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2015 Nutrition and Physical Activity Mini-Grants Awarded to Cambridge Organizations

May 12, 2015

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.

“We had a great response to the mini-grant opportunity this year, and were very impressed by the quality of the proposals we received from the Cambridge community,” said Josefine Wendel, MS, RD, Manager, Nutrition Programs, with the Cambridge Public Health Department. 

The 2015 mini-grant awardees and their projects are:

  • The Baldwin School will offer yoga classes for second grade students.
  • The Cambridge Community Center will fund handball nets for its youth sports league so that handball games can be hosted at home and more youth will be able to participate.
  • CRLS cheerleaders will receive nutrition education and healthy snacks to improve athletic performance.
  • Food for Free will provide ready-to-heat meals as part of the new monthly food pantry at the Kennedy Longfellow School.
  • Fresh Pond Apartments will offer weekly onsite physical activity and healthy snacks to the children of residents.
  • The Guidance Center will offer nutrition and physical activity as part of a staff self-care program.
  • Haggerty Preschool will purchase equipment for indoor physical activity.
  • Rise-Up will include physical activity as part of an academic support program for incoming ninth graders, linking them to high school sports teams and club sports.
  • Science Club for Girls will send a staff member to an Appalachian Mountain Club training who will then organize two hiking trips for club members.
  • Windsor Street Health Center will host nutrition and cooking classes for Haitian patients with diabetes.

The 2015 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 fourth 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.

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Let's Move! Cambridge is part of the national campaign, spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama, to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. On February 7, 2011, Cambridge officially signed on to be a Let’s Move city. The Cambridge campaign is based at the Cambridge Public Health Department. Local Let’s Move partners have been active in promoting a healthy lifestyle for children and families for many years.

Cambridge in Motion aims to create an environment that makes it easier for residents and people who work in the city to eat healthy and be physically active. This initiative is part of the statewide Mass in Motion initiative and funded in part by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

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.

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Suzy Feinberg, MPH
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617-665-3833
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