Members of the Richardson City Council took the It’s Time Texas Pledge this week to officially kick off the City’s participation in the 2023 It’s Time Texas Community Challenge, which takes place Jan. 9-March 5. Richardson will again be joining more than 20,000 Texans across 300 communities for the annual challenge, a free, eight-week health competition co-sponsored by nonprofit It’s Time Texas and the US Department of Agriculture. The Challenge serves as a fun way for communities to prioritize healthy living.  

Participants use a free smartphone app to earn points and prizes by reporting daily healthy habits such as drinking water, going for a walk and eating a healthy snack; points are also earned for “checking in” at designated “healthy destinations” such as Richardson parks. Participants who sign up on behalf of their city and/or school district also earn points for those entities with every action they submit.  

The City is planning to host several activities during the Challenge at which participants can earn points, including a walk/run event, free group fitness classes and weekly fitness challenges.