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November 11, 2007

Flavors of Fall

While the organization benefiting from Flavors of Fall changes every year, Schiavone says his group works with community leaders to learn about local organizations “that are doing great work, but that might not be in the public spotlight or have access to the resources that large nonprofits have.” For the 2007 event, Cambridge City Councilor Craig Kelley introduced BostonChefs to CYCLE Kids.

Launched in 2004, CYCLE Kids is dedicated to teaching children how to adopt a healthier lifestyle through bicycling. Through its multifaceted curriculum, children learn, for example, about physics by understanding how the bicycle’s gearing mechanisms work; community safety and rules of the road by going on bike rides with local police officers; and good nutrition through discussions about what kinds of foods give their bodies enough energy to ride their bikes.

Founder and executive director Julianne Idlet says her “whole philosophy” is to involve communities and families in creating “healthy lifestyles on all levels: intellectual, emotional and physical.”

“I’m psyched!” says Rachel Klein, chef of Om Restaurant and Lounge, also in Harvard Square, and one of the participants in Flavors of Fall. A new mom of a four-month old son, Klein says she sees CYCLE Kids as a way to combat “too much TV and lethargic stuff going on.”

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