Nutrition Initiative Wins Let’s Move Grant

Let's Move is Michelle Obama's initiative to combat childhood obesity
Let’s Move is Michelle Obama’s initiative to combat childhood obesity.

The Cambridge Public Health Department, through its Let’s Move Cambridge and Cambridge in Motion campaigns, has awarded $500 mini-grants to CCSC and nine other local organizations to develop activities that promote healthy eating and physical activity to combat childhood obesity. The new grant will enable the school to build upon the successful healthy nutrition initiative launched this year by School Nurse Pamela Bajada and Director of Guidance and Counseling Vanessa Barrios. The two plan to expand the nutrition and cooking program into an extracurricular activity in 2013-14.

More about the Let’s Move mini-grants from the CPHD’s press release:

“To create a healthy city, it really takes the whole community,” said Josefine Wendel, RD, a nutritionist with the Cambridge Public Health Department and coordinator of Let’s Move Cambridge. “We are excited that so many Cambridge groups are committed to creating an environment in which the healthy choice is the easy choice.”

The mini-grants will help fund workshops on healthy eating and physical activity for Area 4 residents, an after-school cooking club, garden projects, farm trips for Cambridge youth, the purchase of tricycles for preschoolers, and other activities.

The Let’s Move Cambridge/Cambridge in Motion mini-grant awardees are:

• Cambridge Citywide Senior Center

• Cambridge Community Center

• Christian Mission Pentecostal Church

• Community Charter School of Cambridge

• East End House

• King Open Preschool

• Margaret Fuller House

• Meta Movements

• TheMove

• Transition House

The mini-grants are funded by the Cambridge Public Health Department through a Roadmaps to Health Prize award to Cambridge from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The mini-grant program 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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