Lewes — Six high school students riding bikes home from school en masse is a throwback to a time long forgotten. It shouldn’t be headline news that students bike home from school, but in this car-crazy world, it’s unusual to see teenagers on bicycles.
To drive – that is to bike – home a point, bike advocates, school and elected officials gathered May 4 at Cape Henlopen High School to celebrate National Bicycle to School Day, which officially took place May 9. It was a time to reach a captive audience of high school students to talk about the importance of lifetime fitness and healthy eating habits.
John Ray, Delaware Department of Education physical and health education specialist and a former Cape High principal, said 40 percent of students in Delaware are overweight or obese. “This is way too high, and it’s something you can do something about,” he told the students gathered in the Cape gymnasium. “The goal of physical education is fit for life, and it’s important that you all take that challenge.”
“We are incredibly fortunate to live in a community that has adopted trails and adopted fitness,” said Cape Superintendent Kevin Carson. He said students do better in class and better in life if they choose a daily fitness regime combined with healthy eating habits. “Life will be a lot better for you if you take care of yourself everyday and every decade,” he said. [Continue reading …]
Photo above features Anthony Aglio, DelDOT’s Bicycle Coordinator on left, and Dan LaCombe, a Planner with DelDOT, leading the pack. By Ron MacArthur