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About the Childhood Obesity Prevention and Environmental Health & Sustainability Awards
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).
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
Programs that include strategies to reduce childhood obesity and also address environmental health and safety concerns.
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