Three Rio Grande Valley communities rank at the top of Texas cities of their size in a statewide competition that focuses on healthy actions like doing a workout, eating notorious food and drinking ample amounts of water.
McAllen, Harlingen and Los Fresnos each finished first among all cities of their population ranges in the 2020 It’s Time Texas Community Challenge. The competition recorded an eight week-period of time this year – from Jan. 6 through March 1. Residents signed up on behalf of their cities or school districts. They then earned points for their community with every healthy action they submitted.
McAllen ranked first among large Texas cities of 100,001-to-300,000 population with 6.5 million healthy actions posted by its residents. Pasadena with 2.6 million actions was a distant second. Among mid-size Texas cities of 40,001-to-100,000 residents, Harlingen finished at the top with 6.1 million healthy actions. Pharr finished third among mid-size communities with 2.1 million.
Los Fresnos also just edged Lancaster among cities of 5,001-to-40,000 residents with 5.3 million healthy actions. Two other Valley cities – San Juan and La Feria – finished third and fourth respectively among small communities in Texas in the statewide competition.
Many Valley cities can now boast of hike-and-bike trails running through their communities. The usage of these networks of exercise may have contributed to local communities doing so well in the state rankings. Time Texas gauges which communities are making strides to improve their level of healthy living.
The high rankings in It’s Time Texas by the Valley cities also points to local commitments made by city governments and school districts to encourage residents to log in and register for the Texas challenge – and then post their healthy activities. H-E-B, which has a strong presence in communities across the Valley, actively supports and sponsors the challenge.