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The City of Coppell placed first in the mid-sized cities category of the 2017 It's Time Texas Community Challenge. The competition ran from January 9 to March 31 and encouraged communities and school districts across Texas to engage in and track healthy activities to earn points. This is the third year Coppell has taken the top spot in one of the competition's size-based categories.
"Living Well in Coppell would like to thank everyone in the community who participated in this year's Community Challenge," said Living Well in Coppell Co-Chair, Ed Guigon. "This year Coppell had more than twice the number of participants in the Challenge than we did in 2016. Your consistent commitment to wellness is the reason Coppell won its category for the third year in a row. I'd like to give a special thank you to the Coppell Senior and Community Center for their contribution to the Challenge."
This is the first year the City of Coppell has participated in the Challenge as an organization with the Mayor and entire City Council. Mayor Karen Hunt and each Council Member signed the Mayor and City Council Pledges to earn points for the City. The City's internal Wellness Committee also organized several health and wellness events for staff including Take a Break Walks at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm every Thursday as well as fitness classes.
"The City has encouraged healthy living and offered wellness programs to our employees for many years, and the Community Challenge activities brought our organization together to not only better ourselves, but also to give back to Coppell schools," said City Manager Mike Land. "I am so proud of our staff for stepping up and taking health and wellness to the next level!"
Each category winner is expected to receive $1,800, a trophy, a banner and a certificate to be presented at the It's Time Texas headquarters in Austin next month. Last year, Coppell's monetary prize funded school gardens and stress reduction education in the Coppell Independent School District. This year, the funds will once again go toward health and wellness programs in Coppell ISD.
More than 23,500 Texans in 330 communities participated in the Community Challenge this year in five, sized-based categories at both the city and school district level. Participants demonstrated healthy habits by taking and posting "healthy selfies" while exercising or eating healthy meals, tracking their fitness and weight, and organizing healthy group activities. Coppell ISD also took the top spot in the small school districts category.
For more information about the It's Time Texas Community Challenge, visit ittcommunitychallenge.com.