Chile’s First Lady backs Santiago’s Mayors Challenge effort

First Lady Cecilia Morel (center) joins Mayor Felipe Allessandri (left) to discuss Juntos Santiago.

Santiago’s innovative approach and methodology to fighting childhood obesity has a new champion: Cecilia Morel. The popular First Lady of Chile has used her visibility to spotlight the obesity. Now, Morel has agreed to support the city’s Juntos Santiago program, which promotes healthy eating and exercise in schools by turning both into a game with scores and prizes. Santiago won $1 million in the 2016 Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge to launch the program, which is already showing positive results.

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