2015 Community Benefit Report - Page 7

BURNING RUBBER

HEALTHY KIDS PROGRAMS CHANGES LIVES , ONE BIKE AT A TIME
“ We probably ride our bikes four to five-ish times a week ,” says Teresa Herrera , 10 , proudly .
Her sister Alexa Herrera , 8 , agrees . “ We bike in the park and on the trails , but the best is when we bike with our dad at home . I love burning wheels !”
“ You mean you like burning rubber ,” corrects Teresa .
“ Same thing !” says Alexa .
The energetic sisters received their bikes almost three years ago through Children ’ s Hospital Colorado ’ s Bikes For Life program , launched in 2011 to help kids develop healthy lifestyle habits through bicycling , with support from a number of community partners .
In addition to Bikes For Life , Teresa and Alexa have been involved in Healthy Kids programs at Children ’ s Colorado like Camp Champions , a collaborative effort with the University of Colorado- Anschutz Health and Wellness Center to equip youth with healthy lifestyle skills and habits .
Run club and Share Our Strength ’ s program Cooking Matters , which Children ’ s Colorado coordinates in the community to improve nutrition knowledge and eating habits .
“ I like cooking now that we ’ ve done it here ,” says Alexa . “ Oh , I love kale chips ! But mostly I love blueberries .”
Prevention , education & outreach coordinators Laura Retzer and Maria Valenzuela say that in the three years they ’ ve known the girls , they ’ ve seen drastic changes in the way they think about exercise and eating healthy .
“ They ’ re more active and outgoing now ,” says Laura . “ They ’ re also taller … and sassier !”
The sisters are just two of the 200 + kids in the community that received bikes through the program in 2015 , and the joy it brings them , in addition to their increased level of activity , is undeniable .
When asked whether they like running or biking better , Alexa says , “ I like them both . I love all sports .” Teresa pipes up with a smile , “ Samesies !”
IN 2015

206

SPECIALIZED BIKES
DISTRIBUTED TO CHILDREN THROUGH BIKES FOR LIFE

181

HELMETS DISTRIBUTED
As part of its Healthy Kids initiatives , Children ’ s Hospital Colorado is a Youth Mental Health First Aid site .
They also participated in a Children ’ s Colorado-sponsored Girls on the
2015 Community Benefit Report 7
BURNING RUBBER HEALTHY KIDS PROGRAMS CHANGES LIVES, ONE BIKE AT A TIME “We probably ride our bikes four to five-ish times a week,” says Teresa Herrera, 10, proudly. Her sister Alexa Herrera, 8, agrees. “We bike in the park and on the trails, but the best is when we bike with our dad at home. I love burning wheels!” “You mean you like burning rubber,” corrects Teresa. “Same thing!” says Alexa. The energetic sisters received their bikes almost three years ago through Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Bikes For Life program, launched in 2011 to help kids develop healthy lifestyle habits through bicycling, with support from a number of community partners. In addition to Bikes For Life, Teresa and Alexa have been involved in Healthy Kids programs at Children’s Colorado like Camp Champions, a collaborative effort with the University of ColoradoAnschutz Health and Wellness Center to equip youth with healthy lifestyle skills and habits. Run club and Share Our Strength’s program Cooking Matters, which Children’s Colorado coordinates in the community to improve nutrition knowledge and eating habits. “I like cooking now that we’ve done it here,” says Alexa. “Oh, I love kale chips! But mostly I love blueberries.” Prevention, education & outreach coordinators Laura Retzer and Maria Valenzuela say that in the three years they’ve known the girls, they’ve seen drastic changes in the way they think about exercise and eating healthy. IN 2015 206 SPECIALIZED BIKES DISTRIBUTED TO CHILDREN THROUGH BIKES FOR LIFE 181 HELMETS DISTRIBUTED “They’re more active and outgoing now,” says Laura. “They’re also taller… and sassier!” The sisters are just two of the 200+ kids in the community that received bikes through the program in 2015, and the joy it brings th [K[Y][ۈZ\[ܙX\Y][وX]]K\[[XXK\\و]X[BY[]X]]\[[&\’][ܘY\H[]Y[[X[\ZY]K[\Y]\^HZB[[܈Z[]\[^B^\8'HZH[H HݙH[ܝ˸'H\\H\\\]HZ[K8'[Y\Y\x'B^H[\X\]Y[H[[&\ܘY\ۜܙY\ۈB MH[][]H[Y]\ܝ‚