Kudos to the Nova Scotia government for taking some positive steps towards helping our young people get into shape. They have created The Thrive strategy which will encourage in-school and after-school physical activity.
According to a study by St. Francis Xavier University researchers, about 30 per cent of children aged 2 to 17 are overweight or obese in Nova Scotia. Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief public health officer, says that “the focus is not to get kids involved in sports, but physical activities”. Pedal power generated bikes can help solve this problem in our schools, and perhaps in day cares, too. Children of all ages who can pedal a bike can get in shape, learn their ABC’s and reduce green house gas emissions all at the same time. They can also be pedaling while hooked up to electronic devices in class or at home. The Nova Scotia government would be wise to make pedal power generators part of their plan.