• Pedal Power Keeps Students Healthy

    Bike Blender

    Exercise is obviously good for your health and waistline, but the Nutrition Services Department has found a way to take it to the next level - blending smoothies via pedal power.

    This spring, students across the District will have a chance to create their own fruit smoothies by hopping on a specially designed stationary bike with a blender on the back. The blender is powered by the rider’s effort. The faster they pedal, the more power the blender has.

    Ryan McCoy Wearing his old Westminster High School jersey, Board of Education member Ryan McCoy demonstrated the bike at this week's Board meeting. Keeping the one-time cross town rivalry with Ranum High School alive, McCoy presented fellow board member Ken Ciancio with an old Ranum jersey. The two joked about whether they could still fit into their jerseys.

    At a recent meeting of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee students also demonstrated the Blender Bike for Dr. Swanson.

    The debut of the bike coincides with a proclamation from Governor John Hickenlooper declaring Sunday, January 15 as JAM (just a minute) day. The proclamation encourages Coloradoans to focus on obesity and make Colorado the healthiest state in the country. According to the proclamation, 18 % of children and 21% of adolescents are obese.

    National School Breakfast Week is March 2nd-6th and students will be powering the blender bike creating fruit & yogurt smoothies at all three Middle Schools as well as Westminster High School.

    “Several Elementary Principals have requested we bring the blender bike to their school as well,” said David Maki, Director of Nutrition Services. “We will have it present at the Dance-A-Thons which will be held in several Elementary Schools in April.”

    Dancing, biking and smoothies. That’s a healthy combination.

    Posted February 12, 2015