4/6/2010, 8:55 p.m.
Obesity rates in America have tripled in the past 30 years. One in three children in America is overweight or...

The “Get Fit Pass” will allow children who are overweight and at risk for coronary disease to have a safe environment in which to exercise and also help them learn how important physical fitness is to their health, Cruthird said. She also hopes that the “Get Fit Pass” will raise awareness about childhood obesity and change kids’ behavioral habits, build self-esteem and get them excited about getting — and staying — in shape.  

With the $250,000 grant, one of the goals for Body By Brandy 4 Kidz is to double the number of kids it serves annually to 400. To accommodate these numbers, the facility would purchase approximately $50,000 in “child-size” equipment for the participants.

To make the “Get Fit Pass” idea a reality, Cruthird and the Boston Public Schools need your vote. “If we’re able to get people in the community to vote, this partnership will be unreal,” Cruthird said. “This grant has the potential to ‘change a kid’s life one workout at a time. ’ ”

Voting began April 1, but will continue through the end of the month. To vote for the “Get Fit Pass” idea, visit www.refresheverything.com/bbb4kidz. The idea with the most votes at the end of the month wins the requested amount of funds. As an incentive, voters who print out proof of their vote are eligible to receive a free seven-day pass to the Body By Brandy fitness facility in Roxbury.

To learn more about Body By Brandy 4 Kidz, visit www.bodybybrandy.com or call 617-442-2187.