Go ride a bike!

Ride a Bike to Work Day was this week. Fat chance (pun intended) for most of us. Our communities just don’t support regular physical activity. Take a look at morning rush hour in the fourth largest city in the Netherlands.

Is it any wonder that as many as one-third of all American children are obese? According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, “Obesity is among the easiest medical conditions to recognize but most difficult to treat.”

Now state reports and a research brief funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and released by the Harvard Prevention Research Center show how transportation dollars can help improve community health.

Parents as Teachers promotes nutrition and fitness for preschool children through parental education and role modeling. Wouldn’t it be great if every community could look like Utrecht…even in winter? (Watch for the little kids in baskets in this video!)


2 thoughts on “Go ride a bike!

  1. Madeline

    Wow, and I thought it was difficult to ride in snow and icy weather! I have a friend who rides her bike to work from south St. Louis to the MetroLink and on to Clayton a few days or when weather permits. She has lost a considerable amount of weight in the process. Riding to better fitness can and is being done by some Americans. Clearly, more of us (myself included) should challenge ourselves to join in the fun.

  2. sarah

    I ride year round in St. Louis for not just my work commute but every where. My son (10 y/o ) rides with me when we have to go places. I am so envious of the Dutch Feitspad system (the bike side walk w/ theirown traffic controls). But then if a plump middle aged woman and her kid can do it in the mid-west then ANYONE can. The Dutch even look stylish doing it, I haven’t mastered that yet.

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