Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Coca-Cola Gets People Dashing and Dancing to Healthier Lifestyles with $1.1 Million in Grants

  Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Coca-Cola Gets People Dashing and Dancing to
  Healthier Lifestyles with $1.1 Million in Grants

Close to $10 Million Awarded to Healthy Living Initiatives in North America in

Business Wire

ATLANTA -- December 27, 2012

Santa isn’t the only busy one this time of year. Organizations across North
America have been helping their communities lead healthy, balanced lifestyles
– and to support them, Coca-Cola is sending a little holiday cheer their way.

The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company, will
award more than $2M in grants this quarter, with more than $1M directed to
support community health and fitness programs. Including these fourth quarter
grants, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded a total of $9.9 million to
support healthy living programs across North America in 2012.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will
receive a $100,000 grant to support Project HELP – a program promoting healthy
eating, physical activity and healthy lifestyles in African-American
communities. Another recipient, the Canadian Institute of Child Health, will
receive a $100,000 grant to provide information on healthy food choices and
physical activity to Inuit families in Canada. Translated into English, French
and Inuktitut, the culturally relevant material will include a storybook,
traditional Inuit songs and activity suggestions for parents and teachers.

“Choosing to live healthy, balanced lifestyles is one of the most important
decisions we can make,” said Lori George Billingsley, Vice President,
Community Relations, Coca-Cola Refreshments. “By teaching people how to make
good nutrition and fitness choices as part of their daily routine, these
organizations are tangibly impacting the health of their communities now and
for the future.”

Other organizations receiving active, healthy living funding include:

  *Bexar County Community Health Collaborative, San Antonio, TX, $25,000
  *Canadian Diabetes Association, Toronto, Ontario, $50,000
  *Diabète Québec, Montreal, Quebec, $50,000
  *Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia, Roswell, GA, $25,000
  *Latino Community Foundation, San Francisco, CA, $25,000
  *National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Washington, D.C., $150,000
  *National Park Foundation, Washington, D.C., $250,000
  *National Urban League, New York, NY, $100,000
  *Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Washington, D.C., $150,000
  *San Antonio Sports Foundation, San Antonio, TX, $25,000
  *Universidad Popular, Chicago, IL, $25,000

Other fourth quarter grants made by the Foundation address additional
community needs. They include $200,000 toward community, arts and culture
initiatives; $200,000 to support education programs; $125,000 for water
stewardship; $150,000 benefitting economic development; and $100,000 to
support diversity and inclusion initiatives.

About The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded more than $70 million to 263 community
organizations around the world in 2011 to support sustainable community
initiatives, including water stewardship, community recycling, active, healthy
living, and education. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation,
please go to

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company,
refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by
Coca-Cola, the world's most valuable brand, our Company's portfolio features
15 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero,
vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally,
we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and
juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution
system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of
1.8 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building
sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our
environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe,
inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic
development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling
partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than
700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey  at, follow us on Twitter at or
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