2019 Mayor’s Health & Fitness Awards

Logo for Mayor's Health and Fitness Award Winners

Mayor Steve Adler and the Mayor’s Health & Fitness Council on Friday announced the Mayor’s Healthiest Workplace and School Awards at a ceremony staged at Austin City Hall.  The awards and certifications highlight organizations that have implemented best practices to create workplace or school environments that promote health and well-being, the mayor explained in an emailed press advisory.

“Austin has always done big things in our own unique way, and this initiative is a shining example of how innovative approaches can move communities forward,” Adler said. “This is no small feat, and I am deeply grateful to everyone who puts in the hard work to help make Austin a healthier city.”

Workplaces and schools were also recognized for achieving Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council Partner Certification and Exemplary School status.  For the first time, a Neighborhood Health Champion award was presented to an individual making a positive impact on their neighborhood’s health.

“Neighborhood Health Champion awards recognize individuals that have had a sustained and significant impact on improving the health and well-being of the neighborhood or community in which they live,” Maria Faria, MHFC Board Chair, added. “The person selected as Health Champion has demonstrated leadership, creativity, empowerment of others, and shows this by encouraging healthy eating, physical activity, well-being and tobacco-free living in Austin.”

All winners will receive a $1000 mini grant to support ongoing health and wellness initiatives. The Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council (MHFC) Partner Certification Program currently includes businesses and schools of all types and sizes. It was created by the Austin Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council in 2004 to inspire nutrition, physical activity, tobacco-free living, mother-friendly and other health related policies and programs.

By achieving MHFC Partner Certification or MHFC Exemplary School status, organizations are recognized for having comprehensive health and wellness programs and policies addressing four pillars of health. This year, 35 workplaces were recognized by receiving MHFC Partner Certification and 101 schools achieved the MHFC Exemplary designation.

2019 Healthiest Schools Winners

Elementary Schools

Maplewood Elementary Mascot

Maplewood Elementary
Austin Independent School District

Parmer Lane Elementary Mascot

Parmer Lane Elementary
Pflugerville Independent School District

Highland Park Elementary School logo

Highland Park Elementary
Pflugerville Independent School District

Middle Schools

John P. Ojeda Middle School Mascot

John P. Ojeda Middle School
Del Valle Independent School District

2019 Healthiest Workplace Winners

Neighborhood Health Champions

Neighborhood Health Champion recipient

Bo McCarver, Winner

Neighborhood Health Champion Award Honorable Mention

Neomi Delgado, Honorable Mention

Neighborhood Health Champion Award Honorable Mention

Elena Rodriguez, Honorable Mention