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Bike to Work Class offered June 16

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Fort HealthCare is hosting a lunch and learn class to help interested community members learn effective ways to tackle the challenges associated with biking to work. Making the shift from driving to biking is a simple way to fit exercise into the busy professional’s schedule, but planning for the lifestyle change can be intimidating.

bike to Work logoThe Bike-to-Work class will be Thursday, June 16 at Noon in Fort Memorial Hospital’s Classroom B. Topics will include safety, route planning, bike maintenance, preparation and contingency plans. Light lunch will be provided.

The class will be led by Craig Ficenec, an avid biker and local resident. His family’s second vehicle is a bicycle, and he enjoys a daily bike commute along the Rock River from his home in Fort Atkinson to his job in Jefferson.

In addition to fuel expenses, insurance, maintenance and car payments there are genuine health benefits to making biking part of a routine. Biking can easily burn 600 calories per hour through brisk cycling. Most people report losing 15 to 20 pounds during the first year of biking, even without changing eating habits.

This class is an example of Fort HealthCare’s mission statement, "to improve the health and well-being of our community," in action. Biking to work displays commitment to health and wellness as well as Green living. For more information, contact Margaret Martin, Fort HealthCare’s sustainability coordinator or (920) 568-5154.