Children's Hunger Alliance Cleveland reaches out to at-risk schoolchildren with its afterschool Food Folks program, a nutrition-education course that employs hands-on learning exercises to reinforce the concept of healthful eating through simple food preparation. For three months, weekly classes engage 25 schoolchildren ages 6–12 in fun activities that teach them to understand food labels and make quick and nutritious breakfasts. Constructing snacks such as trail mix and pita sandwiches helps students build the confidence to prepare healthful snacks on their own, and each Food Folks session includes a family night where children fix a meal for family members. More than 85 percent of students surveyed after attending the program demonstrated improvement in their knowledge of nutrition.
Uninitiated Indian foodies can enter the chambers of Taj Mahal's bountiful menu of flavorful fare with a safe yet savory sampling of garlic naan ($3.50) paired with a plate of deep-fried cutlets packed with mashed potatoes and veggies peppered in spicy herbs ($5). Main plates will satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike, with options ranging from boldly spiced chicken vindaloo pinched with lemon and vinegar ($15) to navrattan curry, which features nine garden-fresh friends hanging out in a simmering pool of yogurt, cashews, cream, and butter ($13). No matter the dish, you get to choose how much you'd like the chef to spice it up; specify whether you'd like it mild, medium, sporty, spicy, really spicy, or "Shiva's sweat," which requires you to sign a waiver first.
During their 20 years in the fitness industry, Nick and Sharon Osborne have watched countless gym members lose interest in monotonous workouts and detached trainers. The couple realized that a lack of external motivation caused this burnout, and they founded Go: Sports Performance Center on a foundation of personal training and motivational group fitness. A staff of hand-selected coaches cheerlead every student during they gym's group classes and provide free monthly one-on-one training sessions for members. Group classes put a handful of students through demanding athletic routines that mimic real-life activities, which strengthen muscles with natural actions less likely to produce injury. Trainers and members furnish their one-on-one workouts with the gym's ample equipment, which includes kettlebells, battling ropes, sledgehammers, and machines such as the Power Plate. To help achieve goals such as weight loss, improved athletic performance, and increased strength, each member gets access to nutrition and fitness software that helps them plan healthful meals without going to the trouble of hacking into the Food Network's mainframe.
Armed with 21 years of training in various athletic disciplines and multiple certifications through organizations such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Jason Yun helps clients to mow down calories. With his assistant coaches Rick Locke, Bob Benden, and Bob Carleton, he bolsters the physical prowess and mental focus of students during multi-week boot camps. In addition to the camp, he teaches advanced classes such as Kettlebell Khaos or the blazingly fast-paced YunFit. In the latter, Yun shouts out a series of cardio and strength-training commands such as “pushup,” “squat,” or “go home and make a wheatgrass smoothie.”
Resounding kicks and punches ring out across Equivita's 3,000-square-foot private studio as seasoned boxing instructor Christopher Yeoman uncovers six-pack abs in 60-minute Kick Ass Cardio classes. The sessions, which take place multiple times a week, lead fit-seekers through a high-intensity series of punches, kicks, and fast-paced boxing maneuvers designed to build strength, defeat stress, and teach participants how to land blows on punching bags without risking injury. Yeoman's full-body workout blends speed training, mixed martial arts, and strength building, resulting in figures slim enough to fit through a doggie door.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
Momo2 encourages friends and families to pummel bowling pins, execute pool-trick shots, and belt out classic karaoke tunes. Patrons can quell belly rumblings with selections from Momo2's expansive menu of pub fare and drinks while comrades compete for lane supremacy on one of four bowling lanes ($2.50–$4.50/person). Brush up on geometry at the alley's twin pool tables ($2–$3.50 for an hour/person) and wear bowling shoes ($3/person) while tapping the eight ball in accordance with new regulations from the U.S. Department of Billiards. Aspiring singers can perform renditions of more than 90,000 songs in 10 different karaoke rooms of varying sizes ($25/hour for a medium room). Each karaoke room delights visitors with unique decor, such as a wall-mounted black hole that occasionally summons the specter of Elvis for a duet.