Did You Celebrate National Bike to School Day?
According to the American Heart Association, the rate of obesity in American children more than tripled between 1971 and 2011. Today, about one out of every three American children or teens is overweight or obese. This growing epidemic of childhood obesity and its potential health consequences prompted former Surgeon General Richard Carmona to say, “Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits, and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.”
In this age of computers and video games, it’s harder than ever to get kids out of the house to get some exercise. This, no doubt, contributes to the childhood obesity problem. But there’s a simple way to get kids to be more active and help out the planet at the same time—have them ride their bikes to school. That may sound like a novel idea now, but in the past it was quite common for kids to ride their bikes to school. As part of the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month, May 10th has been designated as National Bike to School Day. The purpose of the event is to encourage children to safely bike to school as opposed to being driven or bused. Of course, some kids are going to live too far away to ride their bikes to school, but for children who live within a mile or so, it’s a good way to incorporate some exercise into their daily routine.
May 10th has come and gone…this year. But children can (and should) safely bike to school whenever possible!
At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., we are passionate about bicycling and bicycle safety for the whole family. After a bicycle accident, be sure to protect yourself. If your child or any other family member has been injured or killed while riding a bicycle, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, funeral and burial expenses, and more. To get more information, call our Princeton, New Jersey offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation.
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