Friday, August 21, 2009

Ride public transit and your bike to good health

Congressman Jim Oberstar talks about how he became a leading advocate for cycling, while riding on Minnesota's Paul Bunyan Trail.

Given the current debate on healthcare, it is imperative that we not forget about the health benefits of biking and public transit and the impact it can have on the health of our nation. Taking the extra time and energy to take public transportation not only saves you money and keeps the roads less crowded and safer, but it gives you time to mentally unwind, without having to pay attention to the road or look for a parking space. Walking from the station to your destination gives you the exercise that you would otherwise not have sitting in your car.

Get on your bike. Get on the train. Get out of your car. Either way, just get up and move. A healthier society will cost less to take care of.

On a separate health and trains note, Union Pacific was one of 17 winners, the only transportation company, of the 2009 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award.

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