Lewisville joins It’s Time Texas health initiative

Participants in That Dam Half Marathon in 2014. (Photo by Steve Southwell.)

This weekend, Lewisville Texans will fight to become ninja warriors, all while helping to make the city the healthiest in Texas.

The city is hosting Lewisville Ninja Warrior: Family Edition 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 13 in the Frederick P. Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle in Lewisville. The competition serves as a kick-off event for the city’s involvement in It’s Time Texas, a statewide non-profit that holds an annual competition between Texas communities. Every resident who signs up can gain points with proof of healthy choices, and whichever city has the most points by March 4 is the winner.

Senior center supervisor Erika Tang said the prize isn’t much — just an $1,800 grant — but we will get the bragging rights to stick it in Carrollton’s face.

Tang is heading up Lewisville’s involvement in the program. She said the program helped serve

Lewisville’s own commitment to keeping its residents healthy. The Jan. 8 start date is close to the New Year and synergizes with the common resolution to lose weight, and Tang said the three month duration is designed to form a lifetime habit.

Tang said developing good daily habits is the key to making lasting health decisions.

“Health and wellness is a big part of what we do, making people realize that health isn’t that hard, that it’s simple, small things that you can do every day that creates a more healthy community,” she said. “Parking at the back of the parking lot instead of waiting for that front row, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator, just small decisions that you make every day make a bigger impact than you realize toward your health.”

The Ninja Warrior event is one of a couple that Tang has put together to promote involvement in the community challenge. It will feature an obstacle course, including a quad step and a warped wall, as well as more conventional obstacles for less adventurous residents. It will also host stations for residents to sign up for It’s Time Texas.

Additionally, Tang is heading up Couch Potato to 5K, a separate three-month commitment starting Jan. 27 to help inactive residents get ready for the Denton County Dash in April.  

There are five main ways to earn points for It’s Time Texas. The first is simply to register, and then to watch the brief videos about staying healthy. From there, logging healthy activities — which can be as simple as taking the stairs or walking the dog — taking “healthy selfies” with water or healthy snacks and recording pounds lost will earn points for Lewisville.

Additionally, businesses, schools and churches can register as entities.

As far as how to actually go about losing weight, Tang and parks and recreation director Stacie Anaya pointed to the services already available to Lewisville Texans — the city maintains an extensive park system and two recreation centers. The centers have weight lifting and cardio equipment and host several different classes, ranging from kettlebell to Zumba.

Anaya also said she was excited for the multigenerational center, construction on which is expected to begin later this year.

To register for It’s Time Texas, visit their website. Lewisville has two recreation centers — the Frederick P. Herring Recreation Center, which is open 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays, and the Memorial Park Recreation center, which is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays. It is located at 1950 South Valley View Parkway in Memorial Park.