The following health efforts received funding from Coca-Cola in 2015, according to the company’s voluntary disclosure that it spent $118 million on partnerships with health organizations. Join me in asking these health leaders to stop their Coke partnership and sign a pledge to reject soda industry funds.
- The US Tennis Association’s “Arthur Ashe Kids Day” ($42,000): Arthur Ashe said he had arms and legs “thin as soda straws” as a kid. Don’t think he meant soda should be part of tennis camp.
Arthur Ashe Kids Day (@AAKidsDay) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from Arthur Ashe Kids Day (@AAKidsDay). Summer's Biggest Hit! Kick off the 2015 US Open on Saturday…
2. Girls on the Run — Las Vegas ($50,000): Think they’re hydrating the runners with Coca-Cola?
Girls on the Run LV (@gotrlv) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from Girls on the Run LV (@gotrlv). GOTRLV inspires 8-13 yr-old girls to develop strong self-esteem …
3. This “Young Legislators” Class ($2,500) is getting a real lesson about corporate influence over health policy.
CFGC (@CFGCenter) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from CFGC (@CFGCenter). Community Family Guidance Center provides mental health services to low…
4. Harvard Medical School’s “Global Healthy Equity Research Fellowship Program” ($100,000) is funded by an organization that targets Black and Latino kids with soda advertising.
Harvard Med School (@harvardmed) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from Harvard Med School (@harvardmed). Official Twitter home of Harvard Medical School, featuring our…
5. The Sacramento Children’s Museum ($15,000) is sending a terrible nutrition message to kids.
SacChildren'sMuseum (@SacKidsMuseum) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from SacChildren'sMuseum (@SacKidsMuseum). What's happening, related news, special offers, etc. We…
6. The Cincinnati Center for Closing the Health Gap ($10,000): Eliminating racial and ethnic disparities with funding from a company that causes them.
Health Gap (@CCHGcincy) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from Health Gap (@CCHGcincy). To lead the efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities…
7. The National Foundation for Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness ($1,000,000) For a million dollars, do you think they give out ribbons for fastest corporate sponsorship?
NatGovFit (@NatGovFit) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from NatGovFit (@NatGovFit): "Congrats to #Flores Middle in #Uvalde on winning a new…
8. The University Of Iowa/Iowa City Bike Share Program ($50,000): That’s certainly sending a mixed health message to college students.
University of Iowa (@uiowa) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from University of Iowa (@uiowa). The official University of Iowa Twitter account. Founded in 1847…
9. American Lung Association’s Oxygen Ball ($2,500): It wouldn’t be a party without some good old fashioned sugar water.
American Lung Assoc. (@LungAssociation) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from American Lung Assoc. (@LungAssociation). The American Lung Association is the leading…
10. Park Families Wellness Initiative ($830,000): This is a huuuuge donation. I wonder how that happened?
Garfield Park Conser (@gpconservatory) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from Garfield Park Conser (@gpconservatory). Historic Plant Conservatory on Chicago's West Side…
11. American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life ($1,000): They’re an obesity prevention champion, so why accept this dinky donation from Coke?
American Cancer Soc (@AmericanCancer) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from American Cancer Soc (@AmericanCancer). Our vision is a world free of cancer, and we are here to…
12. St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital Celebrity Poker Tournament ($20,000): This partnership is pretty tragic given their impeccable reputation for children’s health.
St. Jude (@StJude) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from St. Jude (@StJude). @StJude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world…
13. The Obesity Society’s Student Travel Grants ($10,750): Think they all ride a Coke bus to the obesity conference to learn about the relationship between soda consumption and diabetes?
The Obesity Society (@ObesitySociety) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from The Obesity Society (@ObesitySociety). To advance the science-based understanding of the causes…
14. American College of Sports Medicine($45,000): For being so concerned with optimal nutrition, sports has a weird relationship with Coca-Cola that I don’t really understand.
ACSM (@ACSMNews) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from ACSM (@ACSMNews). The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and…
15. American College of Cardiology ($450,000): Heart health FTW. This one luckily is ending… maybe they’ll pledge never to do it again?
AmerColl Cardiology (@ACCinTouch) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from AmerColl Cardiology (@ACCinTouch). The American College of Cardiology is leading the way to…
16. The American Academy of Pediatrics ($303,600) funded their web resource healthychildren.org with Coke dollars.
Amer Acad Pediatrics (@AmerAcadPeds) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from Amer Acad Pediatrics (@AmerAcadPeds). The American Academy of Pediatrics. Dedicated to the…
17. 100 Black Men of the Bay Area’s Tommy Smith Youth Track Event ($5,000): Youth running and Coca-Cola… seems to be a trend.
100BlackMenBA (@100BlackMenBA) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from 100BlackMenBA (@100BlackMenBA). The 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Inc. has five initiatives …
18. Boys & Girls Clubs of America Triple Play Program ($1,000,000): The Boys & Girls Club has a pretty terrible track record of accepting unethical corporate partnerships.
Boys & Girls Clubs (@BGCA_Clubs) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from Boys & Girls Clubs (@BGCA_Clubs). We have over 4,000 Clubs located in public schools and public…
19. Far West Wheelchair Association Valor Games ($2,500): This race sounds like a blast. Let’s find them a new sponsor.
FWWAA (@FarWestWhcr) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from FWWAA (@FarWestWhcr). FWWAA is develops, promotes, and organizes community based sport and…
20. Path Foundation’s “Walk Georgia: Make the Connection” Campaign ($200,000) doesn’t seem to make the connection between health and soda consumption.
PATH Foundation (@PATHFoundation) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from PATH Foundation (@PATHFoundation). PATH Foundation has developed more than 120 miles of trails…
21. American Academy of Family Physicians ($600,000) is another family health website (familydoctor.org) funded with soda bucks. WTF?