Look out, San Antonio. Austin’s taking you down.
That from Austin Mayor Steve Adler, who’s been talking some fitness smack as the fourth annual It’s Time Texas Community Challenge gets under way.
Cities and communities across the state are competing in the three-month event, presented by HEB. The contest is divided into five population categories – metro, large, mid-sized, small and extra small. Winning communities get $1,200 in grant money to fund a healthy project at a school, a trophy and bragging rights as the healthiest community of its size in Texas.
And we need the encouragement. Texas currently ranks as the 11th fattest state in the country.
Participants earn points in the contest by registering, taking healthy pledges, tracking physical activities, uploading photos and tracking weight. People can join teams through schools, churches, businesses or sign up as individuals.
San Antonio has won the metro division the past two years. In the video above, Adler tells San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor that streak is about to end. Taylor, for the record, doesn’t think so. Neither do the mayors of Corpus Christi or Fort Worth, who also make an appearance.