VIDEO: Mayor Emanuel and the Coca-Cola Foundation Announce $3

VIDEO: Mayor Emanuel and the Coca-Cola Foundation Announce $3 Million
Grant to Create Largest Affordable Wellness Program in Chicago 
CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 --  This week, Chicago Mayor
Rahm Emanuel joined Steve Cahillane, President and CEO of Coca-Cola
Refreshments, at Fosco Park to announce a $3 million grant from The
Coca-Cola Foundation to the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance. This
grant will create the Park Families Wellness Initiative that provides
wellness services to Chicago communities and allow the Chicago Park
District to hire U.S. veterans as part of the "Troops for Fitness"
Watch the video to view highlights from the announcement and to see
the first "Troops for Fitness" class in session. 
The Park Families Wellness Initiative will be run by the Chicago Park
District and will feature affordable nutrition education and active
lifestyle programs for Chicago communities most in need of wellness
services. The Park District will also tap returning service veterans
to teach military-style fitness classes through the "Troops for
Fitness" program. Over the next four years, military vets will teach
sessions on calisthenics, sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups and other
fitness and nutritional techniques that will reach a total of 125,000
The Coca-Cola Foundation is committed to building sustainable
communities by encouraging individuals, families and communities to
live active, healthy lifestyles. Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance,
working with the Chicago Park District, is among many grantees from
around the country that are amplifying their active living and
nutrition education programs as a result of local grants from The
Coca-Cola Foundation.  
For more on the Park Families Wellness Initiative and "Troops for
Fitness," visit 
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