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Innovative “Read And Ride” Program Aims To Tackle Childhood Obesity And Poor Literacy At Once

While at the gym, Scott Ertl, an elementary school counselor in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, had a bright idea to deal with the growing problem of childhood obesity and poor literacy.

“I bet a bunch of kids would find it fun to read while exercising… we could get some exercise bikes and give it a shot.”


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At first, Ertl and the high school principal put a single bike in the corner of a classroom. It was so well received by students that Ertl decided to get more.


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He used Craigslist and garage sales to get cheap exercise bikes, and put them in a spare classroom. Students were told to take a book of their choice to the 20 minute session — and “Read and Ride” was born.


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Read and Ride programs now exist in 30 states across the US — and data shows that the program is responsible for an improvement in reading test scores and proficiency.


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Find out more about this awesome program here.

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