McKINNEY (Jan. 14, 2014) — McKinney’s Live Healthy Texas challenge can help residents reach their goals of getting fit in the New Year. The 10-week team challenge kicks off Jan. 27 and runs through April 4. The online platform will allow participants to track their physical activity and weight loss. Participants will also have access to meal plans, healthy recipes, video workouts, and other wellness resources.
A $20 participant enrollment fee includes access to the online system, a year-long subscription to a national lifestyle magazine and T-shirt. Registration is open at livehealthytexas.org.
The sign-up process to participate is easy.
- Step 1: Form a team of 2-10 individuals and appoint a team captain.
- Step 2: Choose a team name and gather team members’ email addresses and T-shirt sizes.
- Step 3: Register using the Group ID LHTCITIZENS. The team captain registers the team at livehealthytexas.org using the group ID LHTCITIZENS. The entry fee is $20 for each participant.
Teams may register in the Minutes of Activity Division, the Weight Loss Division, or both. In either case, individuals track and record minutes of activity and weight loss which is used to calculate the team's percentage weight loss and total activity minutes. City of McKinney staff will keep track of members of the community who register with the code LHTCITIZENS. At the end of the program, data will show how many activity minutes and weight lost was entered from teams in McKinney. Winning teams will be recognized at a community event in April.
The Live Healthy Texas Challenge is part of the Mayor’s Health Partnership initiative. McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller together with the McKinney Independent School District (MISD), Cooper Fitness Center, and Baylor Medical Center at McKinney launched the program in 2012 with a mission to promote a healthy, active community.
“Through the program, every resident can set and reach goals for a healthier lifestyle, no matter their current fitness and nutrition level. Live Healthy Texas is a fun way to tackle a serious issue and demonstrates the importance of healthy choices by each of us, while bringing together the available community resources to help us make the right choices,” said Mayor Loughmiller.
Since 2012, McKinney residents logged more than 7,350 hours of activity and lost more than 600 pounds. City of McKinney employees have participated in this program since 2009. Last year, the City of McKinney’s involvement was recognized as a Live Healthy America Boom Award recipient in Worksite Wellness programming. Also, in 2010, city employees won an award as the Healthiest City in North Texas for the level of activity and weight lost through the program.
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population exceeding 149,000. Incorporated in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments. The city ranks No. 2 on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live list for 2012. Visit the city’s website at mckinneytexas.org.