Bike to School Day

These are some of the students who participated in Bike to School Day.  (Herald News photo by Alejandro Cano)

Bicycle riding can be a fun and healthy activity -- and it also can help get students to their schools quickly.

That's what several young people found out on May 9 during an event celebrating International Bike to School Day.

The Fontana Unified School District partnered with the City of Fontana's Healthy Fontana Program to host the Bike to School Day to encourage physical activity.

Participants started at Seville Park at 7 a.m. and rode (or walked) to their local middle and elementary schools. A bicycle helmet was given to those who did not have one.

Biking to school allows children to incorporate needed regular physical activity into their day, according to a city news release.

Regular physical activity not only reduces the risk of chronic disease but has a positive impact on bones, muscles, and joints. Biking can also help build a healthy habit that will last a lifetime and create fond memories and experiences for those who participate.

Research shows that obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases in the United States and can be prevented by eating healthy and being physically active. These healthy habits can also reduce the risk of other chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

In 2016, Kaiser Permanente released a Community Health Needs Assessment Executive Summary for the Kaiser Foundation (KFH) Fontana and Ontario Medical Center Service Areas (MCSA). The summary documents health disparities and prioritizes areas of need for each community. In the KFH-Fontana MCSA, the rates of adult obesity and overweight was higher compared to the state of California. Similarly, the KFH-Fontana MCSA had a higher rate of youth obesity compared to KFH-Ontario MCSA, Southern California Medical Center Area, and the state of California.

Healthy Fontana is a community-based and award-winning program that promotes a healthy lifestyle to improve the quality of life for Fontana residents of all ages. For more information about Healthy Fontana, call (909) 350-6542 or visit healthy@fontana.org.

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