Childhood Obesity Prevention/Environmental Health and Sustainability Awards

The 2024 winners have been announced! Read more here.

About the Awards

Since 2012, the Childhood Obesity Prevention/Environmental Health and Sustainability Awards — a partnership between The United States Conference of Mayors and the American Beverage Association for a Healthy America (ABFHA) — has awarded nearly $6 million to cities of all sizes across the country to support programs that aim to improve the health and wellness of the nation’s children, families, neighborhoods, and cities.

A total of $745,000 in funding will be awarded to nine cities, in three population categories: Small City (population less than 75,000); Medium City (population 75,000-250,000) and Large City (population more than 250,000).

Large City
1st Place: $250,000
2nd Place: $50,000
3rd Place: $15,000

Medium City
1st Place: $175,000
2nd Place: $50,000
3rd Place: $15,000

Small City

1st Place: $125,000
2nd Place: $50,000
3rd Place: $15,000

2023 1st Place Winner, Large City ($250K)
Mayor Ed Gainey | Pittsburgh, PA

2023 1st Place Winner, Medium City ($175K)
Mayor Ross J. Maza | Alhambra, CA

2023 1st Place Winner, Small City ($125K)
Mayor Derrick L. Henry | Daytona Beach, FL

All member cities of The United States Conference of Mayors are eligible to receive this award, including service cities. Each application must include a signed letter of support from the Mayor. There is no limit on the number of applications a Mayor can support or submit.

This award aims to support programs that engage community members and promote or stimulate behavior change, in the categories of: a) childhood obesity prevention; b) environmental health and sustainability or; c) a hybrid of both. Types of programs eligible for funding include but are not limited to:

Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiatives

  • Increasing kids’ and families’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables, through the development of school and community gardens, and/or programs that support farmers’ markets and/or free or low-cost fruit and vegetable distribution in affected communities
  • Cooking and nutrition programs that focus on teaching kids how to eat better and/or how to prepare healthy meals
  • Programs that encourage kids to exercise in and out of school
  • Programs that empower youth to engage in educating their peers and in the community decision-making process about issues that directly impact their health and wellbeing – for example, hiring and training youth advocates

Environmental Health and Sustainability Initiatives

  • Strategies to encourage and improve residential recycling rates and reduce contamination
  • Food waste reduction initiatives, composting and other waste/landfill diversion programs
  • Beach/waterway and other types of community clean-up initiatives
  • Projects that promote water conservation
  • Projects that develop parks, and other open spaces
  • Projects that promote alternative transportation options, such as bike paths, and/or enhance neighborhood walkability for residents

Hybrid Programs

  • Programs that include strategies to reduce childhood obesity and also address environmental health and safety concerns.

If you’re interested in historical information about the predecessor to this new and enhanced program, the Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards, learn more here.