Knoxville is the winner of a $120,000 grant to help prevent childhood obesity.

The United States Conference of Mayors named Knoxville the 2018 Childhood Obesity Prevention 1st Place Medium City grant winner.

Knoxville is one of six cities selected. The cities were chosen because they have "outstanding programs that encourage healthy weight through balanced diet choices and regular physical activity," the organization said.

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Mayor Madeline Rogero said the grant will expand the city's "neighborhoods to nature" effort. The initiative encourages people to get outside and discover nearby parks and greenways.