It’s Time Texas launched its Choose Healthier mobile app on June 30. The free app encourages families to find healthy activities and nutritional information.
“It’s the easiest way to both promote and discover healthy activities and events for all ages, interests and experience levels in Central Texas,” said Baker Harrell, founder and CEO of It’s Time Texas.
The app connects users to real-time information from more than 70,000 exercise activities and healthy eating resources around the local community of 500 registered fitness, nutrition and wellness businesses.
“One-third of Austin kids are obese,” said Dr. Stephen Pont, medical director of the Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity and Austin ISD Student Health Services. “In some areas of town, two-thirds of the Austin ISD students are obese.” Pont added that one-third of the children born in 2000 are expected to be diagnosed with Type II diabetes within their lifetimes.
It’s Time Texas plans to grow the Choose Healthier app directory to include more than 1,000 local businesses and 100,000 activities within the year. The group also plans to expand the app beyond the Austin area into other major metropolitan areas of Texas.