McAllen ISD tops all Texas school districts in health challenge!

When it comes to fitness and health, McAllen ISD is on top!

The district tallied the most points of any school district in Texas in the It’s Time Texas Community Challenge. Officially finishing first in the School District (Medium) category, McAllen ISD had more points than the winners in the other school district divisions.

McAllen ISD earned more than 4.2 million points and had more than 3,000 participants. 

In addition, the City of McAllen took first in its category (Large Community) for the fourth straight year and topped the entire state in all community categories for the third consecutive year.

The It’s Time Texas Community Challenge is a statewide effort to improve health and wellness by pitting communities and school districts against each other in a friendly competition. Points are earned through exercise and healthy eating. The ultimate goal is to instill healthy living habits in state citizens.

The top five point producing schools in McAllen ISD included:

  • Sanchez Elementary
  • McAllen High
  • Fossum Middle School
  • Castaneda Elementary
  • Achieve Early College High

McAllen ISD Superintendent, Dr. J.A. Gonzalez, joined forces with McAllen Mayor Jim Darling to promote participation. Signees to the campaign could accumulate points simultaneously for their school, school district and city. 

“In McAllen ISD, we not only address the academic side of a child but the physical and emotional side as well,” McAllen ISD Superintendent, Dr. J.A. Gonzalez, said. “I’m glad everyone, parents, teachers and staff, came together to participate in this worthwhile campaign.”

“This was a unique opportunity for McAllen residents to get healthy,” McAllen Mayor Jim Darling said in a city press release. “It was a win all the way around. We increased healthy activity and we have bragging rights – again – for being one of the healthiest large cities in Texas. I am so proud of our community for stepping up and showing their commitment to a healthier future.”

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