Healthy U representatives dropped into businesses and organizations throughout the community on May 16, and handed out prizes to employees who have arrived by bicycle to work. May is National Bicycle Month, with May 12-16 National Bike to Work Week. National Bike to Work Day was May 16.
“We really wanted to offer an incentive to people in our community to participate in National Bike to Work Day,” said Stephanie Fraley, community outreach coordinator at Bothwell Regional Health Center and co-chairwoman of the Healthy Living Action Group, which is responsible for Healthy U. “Hopefully, those who ride into work on May 16 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 visit participating Sedalia businesses on May 16 armed with a variety of prizes including $5 gift certificates, pool passes, and cycling accessories. Prizes will be handed out randomly to those who ride their bicycles to work.
To be eligible, a photo of the employee(s) who have biked to work must be posted to the Healthy U Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HUPettisCounty or emailed to HUPettiscounty@gmail.com.
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 aims to help increase activity levels in the daily lives of our community members. While bike to work day is just one day, we hope that participants will continue to ride their bikes, even just a few days a week—for transportation to work, for exercise, and for enjoyment,” said Megan Webb, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist for the University of Missouri Extension and Healthy Living Action Group Co-Chair.
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, and University of Missouri Extension.
Healthy U sponsors include HLAG agencies and Total Fitness Gym, The Sedalia Body Shop, Ditzfeld Transfer, Curves, State Fair Community College, Bodyworks Day Spa, Pro-Velo, and Pittsburgh Corning.
For more information, contact Stephanie Fraley at (660) 827-9138 or firstname.lastname@example.org.