The City of Columbia held its first Bike-A-Thon for youths and teens Tuesday.
Wanda Austin, with the Parks and Recreation Department, says Columbia is one of ten cities in the U.S. to host the event to help fight childhood obesity.
“It's about raising awareness and showing them how they can stay healthy with just their normal, everyday play – riding their bike, jumping rope, playing basketball, swimming, all the things they do everyday just keeping moving,” Austin says.
“And we want to involve the whole family because we know that our parents are the ones that buy the food that our children eat. So we want to educate them as well as to how the things they bring into their home affect how their children grow and learn.”
Austin says the Bike-A-Thon kicks off two days of activities, including healthy cooking demonstrations, healthy living summits, games and live music.
The Bike-A-Thon was a 1.5-mile ride from the corner of Lincoln and Laurel Streets to the Drew Wellness Center.
Later, there was a Tricked Out Bike Contest, where students from elementary to high school spruced up their wheels for prizes and awards.
For more information on the activities Tuesday and Wednesday, check online at www.columbiasc.net or call Parks and Recreation at 545-3100.