2017 Mayor's Healthiest Workplace Awards
Taking health initiatives to the next level, Mayor Steve Adler and his Health and Fitness Council announced their Healthiest Workplace and School Awards for 2017 on Sept. 15 in hopes of improving health in the city of Austin. Workplaces and schools alike were rewarded for achieving exemplary status for implementing great health practices and promoting health and well-being in their everyday environments. Businesses such as Humana, Asuragen,Inc., Foundation Communities, 3M, and Seton Healthcare Family won Healthiest Workplace Awards as well as City of Austin and Capital Metro Transit Authority. Healthiest schools included Campbell Elementary, Cook Elementary, Murchison Elementary, and Dailey Middle School. Winners received $1000 in grants to support ongoing health and wellness initiatives within their establishments.
The Mayor's Health and Fitness Council Partner Certification Program plans to include a variety of organizations come 2018 and currently includes businesses and schools of different calibers. The council bases their assessments on four pillars of health—tobacco-free living, physical activity, nutrition, health education and preventive services. This year, 37 workplaces fell under those guidelines.
The Council aims for Austin to be the healthiest and fittest community in America and has been reaching for this goal since 2004. The nonprofit's mission is to support and inspire people to improve their health by encouraging physical activity, improved nutrition, and tobacco-free living. By providing community connections, building alliances, and supporting the implementation of best health programs and practices, they wish to positively affect the community towards building healthy lifestyles.