A Maintenance-Free Bike—and 8 Other Health and Fitness Kickstarters to Know About Now


Priority Bicycle on Kickstarter

As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. The beauty of websites like Kickstarter is that things are invented (and funded) by people, for people. And trust me, these ingenious ideas are taking health and fitness to a whole new level. Plus, all of these Kickstarters are still funding, so if you see one you really like, you can contribute to the cause.

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Federal Donuts Teams Up To Launch a Kickstarter

rooster soup co.If you needed one more reason to love Federal Donuts, here it is: Federal Donuts is collaborating with Broad Street Ministry (BSM), a non-profit, to launch a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign will fund Rooster Soup Company, a gourmet soup restaurant where 100% of the profits will go to the Broad Street Ministry’s Hospitality Collaborative. BSM has been providing social services and meals (over 60,000  a year to be exact) to those in need in Philadelphia. Bill Golderer, founder and convening minister of BSM, spoke on the team up saying, “when unlikely collaborators like Broad Street Ministry and Federal Donuts join forces – new possibilities emerge. Getting in the game together leads us past helplessness, and allows us to envision radical new solutions.”

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Philly Mom Kickstarts Project to Teach Kids Baking and Foreign Language Skills at the Same Time

Mothers everywhere understand the conundrum. How do you coax kids off the couch and into a project that reaps more rewards than a marathon session of (dare I say it?) Yo Gabba Gabba!? The short answer? Cookies! The long answer? They’ve got to bake those suckers, and, hey, why not throw in some valuable cultural skills at the same time?

Enter Bakers’ Passport, Philly mom Meg Puglisi’s company that doubles as a baking lesson and foreign language tutorial. “As a parent, I know how important it is to expose children to cultures that may be different from their own. Language exploration is a perfect way to create a spark of interest in other cultures, and with Baker’s Passport, kids are learning while having fun.”

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New Documentary Will Chronicle Story of Defrocked Pa. Pastor Frank Schaefer

Schaefer stands in front of Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in South Lebanon Township.

Schaefer stands in front of Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in South Lebanon Township.

Producer Kate Logan (Kidnapped For Christ) recently started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary that would tell the story of Frank Schaefer, the Pennsylvania United Methodist minister who was defrocked late last year for officiating the same-sex marriage of his son. Here’s a clip from the Huffington Post in which the film’s director Scott Sheppard talks about what inspired the project, called An Act of Love, and how he hopes it will help:

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Skateboarding + Landscape Architecture + Urban Planning Mashup Hits Kickstarter

Franklin’s Paine Park is one of Philadelphia’s most exciting public space projects, in part because it can’t be easily categorized. It’s a mixed tape crafted by an unlikely crew — one that should probably be immortalized in a movie like Ocean’s 11. Partners include city and state commissions and departments, politicians; GPTMC; the Philadelphia Sports Congress; development corps; ad agencies; skate organizations; landscape/urban planners; and the ghost of Ed Bacon. Imagine Tony Hawk eloping with Babette Josephs, and you get the idea.

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