Late December News Tidbits

  • Cycling rates are on the upswing! An encouraging article at Governing.com about the rise in bicycles’ popularity. The author points out the need to view bikes as a means of active transportation and not simply a form of recreation (though they are fabulously fun to ride too – bonus!).
  • Childhood obesity prevention in the Southeast – A new campaign aims to “prevent childhood obesity in low-income communities across the southeast”.  This program will focus on promoting healthy eating and physical activity in schools and communities. It will use “students as mentors” and encourage youth to share what they learned at school with their family. The southeast is in great need of more programs such as this – I am excited to bring the School Food Tour to this region.
  • Recipes for Healthy Kids contest – Entries to this USDA competition are due on December 30. Supported by Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, this program is designed to “introduce exciting new recipes into the National School Lunch Program”. Each category’s top scoring recipes will be published in a cookbook for students and families.

Ikea Gifts 12,400 Bikes to Employees!

Ikea is giving a grand gift to its employees this Holiday season – a bicycle. This grey, commuter-friendly bike supports Ikea’s efforts to cultivate healthy living habits in its employees. As expected, the bikes require self-assembly. MSNBC reports the news here.

Now if we can just get Ikea to follow up this gift by providing a helmet, a bike safety check, education about riding on the road and ensure secure bike parking at its stores…

Yay bikes!