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City of Phoenix Receives Grant to Fight Obesity in the CommunityCity of Phoenix Receives Grant to Fight Obesity in the Community<div class="ExternalClassABDD14B5B0A84F11838625E4405C23FA"><p>​The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABHFA) have awarded the city of Phoenix Office of Sustainability a $25-thousand grant to help achieve its Local Food System 2050 Sustainability Goal of increasing food access and significantly reducing diet-related diseases in the community.</p><p>"Our kids deserve a healthy start in life, and that begins with forming good habits when it comes to staying active and eating right," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "These funds will help us reach and educate more kids on making smart choices about exercise and what to eat." </p><p>"We are proud to recognize Mayor Greg Stanton and the city of Phoenix for their ongoing commitment to addressing childhood obesity.  Arizona beverage companies are committed to supporting the communities where we work and live and we applaud Mayor Stanton for his leadership in helping our youth develop healthy habits and to balance what they eat, drink and do," said Roger White, president of the Arizona Beverage Association.</p><p>In the fall, the city of Phoenix, Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD) and the Mollen Foundation will work together to implement a districtwide nutrition integrated food education and fitness program.  All schools in the PUHSD will be introduced to the Mollen Foundation's successful five-part series of health-related skills to increase fruit and vegetable consumption and promote physical activity.</p><p>The program will conclude in the spring 2018 with a "Cook-off and Fitness Challenge" featuring an obstacle course competition and a community celebration.  The event will be organized in conjunction with the city's FitPHX program.  </p><p>FitPHX is a citywide healthy-community initiative designed to build programs and utilize existing resources to improve health and wellness in the region and make the Phoenix area one of the healthiest in the nation.    </p><p>Phoenix is one of six U.S. cities to receive funding and be recognized for its efforts to reduce obesity in the community. To date, the USCM and ABHFA have awarded a total of $2.25 million in funds to 28 cities across the country.</p></div>2/22/2017 9:00:00 PMAlejandro Montiel602-534-3443