Will Support Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness Program
SAN ANTONIO, June 26, 2013 - Mayor Julián Castro joined Coca-Cola
to unveil a substantial next step in the SA2020 health and fitness goals. Totaling $1.5M, grants from The Coca-Cola
Foundation to San Antonio Sports and the San Antonio Food Bank will expand the
Mobilizing Health and Fitness Resources to Neighborhoods Project. This program intends
to increase physical activity by marshaling wellness resources to neighborhoods
through multiple initiatives.
Fit San Antonio will bring fitness activities to various
locations throughout San Antonio, free of charge. The program engages people with a fitness
vehicle offering mobile exercise equipment, mobile fitness coaches and a
- Ride-to-Own will distribute 450 bicycles to 15 community centers. People who have attended mandatory cycling
safety lessons will have access to the bikes.
- San Antonio Sports Afterschool Program will serve 45 campuses and nearly 500 low-income youth. The program will expand homework
assistance as well as mentoring, fitness and nutrition education.
Mobile Fit San Antonio, the grant will also support the Coca-Cola Troops for
Fitness program, military-style fitness classes taught by hired U.S. veterans.
The veterans will serve as Mobile Fit coaches and instructors for other park
physical activity events.
“This is a great example of the positive impact we can have when we leverage
public-private partnerships,” said Mayor Castro. “This project will provide
health and fitness resources across the city of San Antonio –
where our communities need it most while at the same time providing employment
opportunities to our nation’s heroes.”
The Foundation grant will also
support the Mobile Food Market (MFM) and Nutrition Education on the Move (NEOM)
programs. Through a mobile vehicle, the San Antonio Food Bank will distribute
fruits and vegetables and provide nutrition education free of charge.
These programs will help increase
access to nutritious foods and nutrition education for low-income families and
“Together with Mayor Castro and the Mayor’s Fitness
Council, we are helping to
develop workable solutions to address obesity in a sustainable way,” said Sonya Soutus, Senior Vice
President, Public Affairs and Communications, Coca-Cola North America Group. “As
the SA2020 Champion for Health and Wellness, Coca-Cola is encouraging and
helping people of all ages to exercise and learn to live a balanced lifestyle.”
San Antonio Sports and San Antonio Food Bank are among many grantees
from around the world that are amplifying
their active living and nutrition education programs due to local grants from
The Coca-Cola Foundation.
In 2012, The Coca-Cola Company joined the
beverage industry to launch the Calories Count™ Vending Program in San Antonio and Chicago. This initiative gives
people the choices, information and encouragement they need to choose the
beverages that are right for themselves and their families. Earlier this year in both cities, Coca-Cola
vending machines, and those of all other industry beverage partners, began featuring
calorie information for each beverage selection. Messages promote lower calorie
beverages and remind people that all calories count.
The mission of the Mayor’s Fitness Council
(MFC) is to lead San Antonio to become of the healthiest and most active
communities in the nation. Through the
MFC, residents, groups, and organizations work collaboratively to achieve
targeted health and fitness goals. The MFC serves as the primary entity for the
Mobilizing Health and Fitness Resources to Neighborhoods Project.
Since its inception, The Coca-Cola
Foundation has awarded more than $500 million to support global sustainable
community initiatives, including water stewardship, community recycling, active
healthy living, and education. For more information about The Coca-Cola
Foundation, please go to
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