According to Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN, sugar makes up 16% of young people in America’s diet. Not only is this contributing to a staggering number of overweight and obese youngsters but is also being linked directly to cancer and stroke. It is vitally important that we all do our part to get involved. To get young people educated on what their eating and drinking and how it affects them today and in 20 years from now. The goal is to inspire them to take action and to make small steps today, as we know eating better and getting more active over time will yield great results in the long-term. Here are a number of pictures from our team’s two visits to Poway Unified last week. The tour continues with several more visits slated later this month, which is so fitting as May is National Bike Month! Get Moving…
The Ride to End Obesity tour continued yesterday with our team’s visit to Mesa Verde Middle School.
We had great participation during our interactive classroom presentation on nutrition, the importance of exercise, the components of BMX racing and bike and street safety. We followed the in-class portion with over an hour of on-bike time where the kids put their helmets on and took off, as they learned riding and turning techniques and had an opportunity to race one another. We had a special needs young man join us and he raised all of our spirits with his smile, as he took his turn.
We’re really excited about the number of kids we’ve helped and the number we have encouraged to make heather life choices. Stay-tuned for more school dates and districts to be announced, as our expansion is well underway.
Special thanks to our major sponsors; Chase, Wal*Mart & Barona Resort & Casino along with: Stay Strong, Goliath Financial, Vee Tire Co, Answer Racing, Shimano, ODI, Kicker, KMC, Stealth. #bmxinschools #ridetoendobesity
Special thanks to Emily Sorensen with Pomerado News Group for her continued coverage of our Ride to End Obesity Program. With Education Board Trustees, other philanthropists, and sponsors present at last week’s session at Valley Elementary School, the plan to expand the Ride to End Obesity Program has already begun. Expect to see a number of healthier youngsters in the Poway Unified District!
Round 1 of the Ride to End Obesity program kicked off successfully today at Black Mountain Middle School in the Poway Unified School District. Kids engaged in conversations about nutrition, staying hydrated, bike and street safety, aspects of training, and components of BMX Racing. Following the discussion, all of the kids were invited to try their hands at riding first-hand. The kids rode in and out of obstacles, as we witnessed their posture improve with each lap. Immediately we could see a surge in confidence. There were no shortage of smiles especially on Sara’s face, as she learned to ride a bike today for the first time. We may not change kids overnight, but we are committed to encouraging them to make healthier choices and to get outside and move. The play deficit in America is frightening and it’s time we get our local youth back in the game with movement. The team will be back on the road visiting another school next week.
Stay tuned for more updates.
Special thanks to both Barona & Wal*Mart for supporting this project. We’re looking forward to kicking off the “Ride to End Obesity” program mid March 2014!