What a great way to add some innovative, community-wide exercise on personal level. The challenge is simple. Get out there and ride your bike!
Whether you ride your bike for work or play, to save money on gas or help save our environment, National Bike Month is an opportunity to clean the dust off that bike and get pedaling! Don’t have a bike? No problem! Austin’s bike share program (RED BIKE) will be rolling out bicycles around town on May 1. The rules are simple; Ride, Respect, Return. With the support of many hard working volunteers, the goal is to have around 60 bikes available to make riding convenient and accessible to all. Bicycling is a simple way to improve your health and an opportunity to build lasting relationships with others who enjoy it with you.
We at the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) are working on ways to increase health and wellness through innovation constantly. We partner with worksites to explore healthy eating and increased physical activity opportunities. Local schools are exploring ways to increase physical activity with our children both in the classroom and during recess on days when it is not feasible to go outside. Health care workers meet continuously to discuss how we can grow the linkages between health care and our communities to better serve our high need populations. Finally, our local ag producers are hard at work planting produce for all of us to enjoy at local Farmers’ Markets.
So whether it’s taking your bike to work instead of driving your car or trying out some new produce at the
Farmers’ Markets, let’s all try to be a little innovative and find ways to improve our health at the same time. It’s a win win for everyone!
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