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Coca-Cola Wants America To Be Fit!

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They’re playing tennis in Portland, dancing in Atlanta, boot-camping in Chicago and working out in fitness centers all over America. From coast to coast, community organizations are amplifying their active living and nutrition education programs due in part to local grants from The Coca-Cola Foundation.

Through grants both large and small, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company strives to build strong communities by supporting individuals, families and neighborhoods to live active, healthy lifestyles. These grants make a significant impact by creating opportunities for nutrition education and physical activity program expansion through local organizations.

For example, last month the Foundation awarded $300,000 to the U.S. Soccer Federation Foundation to fund its Soccer for Success program in underserved communities in Seattle, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Detroit, New York and Miami. Earlier this summer, the Good Sports organization was awarded a $200,000 grant for its Good Sports 2012 program – providing equipment and offsetting participation costs for more than 40,000 youth in select cities.

Understanding that physical activity is not limited to traditional sports engagement, the Foundation awarded $15,000 and $50,000 respectively to the Moving in the Spirit and Center for Puppetry Arts organizations based in Atlanta. The grants support art-infused dance-fitness education to promote good health and wellness habits.

Today, the Foundation announced a $3 million multi-year grant to the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance (GPC) in Chicago. Through this grant, GPC and the Chicago Park District (CPD) will create the Park Families Wellness Initiative. This program will feature affordable nutrition and active lifestyle programming for communities in Chicago who are most in need of wellness services.

“The Coca-Cola Foundation is committed to building – and sustaining – strong, healthy communities,” said Steve Cahillane, President and CEO, Coca-Cola Refreshments. “Working in partnership with local and national organizations allows the Foundation to reach and inspire more people to live healthy, active lives.”

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