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August 14, 2013

CYCLE Kids founder Receives President’s Council on Fitness Community Leadership Award

Cambridge, MA—The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) has selected CYCLE Kids founder Julianne Idlet to receive a 2013 PCFSN Community Leadership Award.  The award is given annually to individuals or organizations who improve the lives of others within their community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness or nutrition-related programs. 

In 2004, Julianne founded CYCLE Kids, a nonprofit that teaches 4th and 5th graders to ride bikes and make smart food choices. CYCLE Kids provides all the tools/materials the schools and community centers need to be successful -- bicycles, helmets, CYCLE Kids Student & Parent Guides, and curriculum/training for teachers and police officers. CYCLE Kids has educated and inspired over 5,000 children and their families to be more active and continues to reach over 1,100 children a year.  To date, Julianne has established and sustained 26 CYCLE Kids programs in Metro Boston, New York City, Corpus Christi, TX and Atlanta, GA. Once kids go through the program, they want to be more active, their parents feel more confident letting them ride to school, the school builds more bike racks, and the town supports bike initiatives, which all lead to a healthier community.

 “Julianne has worked tirelessly to promote the importance of physical activity and/or good nutrition throughout the community,” says Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. “Because of Julianne’s efforts and contributions, countless individuals can benefit from a healthier, more active lifestyle.  Together we are all working to make our nation a healthier one.”

This year, the President’s Council presented the Community Leadership Award to 34 recipients across the country for making sports, physical activity, fitness, and nutrition-related programs available in their communities.

About the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
The President’s Council educates, engages and empowers all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. PCFSN is a committee of volunteer citizens who advise the President through the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Through its partnerships with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, PCFSN promotes programs and initiatives that motivate people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to lead active, healthy lifestyles. For more information about the Council, visit www.fitness.gov and follow us on Twitter @FitnessGov.

 

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