Brandy Cruthird (c), founder and owner of Body By Brandy Fitness Center, is joined by dozens of youth in the On My Way, On My Bike program. The new fitness and self-esteem initiative is a collaboration between Bikes Not Bombs, the city of Boston and Body By Brandy Fitness Center. (Eric Esteves photo)
After nearly 20 years providing fitness, health and wellness services in Boston's urban community, owner Brandy Cruthird has announced that Body By Brandy Fitness Center and Body By Brandy 4 Kidz will close its Dudley Square headquarters at the end of October.
Cruthird opened Body By Brandy Fitness Center on Washington Street in Roxbury's Dudley Square in March 1996, offering fitness programming for adults and gym facilities for both individual and group exercise.
She said she was "motivated by a void in the availability of services that increase awareness of healthy lifestyles in communities of color."
A growing interest in the health of children and youth led her to launch Body By Brandy 4 Kidz, one of the first fitness centers in the Boston area devoted to children, in 2006. As part of a key collaboration with Children's Hospital of Boston, doctors at the hospital wrote prescriptions for fitness and wellness training at Cruthird's fitness centers for overweight and obese children.
It’s Friday afternoon and children are lining up to enter Healthworks at Codman in Dorchester’s Codman Square to watch demonstrations on the “sport wall” — a light-up, interactive wall that keeps score and has buttons to encourage movement for different games. The children also excitedly move to the beat of Xerdance, a wall-sized interactive game where agility skills are required to keep up with the music and dance steps. More »
Brandy Cruthird, owner of Body By Brandy Fitness Center and Day Spa is providing urban kids access to wellness through her summer bike program, On My Way, On My Bike. A spinoff of Body By Brandy 4 Kidz (BBB 4 Kidz) launched in 2006, the bike program is a collaboration with Bikes Not Bombs out of Jamaica Plain and Mayor Thomas Menino’s Roll It Forward initiative. More »
Obesity rates in America have tripled in the last 30 years. And locally, 35 percent of children under the age of 6 are overweight or obese, which is 15 percent more than the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More »