Oklahoma City Mayor and former USCM President Mick Cornett, announcing the launch of the 2017 awards competition. (Photo Credit: The United States Conference of Mayors)

The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), in partnership with the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA), has launched the 2020 Childhood Obesity Prevention Grants Program.  In this cycle, six cities will share a total of $445,000 in grant awards, to support both new and existing programs initiated by USCM member mayors that address the childhood obesity epidemic in America’s cities.

Awards will be made in three categories – small, medium and large city.

  • Small City (Population less than 75,000) – 2nd Place $25,000; 1st Place $100,000
  • Medium City (Population between 75,000 and 250,000) – 2nd Place $25,000; 1st Place $120,000
  • Large City (Population greater than 250,000) – 2nd Place $25,000; 1st Place $150,000

Winners will be announced in January 2020, during the 88th Winter Meeting of The United States Conference of Mayors in Washington, DC.

2019 1st Place Winner Videos (by category):

First Place, Small City: Findlay, OH Mayor Lydia Mihalik, Keep Active, Keep Healthy

First Place, Medium City: Richmond, VA Mayor Lavar Stoney, Fit4Kids

First Place, Large City: Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Universal Play (UP)

Resources and Information

Application Instructions PDF

The partnership has three core components

1. GRANTS. Over the course of this six-year partnership, USCM, ABA and ABFHA will award more than $2.6 million to more than 35 cities across the country

2. PUBLIC AWARENESS. In addition to the awards program, the partnership includes a signifi cant public awareness component. For example, at USCM’s 2016 Winter Meeting, USCM recruited 65 Mayors from cities across the country to record radio public service announcements (PSAs), in both English and Spanish, on how parents and others can help reverse the trend of childhood obesity. As part of this effort, USCM and ABA also created an extensive array of resources, such as sample op-eds and social media content, that mayors and others can use to raise awareness of childhood obesity in their communities.

3. BEST PRACTICES. The third component of the partnership is connecting mayors with innovative, cost-effective program strategies to successfully reduce childhood obesity in their cities. These best practices highlight the innovative, sustainable and/or adaptable aspects of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Award-winning programs, and also provide insights into the history and development of each initiative

Previous Award Winners

Large City


1st Place: Boston, MA

2nd Place:  Houston, TX


1st Place: Las Vegas, NV

2nd Place: Phoenix, AZ


1st Place: New Orleans, LA

2nd Place: Baltimore, MD


1st Place: Jacksonville, FL

2nd Place: Seattle, WA


1st Place: Denver, CO

2nd Place: Dallas, TX


1st Place: Louisville, KY

2nd Place: Houston, TX

Medium City


1st Place: Knoxville, TN

2nd Place: Providence, RI


1st Place: Columbia, SC

2nd Place: Gresham, OR


1st Place: Fontana, CA

2nd Place: Columbia, SC


1st Place: New Haven, CT

2nd Place: Green Bay, WI


1st Place: Waterbury, CT

2nd Place: Little Rock, AR


1st Place Medium City Allentown, Penn.

2nd Place Medium City Las Cruces, N.M.

Small City


1st Place: Perris, CA

2nd Place: Port Arthur, TX


1st Place: Waterloo, IA

2nd Place: Huntington, WV


1st Place: Everett, MA

2nd Place:  Plainfield, NJ


1st Place: Lima, OH

2nd Place: North Miami, FL


1st Place: York, PA

2nd Place: Monrovia, CA


1st Place: Lima, OH

2nd Place: Patterson, LA