Want Healthier Students Who Love to Read? Ditch Those Desks for Bikes

January 13, 2015 Updated: January 13, 2015

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.

This article was originally published on www.takepart.com, Oct 14, 2014. Read the original article here.