The Park Families Wellness Initiative, backed by a $3 million grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation, is the second partnership the mayor has launched with the soft drink giant in the past several weeks that he says will help make Chicagoans healthier.
In October, Emanuel stood with officials from
Those ideas were criticized by some who said the mayor should take a harder line against the sugary drinks, like mayors in some other major cities.
On Monday, Emanuel reiterated his position that it’s better to give people personal responsibility and the information necessary to make the right choices about their health than it is to legislate their behavior. And he pointed out the deal with Coca-Cola will allow the park district to hire about 60 veterans of the
The Coca-Cola grant will also help pay for nutrition and fitness education programs in parks around the city. Park District CEO
During a question-and-answer session after his news conference, Emanuel also discussed the newly strengthened Democratic majorities in the
Asked whether Democratic dominance in
Emanuel also called for U.S. Rep.
The mayor has previously declined to weigh in on the status of Jackson, who has been absent from Congress since June 8 while receiving treatment for
"With the election over, there are big issues coming up in the lame duck session," Emanuel said. "I think Congressman Jackson, it's incumbent upon him to have a conversation with his constituents about his intentions."
Jackson, 47, issued a statement last week from the
The lame duck session begins Wednesday in the House.