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February 17, 2012
One year ago, on February 7, 2011, the city of Cambridge officially signed on to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to reduce childhood obesity.
To mark the first anniversary of the city’s involvement with the national campaign, Let’s Move Cambridge is launching a mini-grant program to fund projects that promote healthy eating and physical activity among Cambridge kids and teens. Let’s Move Cambridge is based at the Cambridge Public Health Department.
“This is great opportunity for Cambridge organizations to be creative in ways to engage children and families in healthy eating and physical activity,” said Claude-Alix Jacob, the city’s Chief Public Health Officer and director of the Cambridge Public Health Department.
The Let’s Move Mini Grants are a partnership between the Healthy Children Task Force, Let’s Move Cambridge, the city’s newly established Food and Fitness Policy Council, and the Cambridge Public Schools’ Green Schools Initiative. Five mini grants for $500 each will be awarded to local non profit organizations that serve children. An informational session will be held on Monday, March 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. at at the Windsor Street Health Center (119 Windsor Street). Applications are available here. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 30.
In January, Cambridge joined the statewide Mass In Motion initiative. The city plans to build on the work of local Let’s Move partners that have been active in promoting a healthy lifestyle for Cambridge children and families. Last summer, the city’s Department of Human Service Programs paired outdoor dance and martial arts classes with the free lunch they provide to children in city parks and summer camps. In July, 240 kids participated in the second annual Run & Ride children’s duathlon at the CambridgeSide Galleria.
The health department and city partners are also teaming up to create physical environments that support healthy eating and active living. “Making drinking water more available in schools is something Cambridge Public Schools are committed to,” says Kristin von Hoffman of the Cambridge Green Schools Initiative. “This is an important area where we can bridge sustainability with health.”
In addition to a new focus on drinking water in schools, other current projects that impact children involve extending successful school-based nutrition policies to city-sponsored children’s programs, and installing new bike racks at public housing facilities.
For more information about the mini-grant program or Let’s Move Cambridge, contact José Wendel at email@example.com or 617-665-3765.