Biking for a Healthier Community!
Guest post from Chad Johnson – the St. Cloud Area YMCA’s Health and Wellness Director, personal trainer and a Lifestyle Coach for the I CAN Prevent Diabetes program.
Saturday morning, about 7:00am, just waking up for my morning coffee - I looked out the window at the busy streets below. I wished to see a street full of bikers, runners and walkers instead of cars and trucks…and, more cars and trucks! For a moment I imagined what it would be like in Minneapolis…St. Paul…or, Duluth where it’s an every day occurrence to see people walking, running and biking to go places. Oh how I wish this was our community and every community!
Don’t get me wrong, St. Cloud has made leaps and bounds in becoming a healthier city. I am very proud to represent Wellness at the St. Cloud Area Family YMCA, and I will never give up on continuing the journey on helping my home town community!
One of the ways I am able to do this is through the Bernick’s Family Fitness Series. This series of events is presented by the St. Cloud Area Family YMCA in conjunction with the St. Cloud Times and 104.7 KCLD! Our goal with this series is to give families an opportunity to try fun, seasonal, family-friendly events that all ages can enjoy.
Coming up on May 19th, the Wells Fargo River Ride Bike Event (formerly the BLEND Bike Parade) will take place at the St. Cloud Area Family YMCA! This community event combines the River Ride Bike Parade and the Mayor’s Bike Ride in one giant Bike Celebration!
This event is designed to get families out and active while educating everyone on bike safety and how to commute through the city. There will be a 10 mile ride and a 3 mile bike parade! What I am most proud of with this event is that the route will mainly take place on designated bike routes through the city. This is such a vital piece to the event because we want this community to understand that biking can be something done on a daily basis. It will improve your health while saving gas money at the same time!
It is required that all participants wear a helmet and follow all street laws while biking.
Keep a look out for upcoming Bernick’s Family Fitness series events!
• Anderson Trucking Service, Inc. Family Field Day, August 11th, 2012
• Health Partners Wishbone Walk/Run, Thanksgiving Day, 2012
The Wells Fargo River Bike Event and Anderson Trucking Service, Inc. Family Field Day are part of the BLEND Fit Kids Club Series! The BLEND Fit Kids Club Series awards prizes to kids (14 years and younger) for getting active and participating in area fitness events!
Hope to see all of you out there supporting our community’s health!
Thank you and good luck!
Health and Wellness Director
St. Cloud Area Family YMCA