Exercise Stars Challenge 2024

Become An ACC Exercise Star –   January 29 – April 7, 2024

Could you use a little extra motivation to get back on track with your exercise goals? Looking to stay connected with your campus colleagues?  Well….Get Ready because…..  Exercise Stars 2024 is almost HERE!!!

Yes…that’s right!  It’s almost time for your next opportunity to become an ACC Exercise Star for 2024!

Sign up HERE to join the fun!

Registration Open through Monday, February 5th, so be sure you get in on the fitness fun and help your campus win the title of Most Active Campus!

This annual exercise incentive program and friendly competition between the ACC campuses is designed for ALL LEVELS to encourage you to increase your activity level and get movin’!  Just 15 minutes a day can really make a difference on your health (and even earn you a prize)!!

Participation is Easy…Just:

  • Set your exercise/activity goal & sign up for your fitness level
  • Start exercising and be sure to log your minutes each week on your campus spreadsheet
  • Be part of your campus’s Exercise Stars team… your exercise minutes contribute to your campus’s total to help win ‘The Most Active Campus’ competition
  • Receive tip sheets and motivating messages throughout the program
  • Watch your minutes add up and your fitness improve
  • Make friends and enjoy exercising with your peers

Be on the lookout for fun new BONUS POINT Opportunities!  Yes…you can earn bonus minutes just by participating in additional wellness opportunities throughout this friendly competition.

Click HERE for More details and specifics regarding the challenge!

Are you ready to get started on your fitness goals already and represent ACC on the statewide level? 

Try out the statewide Get Fit Texas Challenge as well…..

This additional 10-week challenge runs January 22nd – March 31st (which overlaps some with Exercise Stars anyways), and it’s not too late to sign up and log your exercise minutes.  Count your hard work for both challenges, and help us show the other state agencies that ACC is ready to GET FIT!!

The goal for Get Fit Texas is to log 150 minutes a week of movement for six out of ten weeks.  Find out more about this challenge and register through www.getfittexas.org.  

If you have any questions, contact Mauri Winters at mmiculek@austinccedu or 512-223-7577.

Spring into fitness with FREE Exercise Classes for Employees

Our amazing wellness instructors are back with virtual wellness classes available FREE to all ACC employees from January 16th – May 11th, 2024 (pending participation).  New In-Person Classes added as well!

Check out the Spring schedule HERE to view and access these classes, and be sure to mark your calendar with your favorite classes to join!  Click HERE to add the shared Wellness Calendar to your Google Calendar for easy access and calendar reminders. Click HERE for a description of classes and instructors.  

Please be sure to register prior to attending any classes.  

There is still no attendance requirement, but this form is required for participation. You may sign up for as many classes as you plan to attend using one form. This form contains the official class waiver and provides us with a way to communicate important information regarding the classes throughout the semester. 

While most of the classes for this semester are live online classes, we will have a few in-person opportunities available as well this semester. Sign up for the in-person classes listed below at the registration link above.

  • Strength & Conditioning w/Olga- MW 12-1pm- NRG Gym (Bldg 2000, room 2102)
  • Pilates w/Stacie- Tuesdays 12-1pm- HLC Building 4000, room 2000.09 (Registration FULL)
  • Yoga w/Carly- Wednesdays 12-1pm- HLC Building 4000, room 2000.09 (Registration FULL)

All classes are modifiable for all levels of fitness. We hope you’ll give one a try!

We hope to see you in a class soon, but if you don’t have time for a full class or can’t make it during the scheduled times, we’ve included some links below to work exercise and stretching into your daily routine.  Perhaps you can do these during your 15-minute breaks each day!

ACC also has the following discounted gym membership offers:

  • Gold’s Gym- access to all Austin-area Level 1 gyms for 25.99+ tax/month
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Fitness Program-access to different participating gyms nationwide depending on which tier you choose (prices vary based on membership tier)

Also….Did you know that Mindfulness has not only been proven to help people manage stress, but can also help to improve productivity, reduce blood pressure, improve sleep, decrease anxiety and depression, and improve immune function.  Why not give it a try?  Click HERE for some resources on Mindfulness including links to guided meditation and breathing activities.  There are also several apps you can downloa

ACC Wellness “Moving the Needle” Award

On September 16, 2022, the ACC Employee Wellness Program was recognized at the 2022 Mayor’s Health & Fitness Awards ceremony.  Not only did the program receive the MHFC Workplace Partner Certification at the Gold level, but it was also chosen as the ‘Moving the Needle’ recipient in the area of physical activity. This award recognizes workplaces for exemplifying best practices in creating spaces that promote health and well-being and programs that affect positive change toward healthy lifestyles. 

For more on this, you can see the press release from the City of Austin at the link below:


ACC hosts inaugural Employee Wellness-Fest 2019

On Friday, April 26th, ACC hosted the inaugural Employee Wellness-Fest 2019!

Nearly 200 employees came together to celebrate wellness across the district with field day games, exercise demos, health and wellness information tables, and even a new campus competition, the Campus Wellness Cup.  Smiling faces were seen throughout the Eastview courtyard as employees were able to get in some physical wellness, engage with their peers from the different campuses and strengthen those bonds between colleagues.

Dr. Richard Rhodes presented the Exercise Stars awards as a part of the event recognizing the top 3 overall individuals from each fitness level, as well as the top 3 Campuses with the most minutes.  Wellness Champions from each ACC campus helped put this event together and the Eastview Campus staff worked especially hard to prepare for the big day!  Finally, 19 vendors from both the college and the community came out for the event to provide information regarding services related to employee wellness.  Several of these vendors, as well as many other local businesses provided wonderful prizes to be won as well.

Congratulations to the Eastview Campus for taking home the first ever ACC Campus Wellness Cup!

Which campus will be ready to capture this honor next year and take home this fantastic trophy at the Wellness-Fest 2020?  Yes…we are looking forward to the opportunity to repeat this event again next year, and hope you will be sure to join us again then!


Here are a few pictures from the event, but you can view all pictures in the Photo Gallery!

ACC Wellness Program Recognized by Austin Mayor Steve Adler

Benefits Manager Steve Hassel and Benefits Coordinator Gina Akin receive award from Mayor Steve Adler

The Austin Mayor’s Health & Fitness Council has named Austin Community College a Certified Partner in recognition of ACC’s Employee Wellness Program. MHFC Certified Partners, which include some Austin’s best-known employers, must offer initiatives addressing physical activity, nutrition, tobacco-free living, health education, and preventative services.

“A healthier workforce is a more productive workforce, which benefits our students and supports their success,” said President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes, an avid runner and enthusiastic advocate of the wellness program. “We’re grateful to those who have developed these initiatives and to the many faculty and staff who create a healthy workplace by participating.”


Established by the Human Resources Office in August 2013, ACC’s Employee Wellness Program has expanded beyond exercise classes to encompass programs on healthy eating, diabetes education, meditation, and other wellness practices. In addition to fitness classes, the program encourages employees to be active by using the stairs and taking advantage of campus walking trails. This spring the HR Office introduced “Mammo Mixers” to promote mammogram screenings.