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October, 2004: The Council is formed

Established by former Mayor Will Wynn to raise awareness of the cost of health care, to promote prevention of chronic diseases and better health in Austin, and to promote the city of Austin as a healthy place to live and work, with the vision of becoming “The fittest city in the U.S.”


Develops objectives which reflect the Healthy People 2010 initiative


Develops the Austin Fitness Index, a 20 question web-based survey to measure health and wellness in individuals and organizations. Created by Austinites for Austin, the index is based upon scientific research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Pilots the Partner Certification Program which recognizes and supports healthy workplaces
Conducts a “Fit City Summit” in Austin with other Texas mayor’s fitness councils to share best practices


Certifies its first 7 organizations in the Partner Certification Program
Receives a state grant from the Texas Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness in 2008 to help fund programs


Holds the Active Texas Summit, which provides attendees with health information and strategies to help implement active living principles in a variety of settings. During the event, 50 companies and organizations across Austin are trained to implement the Partner Certification Program.
Communicated and shared Austin’s Mayor’s Fitness Council initiatives and best practices/outcomes with other cities at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C.
Expands its reach by establishing the Austin Business Group on Health, an employer-based leadership collaborative focused on “value based benefits design” and best practices
5 new organizations get certified in the Partner Certification Program


Joins the First Lady Michelle Obama’s national “Let’s Move” initiative to end childhood obesity
Certifies an additional 11 organizations in the Partner Certification Program


Expands its Partner Certification Program to include a Standard and Gold level of certification. The Gold level now includes a higher commitment to wellness by requiring organizations to get certified through a national certification and recognition process as well, the CEO Cancer Gold Standard Certification
Reorganized into a 501(c) 3 non-profit entity to optimize sustainability and impact as well as continue a strong linkage to the Mayor’s office, the City of Austin and the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department


Changes the name to be the Mayor’s Health & Fitness Council in order to encompass a more holistic approach to wellness.
Certifies an additional 7 organizations in the Partner Certification Program. The first Gold level partner gets certified, Seton Healthcare
Hosts the first annual Taste of Austin: Chef Showdown, challenging local restaurants to create healthy, tasty meals.


The Board approves the addition of “mother-friendly” policies into the criteria for the Partner Certification Program in the standard and gold levels. The gold application will now promote the TX DSHS Mother-Friendly Worksite Designation Program.


Mayor's Health & Fitness Council

To make Austin the healthiest, fittest city in the US.