Ride your bike to work, get a prize

May 7, 2013

in Local

Residents who ride their bicycles to work on May 17 may be rewarded for their exercise.

Healthy U, a community health and wellness initiative, in partnership with the City of Sedalia’s Smart Growth Committee are hosting Sedalia’s first-ever “Bike to Work Day.”

Healthy U representatives will drop into businesses and organizations throughout the community on May 17, and hand out prizes to employees who have arrived by bicycle to work. May is National Bicycle Month, with May 13 to 17 as National Bike to Work Week. National Bike to Work Day is May 17.

“We really wanted to offer an incentive to people in our community to participate in National Bike to Work Day,” said Sarah Nail, community outreach coordinator at Bothwell Regional Health Center and chairwoman of the Healthy Living Action Group, which is responsible for Healthy U. “Hopefully, those who ride into work on May 17 will see the benefit and try it again. It’s just another way to get our community moving and incorporating more physical activity into their daily lives.”

According to the League of American Bicyclists, more than half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work. Biking to work also builds morale and encourages camaraderie.

Members of Healthy U will randomly visit Sedalia businesses on May 17 armed with a variety of prizes including $5 Subway gift certificates, bicycle lights and other cycling accessories. Prizes will be handed out to those who ride their bicycles to work.

Business and organizations are also eligible to compete for group awards. The business or organization with the highest percentage of employees who bike to work will receive a lunch courtesy of Subway, and the group with the highest number of employees participating will get a bicycle rack installed at their place of work. To be eligible, a photo of the employees who have biked to work, along with the total number of people, must be posted to the Healthy U Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HUPettisCounty.

Additionally, the Sedalia Smart Growth Committee will be utilizing the day to gather data from participants about our community’s “bikeability” as it pertains to becoming a designated “Bicycle Friendly Community.” Participants will be asked to complete an electronic or paper survey detailing the highlights and downsides of their ride to and from work.

Healthy U is a project of the Healthy Living Action Group, which includes Bothwell Regional Health Center, Katy Trail Community Health, Pettis County Health Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri, Pettis County Community Partnership and University of Missouri Extension.

Healthy U sponsors include HLAG agencies and The Sedalia Body Shop, Elite Fitness, Total Fitness Gym, Backbone of Health, Woods Supermarket, Bodyworks Day Spa, Blue Ribbon Steering Committee, Pro-Velo, Champion Cycles, Pittsburgh Corning, Home State Health, LTL Corp., Healthcare USA, and Third National Bank.

For more information, contact Sarah Nail at (660) 827-9138 or snail@brhc.org or Bev Rollings at (660) 620-6841 or beverly@rollingsarchitects.com.

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