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Mayor's Health & Fitness Council

Partner Certification Program

Overview


The Partner Certification Program is a mutually beneficial workplace wellness recognition program for Austin-based organizations of all types and sizes. It was created by the Mayor’s Health & Fitness Council in 2007 in an effort to inspire nutrition, physical activity, tobacco-free living and mother-friendly policies in workplaces.

To achieve Mayor’s Health & Fitness Council (MHFC) Certification, organizations must have health initiatives that comprehensively address each of the following categories:

  • Tobacco-Free Living
  • Physical Activity
  • Nutrition
  • Health Education & Preventive Services


Partners must achieve a minimum of 10 points in each category to be certified.


Certification Levels

The Partner Application has a total of 100 points.  Employers may achieve certification at three levels:

  • Bronze (50-59 points)
  • Silver (60-69 points, plus tobacco free campus policy)
  • Gold  (70 points and above, plus CEO Cancer Gold Standard)


 All employers receiving partner certification will be recognized at a yearly awards and recognition ceremony.  Partner certification lasts for 2 years.










Benefits to Certification

The benefits to becoming a Mayor’s Health & Fitness Certified Partner (MHFC) are demonstrable in better health, attitude, productivity, individual and organizational performance. Some studies show a long-term return on investment of $6 in return to every $1 on investment in comprehensive wellness programming. Here are some potential direct benefits:


  • Business owners may be able to negotiate lower health, disability, and life insurance rates
  • May experience greater employee productivity and performance
  • May lower healthcare costs over time
  • May absentee rates
  • May improve employee moral


Besides these benefits, as a partner you will receive regular positive recognition and support for your efforts. You will also join a growing network of leaders in Austin who have come together to share best practices and advocate for healthy change in a larger, more impactful way. Here are some ways your organization will be recognized after certification:


  • A letter of acknowledgement and plaque
  • Co-branding opportunities
  • Public announcement of partnership
  • MHFC website recognition
  • Recognition at public MHFC events
  • Invitations to quarterly MHFC meetings
  • Invitation to local Austin Business Group on Health
  • Expert counsel and support from MHFC members


How to Apply

Step 1: Contact the MHFC to express your interest in getting certified. A member will follow up with you shortly to offer assistance.  Contact us at info@mhfcaustin.org

Step 2:
Complete and submit your MHFC Partner Certification application for review.  Applications can be submitted online or emailed to info@mhfcaustin.org


Step 3: Be sure to submit supporting documentation for all items indicated with an (*).  Supporting documentation examples include:  policy, excerpt from employee manual, formal correspondence (email), promotional announcements, new employee orientation excerpts, photos, etc.  Items can be submitted as PDF or via shared Google Drive.


Step 4: If you are also interested in applying for the Mayor's Healthiest Workplace Awards,  both applications can be submitted at the same time.  Organizations must be MHFC Partner Certified to be eligible for the Mayor's Healthiest Workplace awards.


Step 5: The Measurement and Review Committee will review your application(s) and contact you if any additional information or adjustments are needed.

Step 6:
The Executive Committee will notify you of your award and will mail your Letter of Certification, including all of the benefits of certification.

All Certified Partners must apply for re-certification every two years after the award date.