When KinderBike moved its operations to the U.S. in early 2005, our intent was simple: Introduce the balance-first method of bicycle training that had been immensely successful in Europe.
In the process, we discovered something important:
Get children riding early and you significantly improve fitness, activity and confidence levels in their most crucial early development years.
Cycling brings families together. But it also affords children a head start on a healthy lifestyle and a unique view of the world that they might not otherwise get to see.
Perhaps that is reason enough.
Not so wonderful fact...
Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of all children in the U.S. are obese. Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children has tripled.
Being overweight during childhood increases the risk of developing high cholesterol, hypertension, respiratory ailments, depression and type 2 diabetes as a youth.
It doesn't have to be this way and we can reverse the upward trend of childhood obesity.
The benefits of cycling transcend childhood and promote a healthy lifestyle.
So, how can we change it?
Get kids regularly outside and involved in an aerobic activity. Whether its running, jumping, bouncing or climbing, almost any activity will be immeasurably beneficial. So, what about cycling?
Cycling encompasses a complete cardiovascular workout. The cycling motion keeps blood flowing to and from the heart and increases healthy circulation throughout the limbs. It is generally safer for the body than exercise that inflicts pounding on the knees, feet and joints. Finally, cycling enables young children to explore their beautiful surroundings and the wonderful world around them.
incidence of Type 1 diabetes per each 1000 children
United States 23.7
Average PERCENTage OF overweight or obese children
United States 34.3
average PERCENTage OF obese ADULTS
United States 35.6
2010 Statistics from the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO)