What is COPE?

COPE stands for Childhood Obesity Prevention and Education. The Tallahassee Coalition for COPE can be found at www.tallycope.org.

The COPE website shares their mission below:

The Tallahassee COPE Coalition consists of a diverse group of public and private sector agencies, organizations, institutions, and individuals with years of expertise in addressing risk factors that impact childhood health and wellness. Key strengths of the coalition are:
  • the tremendous wealth of existing work and research conducted by coalition community leaders and champions
  • dedicated support of state representatives, and city and county officials in addressing childhood obesity in our capital city; and
  • engagement of the authentic voices of Tallahassee residents in developing strategies for increasing the health of our most valuable stakeholder-our children. 
In April 2010, Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Florida Family Network, Inc. (FFN), in partnership with the Florida State University Center for Better Health and Life in Underserved Populations and the Greater Frenchtown Revitalization Council, initiated plans for the development of a comprehensive coalition of public and private sector agencies, organizations, institutions, and individuals, in our capital city, to address childhood overweight and obesity. In September 2010, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation supported and funded the formation of the Tallahassee Hope Thru Childhood Obesity Prevention Education (COPE) Coalition. The vision of the Tallahassee COPE Coalition is Healthy Children! Healthy Future! Healthy Tallahassee! and the mission is to develop and implement a plan of action to decrease childhood obesity in Tallahassee.

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