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NORTH MIAMI WINS GRANT AWARD TO SUPPORT CHILDHOOD OBESITY PREVENTION INITIATIVES

North Miami, FL – 2/18/2015

The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced during its 83rd Winter Meeting in Washington, DC that North Miami was one of the winners of the 2015 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards. Mayor Smith Joseph D.O., Pharm.D. received the award of $25,000 based on the City’s outstanding programs that encourage healthy weight through balanced diet choices and regular physical activity.  

The grant program is the result of a partnership between USCM and the American Beverage Association (ABA), to support and/or enhance mayors’ ongoing childhood obesity prevention programs in their cities. The program also includes a national public awareness campaign and connects mayors with innovative, cost-effective strategies to successfully reduce childhood obesity in their cities.  

The North Miami Parks & Recreation Department administers Let’s Move North Miami! at three after-school sites providing services to approximately 120 kids aged 6 to 18. The program includes healthy snacks and 30 minutes of physical activity. Funds will be utilized to increase healthy food choices, incorporate food demonstrations and nutrition education by local chefs and nutritionists. There are also plans to incorporate physical fitness and implement a curriculum on healthy lifestyle choices. The department will also launch Mommie and Me nutrition class for children ages 2 to 5 and their parents. The City will continue to promote increased physical activity and healthy eating throughout the community through the monthly Get in Gear Community Bike Ride and two monthly free physical fitness courses marketed toward youth and their families.  

This is the second time in the last year North Miami was awarded for its Let’s Move North Miami! program and other healthy initiatives. Last summer The National League of Cities recognized Councilwoman Marie Erlande Steril for the recent completion of key health and wellness goals for Cities, Towns and Counties.  
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