Austin Mayor Kirk Watson and the Mayor's Health & Fitness Council (MHFC) came together to acknowledge the accomplishments of 23 certified MHFC Exemplary schools, the winners of the Mayor's Healthiest Schools awards, and two Faith Community Health Partners. The ceremony took place at Austin City Hall on Friday, celebrating the dedication of local educational institutions and faith-based organizations in promoting health and well-being.
The Mayor's Healthiest Schools Awards recognized four outstanding schools that will each receive a $1,000 grant to support their ongoing health and wellness initiatives. Additionally, three other schools received Honorable Mentions for their commendable efforts.
The Mayor's Healthiest Schools Award Winners:
- Wieland Elementary School (Pflugerville ISD)
- T.A. Brown Elementary School (Austin ISD)
- Parmer Lane Elementary School (Pflugerville ISD)
- Dailey Middle School (Del Valle ISD)
- Patton Elementary School (Austin ISD)
- Becker Elementary School (Austin ISD)
- Cele Middle School (Pflugerville ISD)
The Mayor's Health and Fitness Council Healthiest Schools Program encourages schools to adopt nutrition, physical activity, and other health-related policies and programs. Schools achieving MHFC Exemplary status are acknowledged for their comprehensive health and wellness programs that address various aspects of health. This year, a total of 23 schools attained MHFC Exemplary status.
Faith Community Health Partners play a crucial role in promoting health and well-being within their congregations and communities. To earn MHFC Faith Community Partner Recognition, faith communities must actively participate in the Faith Community Partnership program and achieve two health-focused goals supporting the well-being of their members. Rehoboth Baptist Church and St. John College Heights Baptist Church were honored for their achievements in focusing on physical activity, health education, and mental health within their ministries.