Moving the Needle Awards

The Mayor’s Health & Fitness Awards recognize organizations that excel at creating a culture of health and well-being.  This year, MHFC is offering a new award that recognizes organizations and individuals that have pivoted their wellness programming to meet the needs of their employees, students, and community during the pandemic.  These awards highlight the dedication and commitment to Moving the Needle towards better health in our community.

Technical assistance to applicants is provided by Austin Public Health.

Regularly offered MHFC partnering and recognition programs are on hold through the end of 2021 including: MHFC Workplace Partner Certification Program, MHFC Exemplary School Program, Neighborhood Health Champion & the Mayor’s Healthiest Awards Program.  These programs are expected to resume in 2022 (school year 2021 – 2022).

Who can apply?

Organizations or Individuals within Austin/Travis County are eligible to apply for the Moving the Needle Awards (e.g. worksites, schools/school districts, neighborhoods, faith-communities, etc.)  Previous participation in MHFC partnering programs is not required to participate in this year’s awards.

Award Categories

Awards will be given in the following categories –

  • Tobacco-free Living
  • Physical Activity
  • Nutrition
  • Health Education/Preventive Services
  • Supporting Emotional/Mental Well-being &/or
  • Other (e.g. Innovation/Community Engagement/Champion Network/Social Connectedness/etc.)

Additional award categories, such as Innovation, Community Engagement, Social Connectedness, Champion Network will be determined by the review panels.

Applicants can apply under more than one pillar of wellness by submitting separate applications in each category they want to be considered.  A PDF version of the Moving the Needle Awards application is available for review.  All applications must be submitted online via the link below.


 Apply for the 2021 Moving the Needle Awards

When are applications due?

The deadline to apply for the Moving the Needle Awards is July 31, 2021.

When will awards be given out?

Awards will be announced at the Mayor’s Health & Fitness Awards Ceremony tentatively scheduled for September 17, 2021 during Texas Obesity Awareness Week.  Information about this virtual event will be posted to the MHFC website.

Questions about the Moving the Needle Awards?  Contact us at or (512) 972-6472.

Thank you to Texas Mutual Insurance Company for making this year’s Moving the Needle Awards possible!