Everyone is a CYCLE Kid: Commitment of Communities to Eliminate Childhood Obesity
November 4, 2010
CYCLE Kids Inc., a Cambridge based non-profit organization that created an obesity prevention program centered on physical activity and nutrition, is holding its first annual gala, "Everyone is a CYCLE Kid: Commitment of Communities to Eliminate Childhood Obesity." Over 200 business, government and community leaders will gather to raise money to implement the CYCLE Kids program in Cambridge public elementary schools giving more than 500 students - in just the first year - the opportunity to be happy and healthy. CYCLE Kids will be honoring Joseph Curtatone, the Mayor of Somerville, MA The Mayor's work and dedication to end childhood obesity and his advocacy for the CYCLE Kids program. Mayor Curtatone was recently called upon by Michelle Obama for his work on the subject and was an honorary attendee at First Lady Obama's kick-off "Let's Move!' event at the White House. First Lady Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative spotlights the severity of childhood obesity, providing new social and media platforms for communities to make changes, making the CYCLE Kids program more significant than ever. Founded in 2004 by Executive Director Julianne Idlet, the CYCLE Kids program integrates bicycling safety and the importance of making healthy food choices into 4th and 5th grade classrooms. The CYCLE Kids curriculum provides a tangible solution to this epidemic and improves self-confidence of children, increases their opportunity for physical activity, and helps spread the message of healthy living to kids and their families.