Active Plus and Harlem Cycle Partner to Raise Funds for Child Fitness and Obesity Prevention
Obesity a major risk factor for COVID-19, diabetes, and cancer
(NEW YORK CITY – May 25, 2020) – Active Plus, a nonprofit that provides free health and fitness education in the inner city, and Harlem Cycle, a local boutique indoor cycling studio, today announced a joint partnership to raise funds for Active Plus’ $10,000 fundraising goal for the month of June – tied to the nonprofit’s five year anniversary serving the community.
Active Plus was established in 2015 with the vision that historically vulnerable communities like Harlem and surrounding areas should no longer be denied access to good nutrition and fitness due to socio-economic status, lack of education or resources, or the unavailability of safe places for kids to be active and play. The nonprofit’s health and fitness programming are leveraged in schools and communities to improve public health outcomes. In 2019 alone, over 2,200 youth and over 1,300 adults attended an Active Plus program.
Harlem Cycle, Harlem’s first and only boutique indoor cycling studio that now offers total body workouts virtually, will host an online fitness class with all proceeds going to the Active Plus crowdfunding campaign to support its high impact programming. To sign up for the virtual June 2 class, please visit https://harlem-cycle.com/schedule and choose the 7PM class.
“I’m thrilled to work with Harlem Cycle to raise funds so that Active Plus can continue to deliver high quality, free health and fitness programming to New York City students and budding athletes,” said Tarik Kitson, MPH, Executive Director of Active Plus. “We are grateful for everyone who can mark our five year anniversary with a donation, and we look forward to serving the community in the years to come.”
“COVID-19 has left no industry or community untouched – especially for New Yorkers. While the pandemic has had an unfortunate impact to our business and to the fitness industry, we’re proud to be in a position to donate our time by hosting an online, donation-based class to raise money for Active Plus, which is doing incredible work for underserved families in and outside of Harlem,” said Tammeca Rochester, owner of Harlem Cycle.
“For years, chronic obesity has been a major risk factor and contributor to diabetes and several forms of cancer, and now obesity has been linked to poor outcomes in COVID-19 patients. Now more than ever, organizations like Harlem Cycle and Active Plus are necessary to teach lifelong skills in fitness and nutrition to prevent obesity and encourage healthy lifestyles,” continued Rochester.
Established in 2015, Active Plus educates school age children (and adults) to prepare them for a lifetime of health by disseminating information and skills relating to exercise, healthy food preparation, and obesity prevention. Fitness and nutrition instructors develop engaging routines in the classroom and online to encourage and nurture healthy lifestyles. Our vision is that every New Yorker, regardless of socio-economic status, should have access to high quality fitness and nutrition education.
About Harlem Cycle
Harlem Cycle is Harlem’s first and only boutique indoor cycling studio offering affordable, nonjudgmental and unique cycling and fitness experiences. We believe in a total body workout fueled with heart and soul.