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2016 Nutrition and Physical Activity Mini-Grants Awarded to Cambridge Organizations

May 6, 2016

The Cambridge Public Health Department, through its Let’s Move Cambridge and Cambridge in Motion campaigns, has awarded ten $500 mini-grants to local organizations to develop activities that promote healthy eating and physical activity.
“It's exciting to see community groups energized around creating a healthier food and fitness environment in Cambridge,” said Josefine Wendel, MS, RD, Manager of Nutrition Programs with the Cambridge Public Health Department. “This year’s mini-grant projects will introduce residents—especially children—to new and creative ways to be active and healthy.”
Wendel added that healthy eating and active living is one of the city’s four health priority areas. 
The 2016 mini-grant awardees and their projects are:
  • The Agassiz Baldwin Community will provide families with materials for making hula hoops at the Play Day community party in June. 
  • The Baldwin School’s occupational and physical therapy staff will provide kindergarten teachers with equipment and a resource guide on how to best encourage movement in the classroom.
  • The Cambridge Bicycle Committee will offer healthy food options, prepared by students in the CRLS Culinary Arts Program, at the Reel Ride in May and the Bow Tie Ride in September.  
  • The Cambridge Community Center purchased a raised garden bed and other gardening supplies for Get Growing Day this past April and for planting “seed balls” in the center’s garden.
  • Cambridge Rindge and Latin School will purchase food and toiletries for the CRLS food pantry, which launched in April.
  • The Morse School will purchase equipment for gross motor development for students to use in the gym and classroom.
  • North Cambridge Soccer Nights will increase the number of soccer nets at its free, week-long soccer camp so that more children can participate in this popular program.
  • The Peabody School will host an after-school event in the gym for students and their families to learn folk dancing.
  • Rise Up will host mini-sports workshops for incoming CRLS students to increase participation in school sports programs. 
  • Science Club for Girls will design a week-long curriculum to teach girls about wearable technology and how to build their own pedometer.
The 2016 mini-grants are co-funded by the Cambridge Public Health Department and the three Whole Food Market stores in Cambridge. 
“Whole Foods Market is excited to partner with the Cambridge Public Health Department to help these dedicated organizations provide healthy food and activities to the community,” said Matthew Keller, Marketing and Community Liaison of Whole Foods Market Cambridge and Somerville.
The mini-grant program, now in its fifth year, is a partnership of the Cambridge Public Health Department, the Healthy Children Task Force, the Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council, and the Cambridge Public Schools’ Green Schools Initiative.
For more information, contact Josefine Wendel at the Cambridge Public Health Department, jwendel@challiance.org or 617-665-3865.

Suzy Feinberg, MPH
Public Information Officer

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