Healthy Abbotsford Blog

Organize a Bike Rodeo to Keep Kids Healthy and SAFE!

Bicycling is a fun way to encourage children to be active and healthy.  However, cycling comes with it own set of hazards and any child who gets on a bike should be taught bike safety.  A Bike Rodeo is a fun and easy way to teach children how to safely ride their bike and enjoy all the benefits of cycling.

A bike rodeo is a bike obstacle course with a number of stations children navigate through on their bikes to learn the finer points of bike safety such as starting and stopping, scanning the road and making turns.  A bike rodeo will address common mistakes that most often results in accidents such as riding out of a driveway without stopping, or failing to look for stop signs. 

Running a bike rodeo can be simple with a little bit of planning.  Click here for all the information you need to organize a bike rodeo for your school, community or neighbourhood.

Here are some other bike safety resources you will find on this site:

  • Bike Safety Videos
  • How to Fit a Helmet
  • How to Choose a Bike
  • Tips for Parents
  • Bike Safety Presentations

Happy Pedalling!

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Abbotsford Taekwondo Inspires Kids to Live Healthy!

At the core of Abbotsford Taekwondo’s philosophy is the constant improvement of self, which includes not only skills in the Korean Martial art of Taekwondo but in all aspects of life from leading a healthy lifestyle to excelling in school!

Abbotsford Taekwondo just opened their doors in September of 2010 and so far has seen a great response from the community. Panna Bhatthal, the Program Coordinator, noted that the families registering their children in Taekwondo do so to encourage their children to be active and healthy.  Through coordinated movements of jumping, kicking and punching, Taekwondo improves flexibility, strength and endurance and with a focus on self improvement, participants of all ages and fitness levels can learn Taekwondo.

With over 25 years experience, Abbotsford Taekwondo’s Instructor, Amandeep Bhatthal, teaches the skills of Taekwondo in a fun and positive environment. The club’s philosophy is to encourage students to constantly improve themselves as a person by focusing on personal progress instead of comparing themselves to other students. Children in the classes not only improve fitness and coordination but they also build self esteem. “The kids are looking after themselves and want to be in good health…the best part is they love it and can’t wait until the next class”.

Abbotsford Taekwondo is a proud supporter of Healthy Abbotsford’s mission to inspire people in Abbotsford to live a healthy lifestyle.

For more information contact the Abbotsford Taekwondo Club at:

Abbotsford Taekwondo Club
13-31205 Maclure Rd,
Abbotsford, BC
V2T 5E5
Contact # (604)825-9345
www.abbotsfordtaekwondo.com

 Girl Kicking - Abbotsford Taekwondo

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Bike to Work with the Mayor on May 31st!

Abbotsford Cycling Action Group declares May 31 “Bike to Work with the Mayor Day”

As part of the Bike to Work Week festivities, Abbotsford Cycling Action Group declares Tuesday, May 31, 2011 “Bike to Work with the Mayor Day.”  Residents, and those who work in Abbotsford, are all invited to join Abbotsford Mayor George W. Peary as he cycles to work through Abbotsford.

“It is so great to see so many participants and organizations take part in Bike to Work Week this year,” says Mayor George W. Peary. “Incorporating physical activity in our daily routines can be challenging, which is why biking to work is so great. It keeps you physically fit, and it helps the environment by reducing the number of cars on our roads.”

In honor of this day, two group ride routes have been developed to allow residents coming from the east and west side of Abbotsford to join the ride conveniently. The two groups will connect at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre Celebration station where participants can enjoy snacks and free bike mechanics provided by Life Cycles Bike Shop. One large group ride will continue through the city and finish at Abbotsford City Hall, Thunderbird Memorial Square/Civic Plaza, at a big Celebration Station with some city-sponsored environmentally-friendly and healthy living information booths, wonderful refreshments, and possibly a transit bus bike rack demonstration.

Visit www.biketowork.ca/fraservalley for a list of designated meeting places and corresponding times to join the ride.

Bike to Work Week Fraser Valley runs May 30-June 5, 2011. Participants are encouraged to register at www.biketowork.ca/fraservalley for a chance to win a Rocky Mountain Metro donated by Life Cycles bike shop in Abbotsford, Chilliwack River Rafting Day Passes, Cycling Apparel, and many more prizes.

Bike to Work with the Mayor - May 31st

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Today is Move For Health Day – Make the Pledge!

Make a commitment to your health!   Click the Pledge, Print, Sign, Post and Get Active!

Move for Health

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Get Ready for Bike to Work Week: Plan a Safe and Enjoyable Bike Commute!

With Bike to Work week coming up May 30th – June 5th, now is the time to start planning your first commute on 2 wheels!

Biking to work or school is less intimidating if you feel prepared! Part of that preparation is planning out the safest and most enjoyable route. Thankfully the Abbotsford Cycling Action Group (ACAG) has made this easy through their interactive Abbotsford Bike Lane Map.

Features of the Map include…

  • Current bike lanes and paths in Abbotsford (Blue Lines)
  • Suggested connectors between bike lanes (Orange Lines)
  • Caution notes regarding tricky intersections or other hazards (Red Triangles)
  • Points of interest along the routes such as shopping and other amenities
  • Option to view in satellite mode and use Google street view to zoom in and actually see the terrain to plan accordingly

Additionally the ACAG provides a number of videos highlighting the various bike baths and trails in Abbotsford. Get a first hand look at what to expect when you hit the road.

Click here to view the Abbotsford Bike Lane Map

ACAG Abbotsford Bike Lane Map

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Walk n’ Roll…to Work…to School…to Shop…to Anywhere You Want to Go!

Abbotsford, Let’s Make it Healthy – Participate in Active Transportation! 

Now that the days are getting warming it’s time to give the car a break and your health a boost!  Walking or biking to work, school or shopping is an enjoyable and healthy way fit in your daily physical activity.  

What is Active Transportation?

Active Transportation includes all human-powered forms of travel, such as walking, cycling, in-line skating and skate boarding. Examples include walking to school, walking to or from the bus stop, cycling to work, walking to the coffee shop, skating to the park, and even strolling around downtown businesses.

Not only is active transportation good for the environment by getting more cars off the road, it is also great for your health and well-being.  Those who use active transportation to move from place to place increase their level of physical activity and reap the many benefits such as…

  • Increased energy
  • Improved fitness
  • Reduced stress
  • Increased self esteem
  • Reduced risk of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers

Active transportation is also more enjoyable then driving! A study by statistics Canada found that 19 % of cyclist found their commute the most enjoyable part of the day, while only 2% of drivers felt the same way.

Throughout the month of May visit healthyabbotsford.ca for tips and ideas to help you incorporate active transportation into your day. Here are a few links to get you started!

Kids on Bikes, Skate Board, Scooter

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