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October 26, 2011

Everyone is a CYCLE Kid

CYCLE Kids Hosts Second Annual Fundraiser Celebrating the Education of Children to Lead More Active, Confident, and Curious LivesCambridge, Massachusetts, October 27, 2011 – CYCLE Kids Inc. a Cambridge based non-profit organization that aims to end childhood obesity by implementing an innovative cycling-based physical activity and nutrition curriculum for physical education and literacy classes, is hosting its second annual fundraiser on November 3, 2011 at The Loeb House at Harvard University.

Guests will enjoy a food & wine tasting format of creative dishes prepared by acclaimed local chefs, eateries, and specialty shops. Guests will mix and mingle over a selection of craft beers unique wines and specialty cocktails while enjoying a performance by Krokodiloes, the Harvard a capella group, a speaker portion and live auction led by special guest, Robin Young, host of NPR’s “Here and Now." All proceeds from the gala go directly toward implementing new programs in metro Boston communities.

Unfortunately, it is a fact that today's children have a life expectancy of three to five years less than their parents. CYCLE Kids addresses the growing epidemic of obesity by offering a cycling-based curriculum taught through physical education classes and after school programs for the 4th and 5th grades.  Currently, CYCLE Kids is a mandatory part of the 5th grade curriculum in twelve Cambridge schools and seven Somerville schools.
Julianne Idlet, the Founder and Executive Director of the CYCLE Kids organization, knows the importance of garnering community support and continuing to educate local communities about the continuing challenges that children face around physical fitness, nutritional health, literacy, and cycling safety. "I am thankful to the many partners, sponsors, and volunteers that make an event such as this possible. We are very excited to grow the CYCLE Kids program to further the impact and number of children being served, working to reverse the current trends in children’s health," said Julianne.

Who:
CYCLE Kids Inc. and Julianne Idlet, the Founder and Executive Director
Robin Young, Host of NPR’s Here and Now
Participating restaurants, chefs, local specialties include: Eric Gregory of Grafton Street, Paul O’Connell of Chez Henri, John & Jen Ziskin of La Morra, Dylan Black of Green Street, Danny Levesque of Atlantic Fish, Chef Bill Flumerfelt of Nubar, Aaron Butler of Russell House Tavern, Island Creek Oyster Shuckers, Formaggio Kitchen, Crema Café, Mariposa Bakery, and Valhrona chocolate.

What:
CYCLEKids, a nonprofit based out of Cambridge, is hosting its 2nd Annual Celebrity Chef Food & Wine Tasting. Tickets are $175, and proceeds go to funding the extension of the CYCLE Kids curriculum to all Boston Communities this year!

When:
Thursday, November 3, 2011, 6:30pm

Where:
The Loeb House (President’s Ballroom), Harvard University, 17 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

About CYCLE Kids:
The CYCLE Kids mission is to get children on bicycles and engage them in a physical activity that addresses the health and emotional issues facing today’s under-active, often overweight, children. Our program encourages confidence, curiosity, and independence and supports efforts to live more environmentally conscious lifestyles. CYCLE Kids teaches children a skill they will have for a lifetime. CYCLE Kids gives elementary schools and community centers an innovative program that helps children learn life skills that go beyond fitness and brings new excitement to school physical education classes and to a child's literacy lessons. The curriculum teaches 4th and 5th grade students bicycle safety and skills, how to make smart food choices, and encourages children and their families to live healthier lifestyles. For more information about CYCLE Kids visit www.cyclekids.org, or the CYCLE Kids blog.

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