If you’ve ever taken a ride on that health club staple the stationary bike, chances are you took a book or magazine along to peruse while working up a sweat. It turns out students at Ward Elementary School in Winston-Salem, N.C., are doing the same. The school’s pioneering Read and Ride program lets students get exercise while they read.
School counselor Scott Ertl launched the innovative program in 2009. The health-minded educator asked friends and community members to donate their exercise bikes to the project, and the school received enough bikes to fill a whole classroom.