MHWC Exemplary Schools & Mayor’s Healthiest Schools Awards


The MHWC Exemplary Schools Program highlights schools that have implemented healthy changes to create school environments that support the health and well-being of students.  Schools that demonstrate practices above the state and federal standards are eligible to be certified as exemplary schools. Additionally, these schools can participate in the Mayor’s Healthiest Schools Award program by completing an additional set of questions about the health and wellness initiatives on their campus.

Who can apply?

Districts with any school campus within the Austin city limits is eligible to apply, including:  Austin Independent School District, Manor Independent School District, Pflugerville Independent School District, Round Rock Independent School District, Leander Independent School District, Del Valle Independent School District, and Eanes Independent School District.

All schools that apply will be considered.  No preference will be given to school size, location, public/private sector, school district, etc.  Winners will be determined using a point system based off responses to the online application (exemplary school application + supplemental questions).

Awards are given at the elementary and middle school levels.

Why should my school apply?

Each year, the MHWC hosts an awards ceremony at City Hall to recognize the efforts of partners who strive to make Austin the fittest, healthiest community in America.

All schools with an ‘Exemplary’ rating receive:

  • Outdoor vinyl banner
  • Group recognition & photo at the awards ceremony
  • Recognition on the MHFC website as an exemplary school

In addition, the Mayor’s Healthiest Schools Awards will be presented to the top-scoring elementary and middle schools:

  • $1,000 award mini-grant to support ongoing school health and wellness initiatives
  • Outdoor vinyl banner
  • Individual recognition & photo at the awards ceremony with the Mayor
  • Recognition on the MHFC website as an exemplary school and winner

What is the application deadline?

New applications coming soon!

When will awards be given out?

Awards will be given out at the annual Mayor’s Health & Well-Being Awards Ceremony held each September during Texas Obesity Awareness Week. Recipients of recognition awards will be notified during the summer. All campuses are encouraged to bring Administrators and other staff involved in health efforts to be recognized.

See Exemplary Schools & Healthiest Schools Award Winners

Thank you to Texas Mutual for making this year’s Mayor’s Heath & Well-Being Awards possible!