IT’S TIME TEXAS Hosts Fifth Annual Statewide Health & Wellness Summit in Austin June 15, 16

Health Champions From Across Texas Convene to Share, Motivate and Build Healthier Communities

AUSTIN, Texas--()--IT’S TIME TEXAS (formerly ACTIVE Life), a nonprofit organization working to unite and accelerate the health movement in Texas, announced its fifth annual IT’S TIME TEXAS Summit. The two-day event will take place in Austin at the JW Marriott, June 15th and 16th, 2015. The Summit is the only annual community health event of its kind designed to motivate and mobilize communities in Texas to engage in healthier lifestyles through innovative tools, presentations and workshops provided by leaders in the health and wellness industry.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Ronald A. DePinho, M.D., president of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Austin Mayor Steve Adler, head of the Mayor’s Health & Fitness Council (MHFC), will introduce Dr. DePinho. Evan Smith, editor-in-chief and CEO of Texas Tribune, will moderate the symposium “Creating a Culture of Health in Texas” on Tuesday the 16th. The Summit features an impressive lineup of scholars and leaders in health and wellness from organizations ranging from Texas Children’s Hospital and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston to the United Way and H-E-B. More than 500 attendees from across the state are expected.

The 2015 summit will cover emerging trends and strategies for improving health in five core tracks: Workplace, Community, School, Policy and Innovation. Select features include:

  • Keynote address by Ronald A. DePinho, M.D., President of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
  • Dr. Chris Skisak, Executive Director of the Houston Business Coalition on Health, on advancing employee wellness through community partnerships and business coalitions
  • Alice Kirk, MPH and Mike Lopez, MUP, Extension Health Specialists with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension on building school and community collaborations
  • Todd Whitthorne of ACAP Health with tools for creating a culture of wellness in the workplace

"In a short time, the IT'S TIME TEXAS Summit has become Texas' premiere healthy communities conference," says Baker Harrell, Founder and CEO of IT'S TIME TEXAS. "Our goal with the Summit is to bring together leaders from Texas' K-12, employer, nonprofit, government, industry, healthcare and academic sectors to share best practices and scale up what is working across the state. This year's Summit will be the biggest and best yet, and I could not be more excited about transformative change in individual and community health that will be accelerated through the Summit."

The IT’S TIME TEXAS Summit sponsors and partners include H-E-B, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, SNAP-Ed RGK Foundation, St. David’s Foundation, The University of Texas School of Public Health, The Texas Tribune, CATCH Global Foundation and ACAP Health

Registration is open through June 10, 2015 at Visit,, for more information on IT’S TIME TEXAS and its community health-focused programming, events and initiatives.


IT’S TIME TEXAS is a first-of-its-kind cause that motivates and mobilizes people to make being healthy easier where they live, learn, work, worship, and shop. IT’S TIME TEXAS focuses on uniting and equipping the Motivated–an army of passionate individuals, institutions, and organizations committed to improving the health of their communities. Person-by-person, community-by-community, IT’S TIME TEXAS is creating significantly healthier people, places, providers, and policies for the Lone Star State and, ultimately, the nation. Learn more at, like on Facebook at and follow on Twitter


Newton O'Neill Communications
Jenna Williams, 512-494-6178


Newton O'Neill Communications
Jenna Williams, 512-494-6178