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File #: 3101-2023    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 10/31/2023 In control: Environment Committee
On agenda: 12/4/2023 Final action: 12/7/2023
Title: To authorize the Director of Public Service to apply for Childhood Obesity Prevention/Environmental Health and Sustainability Award from the United States Conference of Mayors; to authorize the execution of grant and other requisite agreements with the United States Conference of Mayors providing for the acceptance and administration of said grant award on behalf of the City of Columbus Department of Public Service; and to authorize the expenditure of any awarded funds and the refund of any unused funds. ($0.00)
The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced the 2024 cycle for its Childhood Obesity Prevention/Environmental Health and Sustainability Awards. The application deadline was initially September 15, 2023, and it was extended until September 29, 2023.

Since 2012, the Childhood Obesity Prevention/Environmental Health and Sustainability Awards - a partnership between The United States Conference of Mayors and the American Beverage Association for a Healthy America (ABFHA) - has awarded nearly $6 million to cities of all sizes across the country to support programs that aim to improve the health and wellness of the nation’s children, families, neighborhoods, and cities. A total of $745,000 in funding will be awarded to nine cities, in three population categories: Small City (population less than 75,000); Medium City (population 75,000-250,000) and Large City (population more than 250,000). This award aims to support programs that engage community members and promote or stimulate behavior change, in the categories of: a) childhood obesity prevention; b) environmental health and sustainability or; c) a hybrid of both.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiatives including: increasing kids’ and families’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables, through the development of school and community gardens, and/or programs that support farmers’ markets and/or free or low-cost fruit and vegetable distribution in affected communities; cooking and nutrition programs that focus on teaching kids how to eat better and/or how to prepare healthy meals; programs that encourage kids to exercise in and out of school; and programs that empower youth to engage in educating their peers and in the community decision-making process about issues that directly impact their health and wellbeing. Environmental Health and Sustainability Initiatives included: strategies to encourage and improve residential recycling rates and reduce contamination; food waste red...

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