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2018 Healthy Eating and Active Living Mini-Grants Awarded to Cambridge Organizations

August 3, 2018

The Cambridge Public Health Department, through its Cambridge in Motion campaign, has awarded a total of $6,500 in mini-grants to ten local organizations to develop activities that promote healthy eating and active living.

“We are inspired by the success of previous grantees and thrilled about this year’s projects, which range from expanding a neighborhood farm to engaging kindergartners in vigorous physical activity in the classroom,” said Dawn Olcott, MS, Manager of Nutrition Program Services for the Cambridge Public Health Department. 
Healthy eating and active living is one of the city’s four health priority areas. 
The 2018 mini-grant awardees and their projects are:

$1,000 Mini-Grant Recipients

  • Green Cambridge, Inc. The Hurley Street Neighborhood Farm, a community gardening initiative established in 2017, is offering monthly workshops to residents (April to September) and will pursue installation of beehives.The farm project also received a 2017 mini-grant.
  • Kennedy-Longfellow School will train teachers how to use classroom “movement breaks” to help students learn to self-regulate, and will purchase suitable equipment for this activity. This program also received a 2017 mini-grant.  
  • Title IX Girls Running Club will expand its “Whole Girl Workout” program in partnership with Tutoring Plus of Cambridge to support the inclusion of girls age 9-15 from the Port neighborhood. 

$500 Mini-Grant Recipients 

  • Cambridge Community Center’s Winter Farmers Market on Callender Street will seek input from families who live in the surrounding Riverside neighborhood to learn how to make the market more accessible and inviting to neighborhood residents.
  • Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Extension Program will provide weekly opportunities for students to engage in physical activity led by a trained CRLS Extension alum. A nutritionist will offer six healthy eating education classes throughout the 2018-2019 school year. 
  • Cambridge Senior Center will provide a weekly strength training class to an established group of Haitian seniors.
  • The YWCA Cambridge will offer monthly “Mindful Meditation & Healthy Eating” workshops for women who live in YWCA housing. 
  • Homeowner’s Rehab Inc. (HRI) will host “Books and Breakfast” events for families with low-income living in HRI properties. The events, which will be held at seven HRI apartment buildings, will feature a healthy breakfast and free books for youth that celebrate and reflect cultural diversity. 
  • Kennedy-Longfellow School’s five kindergarten classrooms will purchase equipment and promote vigorous physical activity in the classroom.
  • The Morse School will purchase equipment for students to practice self-regulation through sensory/movement activities in a dedicated space. The school’s licensed occupational therapists will lead the activities. 
The 2018 mini-grants were funded by the Cambridge Public Health Department and the three Whole Food Market stores in Cambridge, which made a $5,000 donation. 
The mini-grant program, now in its seventh year, is a partnership of the Cambridge Public Health Department, the Healthy Children Task Force, and the Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council.
For more information, contact Dawn Olcott at the Cambridge Public Health Department, dolcott@challiance.org or 617-665-3809.

Suzy Feinberg, MPH
Public Information Officer

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