The Healthy Fond du Lac 2020 Steering Committee is looking to put bicycles to a good use in 2020 as they coordinate a Community Bike Day event on Saturday, May 2. However, even those that time seems a distance away, the committee is seeking community assistance in early February 2020.
For on February 21 and 22, the committee will be accepting bike donations - gently used and new - for area youth. The goal set is 50 bicycles.
Living Well Fond du Lac Coalition members will be accepting bike donations at 83 W. Harbor View Drive, at the corner of Harbor View and Doty, from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22.
All bicycles will be reviewed with any necessary repairs being done with the goal to donate to children with financial means to purchase a bike, and ideally could be used to get to school. Input is being sought through school officials.
Any child that is identified to receive a bicycle will attend the May bike day to complete safety training.
“Riding a bicycle can be an excellent fitness activity,” says Heather Schmidt, DO, family medicine physician and steering committee member. “Cycling puts much less stress on your joints, knees and hips than running or walking. For children, bikes represent fun, freedom and fresh air. Moreover, biking is a healthy pastime that kids will never outgrow.”
Here are some of the other benefits of cycling:
- Developing strength, balance and overall fitness
- Burning up calories
- Strengthening the heart, lungs, and lower-body muscles and bones
- Developing and strengthening the muscles surrounding the knees without impact
Most important, bicycling is a healthy outdoor activity that the entire family can enjoy together.
To learn more, call Joel Mason, an Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine physical therapist at the Fond du Lac Family YMCA, at (920) 921-3330, ext. 337 or Joel.Mason@ssmhealth.com.