head on! Contact the City of Garland Benefits Department at 972-205-3838 or Benefits@GarlandTX.gov with any questions.

Pictured: City of Garland employees pause during Pilates class to take a "healthy selfie" for the It's Time Texas Community Challenge.