April 19, 2012
The Mayor’s Fitness Council of Austin (MFC) strives toward multi-stakeholder engagement, cognizant always that meeting disparate goals is a challenging and often slow process, but that community health improvement is the ultimate outcome. The commitment of the group to improve the root-causes of poor health is intact; in fact, just recently, the MFC launched a Facebook page to encourage healthy eating and patronage of restaurants that promote health and nutrition. We in the Center are proud to have been a support for the fine group of health promotion experts and population health managers, as well as employers, health system, and physician organizations, that continue to hold high the flame of improved health and business sustainability through engagement and accountability for personal and community health.
We applaud your efforts and want you to know that we are here if you have ideas or questions that need an outside voice.
Runner-Up Recipient of the John J. Mahoney, M.D. 2010
Community Health Value Innovation Award
The Mayor’s Fitness Council of Austin, Texas will positively impact Austin residents’ physical activity levels and nutritional intake with the goal to become the nation’s fittest city. While the MFC is focused on improving health behaviors, those behaviors are the precursor for the long term outcomes measured through data provided by the MFC’s business group partners, including body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol and other disease management indicators. The MFC’s work with employers in the value-based benefits design initiative is critical in building local linkages between companies who are and are not making strides toward improving health care, wellness and pharmacy benefits to their employees.