Daytona Beach Awarded Grant to Support Childhood Obesity Prevention, Environmental Health, Sustainability Programs
The Mayor’s Math & Fitness Bootcamp will receive a $125,000 grant made possible by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America.
PHOTO: Daytona Beach Mayor’s Math & Fitness Bootcamp.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America today announced Daytona Beach has been selected to receive a $125,000 grant as a part of the 2024 Childhood Obesity Prevention & Environmental Health and Sustainability Awards.
The grant will allow more children to take part in The Mayor’s Math & Fitness Bootcamp program in Daytona Beach. As many as 400 underprivileged children from age five to 14 will be able to participate in summer session programs that use exercise and dance to teach mathematics. Click HERE to watch a video about The Mayor’s Math & Fitness Bootcamp.
“America's leading beverage companies are continuing to support healthy communities across the nation alongside the mayors who know them best,” said Kevin Keane, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of American Beverage and president of the ABFHA board of directors. “We congratulate the people and the many initiatives working to drive positive change. We are proud to celebrate more than a decade of this partnership with The U.S. Conference of Mayors, and we look forward to a bright future as we strengthen communities together.”
“The Florida Beverage Association is pleased to congratulate Mayor Derrick L. Henry and The Mayor’s Math & Fitness Bootcamp as a recipient of this year's Childhood Obesity Prevention & Environmental Health and Sustainability Awards,” said Elizabeth DeWitt, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Florida Beverage Association. "We’re excited to support the great work being done in Daytona Beach, furthering the mission of The Mayor’s Math & Fitness Bootcamp to improve the quality of life for Daytona Beach’s residents."
“The scope and ambition of the projects we’ve been able to award not only this year, but for the past 12 years, is a testament to the role of cities as incubators of innovation,” said Tom Cochran, CEO and executive director of the United States Conference of Mayors. “We’re so proud of the level of investment we’ve made in such bold and enterprising community-focused environmental and public health initiatives across the country, with the longstanding and critical support of the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America. We look forward to continued innovation and investment in our cities.”
“We are truly honored and grateful for the generous support from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the American Beverage Foundation for Healthy America. This collaboration exemplifies the power of collective efforts in creating meaningful impacts on the lives of our youth. The funds from this grant will be instrumental in positively impacting the children participating in the city's summer programs. With a focus on math and fitness strategies, the grant funds will help improve our youngest residents' academic, physical and emotional wellbeing,” said Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick L. Henry.
The 2024 Childhood Obesity Prevention & Environmental Health and Sustainability Awards were presented at the 92nd Annual USCM Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. Established in 2012, the awards support community-based programs that promote positive changes in the categories of childhood obesity prevention, environmental health and sustainability, or both.
To date, USCM and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America have jointly awarded $6.5 million to 73 cities in support of programs that enhance health, wellness and environmental quality of life for children and families.
For more information about the Childhood Obesity Prevention and Environmental Health and Sustainability Awards, please click HERE.
About the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America
The American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America seeks to make a significant contribution to the health of local communities by providing grants to support community organizations that work to advance both the physical health of their local citizens and the environmental health of their communities. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) created and funded by America’s non-alcoholic beverage industry and is a reflection of the industry’s long-standing tradition of giving back to communities. Learn more at www.beveragefoundation.org.
About the U.S. Conference of Mayors
The United States Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1,400 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. Learn more at www.usmayors.org.
About the Florida Beverage Association
The Florida Beverage Association is the state trade association of non-alcoholic beverage producers, marketers, bottlers, and distributors. Our companies make and sell some of the most popular non-alcoholic beverages, including regular and diet soft drinks, bottled water and water beverages, 100-percent juice and juice drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and ready-to-drink teas. Visit flabev.org for more information.