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Menís Health League Awards $500 Mini-Grants

June 6, 2014

In celebration of Men’s Health Month this June, the Men’s Health League has awarded $500 mini-grants to five local groups seeking to improve the health of Cambridge men and boys.

The Men’s Health League, based at the Cambridge Public Health Department, is a comprehensive men’s wellness program that promotes routine screenings, fitness and a healthy diet, and regular visits to a physician.

Men’s Health League mini-grant recipients and their projects are:
  • Citizens of the World: This project will support Russell Youth Community Center’s Sunday Fun Day program to promote healthy living for boys.
  • Area IV Youth Center Boys II Men Summer Program: This project will educate 20 young men of color who attend the Area IV Youth Center and participate in the Boys II Men Summer Program about healthy living, including nutrition and physical activity.
  • Union Baptist Church of Cambridge Men’s Program: This project will support the Union Baptist Church of Cambridge program, “Taking Care of Our Lives, Our Health, Our Future,” which helps men make healthy lifestyle choices when it comes to nutrition and exercise.
  • Baby University Fatherhood Program: This project will offer free workshops on healthy eating and active living for fathers who have completed the Baby U program.
  • Cambridge Community Television and Maurice Wilkey Enterprises: This video project aims to engage men of color in dialogue about racial health disparities.
Cambridge kicked off Men’s Health Month with a Boys to Men Leadership Brunch on May 31, hosted by the Men's Health League and Men of Color Task Force.  The event featured a panel discussion on education, health, and the criminal justice system.

On June 14, the Men’s Health League, in partnership with the Men of Color Task Force, is hosting the 21st annual Hoops ‘N’ Health sports tournament and health fair at Hoyt Field in Cambridge. The event will feature a basketball tournament, health information and screenings, live entertainment, free food, cooking demonstrations, and prizes. Rain date: June 21.

For more information about the Men’s Health League, contact Albert Pless at the Cambridge Public Health Department at 617-665-3830 or apless@challiance.org.

Cambridge Men’s Health Month Activities

Hoops ‘N’ Health

Saturday, June 14
Hoyt Field (Gilmore St. & Western Ave.), Cambridge.  This sports tournament and health fair is free and open to the public. Men’s basketball tournament: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; health fair: 12 p.m.–5 p.m. For more information, contact Richard Harding at 617-665-3769 or rharding@challiance.org. Rain date is Saturday, June 21.

Men’s Health League Bike Ride
Saturday, June 21
9 a.m.—11 a.m. Join the Men’s Health League for a bike ride on the Minute Man Bike Trail (ride from Cambridge to Lexington). Ride starts at beginning of the Minute Man trail near the Alewife T station. Free and open to all. For more information or to RSVP, contact Tracey at tfredricks@challiance.org.

Fit For Life
Now recruiting for August
Are you at risk for heart disease or diabetes? Is your friend, brother, or father overweight? If so, the Fit For Life program may be a great first step toward taking better care of your health. This effective, free 12-week program includes gym access, education for men around nutrition, fitness and other issues, group and individual workshops, and a mentor to help keep you on track. The next session begins in August. For more information, contact Derek Arledge at 617-665-3686 or darledge@challiance.org.

Navigated Care
Now accepting referrals
If you are a man who needs health insurance, a primary care physician, or help making and keeping doctor’s appointments, then Navigated Care can help you get on track towards better control of your health. For more information, contact Derek Arledge at 617-665-3686 or darledge@challiance.org.

Fitness Brothers
Now recruiting for September
This free 10-week program is open to groups of up to four men who want to become more physically active. Men choose their own sport or activity, and will learn about fitness training and men’s health issues. The most active team will win four Red Sox tickets. For more information, contact Richard Harding at 617-665-3769 or rharding@challiance.org.


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