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School’s new biking program targets health, student focus

HUBER HEIGHTS — Junior high students at Huber Heights’ Weisenborn school will soon have the opportunity to participate in a new bicycling program as part…

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HUBER HEIGHTS — Junior high students at Huber Heights’ Weisenborn school will soon have the opportunity to participate in a new bicycling program as part of their physical education curriculum, as part of the Riding for Focus initiative.

Developed by a California-based nonprofit called Outride, the Riding for Focus program promotes cycling as an outlet for students with the goal of improving cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional wellbeing. The PE program is available for purchase by school districts across the country, and Outride offers a competitive grant application to allow access in under-resourced communities.

Bill Reinhart, a teacher at Wayne High School, was instrumental in helping the district draft a grant proposal to bring the program to Huber Heights. Last month, district administration received word that the grant request was approved.

“This is designed to help students perform better in school by riding bicycles,” Reinhart said, adding that the program provides everything needed — around 30 mountain bikes, helmets, curriculum, and teacher training.

Reinhart said a board member of the Miami Valley Mountain Biking Association approached him with the idea.

“(The association) was looking to increase diversity in mountain biking … and Huber Heights is a very diverse community,” he said.

A lifelong fan of biking, Reinhart was quickly on board with what the program had to offer.“I’ve been riding since I was a young kid and I’ve always loved the joy of riding bikes,” he said. “I’m also a Type 1 diabetic and have always had good luck keeping by blood sugar under control. Looking […]

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