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
- Health Education & Preventive Services
Partners must achieve a minimum of 10 points in each category to be certified. Technical assistance for MHFC Partner Certification is provided by Austin Public Health.
The Partner Application has a total of 100 points. Employers may achieve certification at three levels:
- Bronze (50-59 points)
- Silver (60-69 points)
- Gold (70 points and above, plus tobacco free campus policy)
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
- 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 and for free technical assistance with completing the application – firstname.lastname@example.org. Technical assistance is provided by Austin Public Health.
Step 2: Complete and submit your MHFC Partner Certification application for review. A PDF version of the MHFC Partner Certification application is available for your convenience. Applications must be submitted online.
Step 3: Be sure to submit supporting documentation for all items indicated with an (*). Examples include: policy, excerpt from employee manual, formal correspondence (email), promotional announcements, new employee orientation excerpts, photos, etc. Items can be submitted as PDF, Word, JPEG, etc.or as a shared drive (i.e. Google Drive, Drop Box).
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 Review and Steering Committee will review your application(s) and contact you if any additional information or adjustments are needed.
Step 6: MFHC 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.
Can I apply for MHFC Partner Certification and the Mayor’s Healthiest Workplace awards at the same time?
Yes – organizations that are seeking MHFC Partner Certification and participating in the Mayor’s Healthiest Workplace awards can apply for both programs by submitting the combined online application found on this page. Please note the MHFC Partner Certification application supporting documentation requirements as listed above; applications are not considered completed until supporting documentation is submitted.