Mayor Betsy Price receives award for contributions to health care
Published on October 12, 2020
Mayor Betsy Price will receive the Distinguished Health Service Award from the DFW Hospital Council.
Since 1948, the award has been bestowed annually to North Texas residents who have dedicated their lives to improving health care. Along with her focus on promoting jobs, strengthening education and fighting crime, Price has made significant strides in improving the health of her city’s residents.
The awards are traditionally presented each fall during a luncheon, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event was canceled for safety reasons. A tribute video honoring the recipients and event sponsors will be posted online Oct. 21.
Price led the community effort FitWorth, a citywide initiative focused on promoting active lifestyles and healthy habits. The goal of FitWorth is to stem the rising tide of obesity, especially in children. Under her leadership, Fort Worth has also become a prominent cycling community, adding miles of new bike lanes to promote exercise and fitness.
During Price’s tenure, Fort Worth became an official Blue Zone city – one of the few cities in the U.S. to achieve the designation. The Blue Zones Project takes an innovative approach to health by improving public policy and social involvement. Her work caused double-digit drops in obesity and smoking in addition to millions of dollars of health care savings.
“Mayor Betsy Price has been a respected leader in North Texas for many years,” said Stephen Love, president and CEO of the DFW Hospital Council. “Her passion for people, fitness and health has been a trademark of her service. Her leadership in Fort Worth has set an example for all of us to follow.”