Sunday, September 17, 2023

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

Austin-area Schools and Faith Community Health Partners recognized for their efforts in promoting health and well-being.

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin Mayor Kirk Watson and the Mayor’s Health & Fitness Council (MHFC) recognized 23 certified MHFC Exemplary schools, the Mayor’s Healthiest Schools award winners, and two Faith Community Health Partners during a ceremony held at Austin City Hall Friday. These awards and certifications highlight Austin area schools and faith-based organizations implementing best practices to promote health and well-being.

 Four winners of the Mayor’s Healthiest Schools Awards were recognized and will receive a $1,000 grant to support ongoing health and wellness initiatives. Three additional schools were recognized as receiving an Honorable Mention.

 Mayor’s Healthiest Schools - Winners  

Wieland Elementary School (Pflugerville ISD)

T.A. Brown Elementary School (Austin ISD)

Parmer Lane Elementary School (Pflugerville ISD)

Dailey Middle School (Del Valle ISD)

Mayor’s Healthiest Schools - Honorable Mentions

Patton Elementary School (Austin ISD)

Becker Elementary School (Austin ISD)

Cele Middle School (Pflugerville ISD)

The Mayor's Health and Fitness Council Healthiest Schools Program inspires schools to achieve nutrition, physical activity and other health-related policies and programs. By achieving MHFC Exemplary status, schools are recognized for having comprehensive health and wellness programs and policies addressing pillars of health. This year 23 schools received the MHFC Exemplary status.

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. Rehoboth Baptist Church and St. John College Heights Baptist Church were recognized for achieving their ministry’s health goals focused on physical activity, health education, and mental health.

About the Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council

The Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council (MHFC) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that aspires for Austin to be one of the fittest, and healthiest communities in America. MHFC partners with the City of Austin, Austin Public Health to encourage schools, worksites, and faith-based community partners to improve our community’s health. MHFC was created in 2004 to inspire policies and programs geared toward nutrition, mental health, physical activity, tobacco-free living, and mother-friendly accommodations. For more information visit

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