Sunday, September 18, 2022

Mayor’s Health & Fitness Council Announces New Partnerships & Award Recipients


Worksites & Faith Community Health Partners recognized for their efforts promoting health and well-being 

The Mayor’s Health & Fitness Council (MHFC) recognized certified partners and announced the winners of the Moving the Needle Workplace Awards and the Mayor’s Healthiest Workplace Awards during a ceremony held at Austin City Hall Friday. These awards and certifications highlight organizations implementing best practices to create workplaces or faith ministries that promote health and well-being. 

“We are excited to recognize and celebrate these Austin-area organizations for taking action to support the health and well-being of their employees, congregations, and their families. The efforts of these organizations to improve health and fitness contributes to the well-being of the greater Austin community,” said Tre’ McCalister, MHFC Board Chair.

Winners by category:

Mayor's Healthiest Workplace Awards
(For-Profit or Non-Profit)
Small (up to 250)
Medium (251-1,000)
Large (1,001-5,000)
Extra Large (>5,000)

Moving the Needle Workplace Awards 
Tobacco-Free Living 
Physical Activity 
Health Education/Preventive Services 
Emotional/Mental Health & Well-being
Championing Wellness
Social Connectedness

Regognized Partners by category:

Silver Level Certification
City of Austin
Health Code
Huston-Tillotson University

Gold Level Certification
Ascension Seton
Austin Community College
Austin Trauma Therapy Center
Ballet Austin
Capital Metro Transportation Authority
Foundation Communities Inc.

Faith Community Health Partnership
Freedom Home Baptist Church



Ballet Austin
Foundation Communities
Capital Metro Transportation Authority
City of Austin

Capital Metro Transportaiton Authority
Austin Community College
Capital Metro Transportation Authority
Foundation Communities Inc.
Pflugerville ISD

Workers Assistance Program, Inc.
YMCA of Austin

Health & Human Services Commission (HHSC)
Integral Care
People's Community Clinic
Pflugerville Independent School District
Powell Law Group, LLP


The Mayor's Health and Fitness Council Workplace Partner Certification Program includes businesses of all kinds. It was created by the MHFC in 2004 to inspire nutrition, physical activity, tobacco-free living, mother-friendly and other health-related policies and programs. By achieving MHFC Workplace Partner Certification, organizations are recognized for having comprehensive health and wellness programs and policies addressing pillars of health. This year 18 workplaces received the MHFC Partner Certification.

Faith Community Health Partners serve their members and community by committing to creating a culture of health and well-being in their congregations. To earn the MHFC Faith Community Partner Recognition, faith communities must join the Faith Community Partnership program and comprehensively achieve two health-focused goals that support the health of their congregation. Freedom Home Baptist Church Health Ministry was recognized achieving their ministry’s health goals focused on physical activity, nutrition, safety, weight management, and stress reduction. 

About the Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council 
Founded in 2004, The Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. The Council has a vision for Austin to be the fittest, healthiest community in America. Its mission is to support and inspire people to improve their health by encouraging physical activity, improved nutrition, and tobacco-free living. The council is focused on providing community connections, building alliances, and supporting the implementation of best practices and programs that truly affect positive change to healthy lifestyles. 

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