Bike to Work: Get Moving with Math May 12, 2015 04:00

boy fixing bikeFriday, May 15 is Bike to Work Day and across the country, workers are getting their bikes ready. Bike to Work Day is a nationally recognized event, celebrated each year on the third Friday in May.

Biking to work is a great way to save money and get fit at the same time! Some communities are setting up pit stops with snacks and free T-shirts for participants.

In San Diego you can visit this website for more information and to get pit stop updates: www.icommuntesd.com

This website also provides bike maps from around San Diego county and lets you log your trips and calculate your savings.

A 2014 Kaiser Permanente study urges less sitting and  more moving. The study found that men who sit more than 5 hours outside of work develop heart failure at a rate 36% higher than those who keep moving. Even if you exercise every day, being a couch potato and sitting too much can increase your risk of heart failure.

Men who sit for more than 5 hours a day outside of work develop heart failure at a rate 36 percent higher than those who do not - See more at: http://partnersinhealth.kaiserpermanente.org/march-2014/national/sit-less-move-more-learn-why-nat-mar2014#sthash.HckmIzl6.dpuf

Men who sit for more than 5 hours a day outside of work develop heart failure at a rate 36 percent higher than those who do not - See more at: http://partnersinhealth.kaiserpermanente.org/march-2014/national/sit-less-move-more-learn-why-nat-mar2014#sthash.HckmIzl6.dpuf

Read more about the study's results at http://partnersinhealth.kaiserpermanente.org/march-2014/national/sit-less-move-more-learn-why-nat-mar2014

We can encourage our students to get up and move, too. Since 1983, May has been observed as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.Take a look at some ideas for movement, fitness and healthy eating at http://www.letsmove.gov/

Download a Teacher Toolkit here http://www.letsmove.gov

Another idea is to use fun and colorful trading cards with your students. These cards can help get the conversation started about safety when biking and walking: http://www.icommutesd.com/gallery/trading-cards

The 12 trading cards are double-sided and feature kooky characters that teach kids how to avoid traffic hazards and follow safety rules. Click thchildren holding handse images to enlarge the cards. Then download and print them to share with your students. 

You can also print safety brochures for parents with biking and walking safety tips to help parents teach their students how to get to school safely.

Here at Excel Math, we include lots of word problems about exercise and fitness in our math lessons. (We also walk or jog during our breaks and lunch hours to keep the creative juices flowing.) 

cartwheelCreate A Problem exercises on the back of Excel Math tests let students express their own understanding of story problems, merging math with literacy. We start with simple stories and give students a chance to observe what is happening in the story. They then use those observations and the accompanying charts and graphs to solve problems. Take a look at sample lessons here: www.excelmath.com

New to Excel Math? Learn more on our website: www.excelmath.com

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