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Nutrition and Physical Activity Mini-Grants Awarded to Cambridge Organizations

May 2, 2014

The Cambridge Public Health Department, through its Let’s Move Cambridge and Cambridge in Motion campaigns, has awarded mini-grants totaling $5,000 to local organizations to develop activities that promote healthy eating and physical activity.

“These small grants have once again inspired creative and thoughtful ideas from the Cambridge community.  We are especially pleased that so many of the funded projects are focused on kids and seniors,” said Josefine Wendel, MS, RD, a nutritionist with the Cambridge Public Health Department and coordinator of Let’s Move Cambridge.

The 2014 mini-grant awardees and their projects are:

  • Cambridge Community Center will host a garden program to teach children about growing food and healthy cooking.
  • Haggerty School students will compose and choreograph a birthday song and dance to support classroom birthday celebrations without sugary treats.
  • theMOVE will organize farm trips for Cambridge youth organizations.
  • Cambridge Senior Center will organize fishing and healthy barbeque trips to Castle Island.
  • Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs will sponsor an event for all DHSP preschool classrooms and families that will combine physical activities and a healthy lunch.
  • Fletcher Maynard Academy will create and promote recess “kits” (bags filled with jump ropes, balls, chalk, and other items for active play) to encourage physical activity at recess and in the after-school program.
  • Fletcher Maynard Community Schools will offer Bollywood-style dance classes for adults.
  • MetaMovements will host a free evening of salsa instruction, performances, social dancing, and fun health activities in a Cambridge park.
  • North Cambridge Senior Center will sponsor a free belly dance class for seniors.

The mini-grants are co-funded by the Cambridge Public Health Department and the three Whole Food Market stores in Cambridge. The mini-grant program, now in its third 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 about Let’s Move Cambridge or Cambridge in Motion, contact Josefine Wendel at jwendel@challiance.org or 617-665-3765.

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Let’s Move Cambridge is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s national campaign to reduce childhood obesity, and is based at the Cambridge Public Health Department.  Local partners include the Cambridge Public Health Department, the Department of Human Service Programs, the Cambridge Public Schools, and the Healthy Children Task Force.

Cambridge in Motion, based at the Cambridge Public Health Department, works locally to increase opportunities for residents to eat better and move more in the places they live, learn, work, and play. Cambridge is among 52 Massachusetts cities and towns that are part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Program. Cambridge in Motion is working to support the implementation of Complete Streets policies and a Healthy Markets program, as well as improve access to farmers’ markets, increase opportunities for active living, and improve school nutrition initiatives so that the healthy choice will be the easy choice for Cambridge residents.

Whole Foods Market, founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company's motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement.

Updated on June 24, 2014


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