Two dozen veterans will be hired to kick-off Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness throughout Miami-Dade with a grant to the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade. Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez announced the more than $190,000 grant awarded by The Coca-Cola Foundation and managed by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces will oversee the roll out of Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness, a military-style fitness program led by U.S. military veterans.
“Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness supports our county’s 'Live a Park Life at Miami-Dade Parks' initiative which is designed to help people get fit in unconventional ways,” said Mayor Gimenez. “Together with Coca-Cola, NRPA and the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, we’re going to be able to create new and fun ways for thousands of our residents to get fit and rediscover the joy of being active.”
In addition, the grant will support nutrition and physical activity programs offered at the county’s 13 community centers. By the end of 2016, more than 5,000 Miami-Dade residents will have increased access to health and wellness programs.
“Obesity is a complex issue that cannot be solved overnight. We must work together with leaders like Mayor Gimenez and the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade to find workable solutions for a healthier community,” said Sonya Soutus, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, Coca-Cola North America Group. “Through Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness, we are showing that getting fit can be fun for people of all ages.”
Through a $3 million grant to NRPA, Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness will roll out in 12 communities over the next three years. Miami-Dade County will join Chicago and San Antonio as the third major U.S. metropolitan area to implement Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness. Additional cities that will activate Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness in 2013 include Atlanta, Newark and Sacramento.
“Active living and nutrition are keys to good health,” said Miami-Dade County District Commissioner Jean Monestime. “Hiring our nation’s heroes to lead this health and wellness initiative is a win-win.”