HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - This week is Bike to Work Week and the American Diabetes Association, along with other organizations in Hawaii, are encouraging Hawaii residents to get out and get active and take part in Bike to Work Day scheduled for Friday, May 15th.
To congratulate those who celebrate Bike to Work Week, the ADA will be hosting a mini station in the downtown Honolulu area located on the ground floor of the Pioneer Plaza Building at 900 Fort Street Mall from 6:30am to 8:30am, on Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 15th and will be giving out some cool items to those who visit their table... along with your bike!
In Hawaii, close to 600,000 individuals have pre-diabetes or diabetes; nearly half of our population. To put things into perspective, that is 1 in 3 people here in Hawaii.
Each year 5,000 people in Hawaii are diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes costs Hawaii over $1.5 billion each year.
In order to change these statistics, people need to be cognizant of the risk factors and warning signs of prediabetes and diabetes and practice healthier lifestyle habits such as increasing physical activity and healthy eating.
One way the American Diabetes Association encourages people to stay active and also raise funds to support the Association is through its Tour de Cure event scheduled for Sunday, November 1st.
Cycling is one of the easiest ways to exercise. You can ride a bicycle almost everywhere, and in Hawaii, all throughout the year. Cycling also builds strength and muscle tone, improves cardiovascular fitness, coordination and stamina, burns calories, reduces stress, and helps to reduce traffic.
So whether you Bike to Work on Friday, to commute, for leisure, or in our Tour de Cure event, you are improving your overall health.
This year, the ADA celebrates 75 years of Discovery, Innovation, and Progress – and to commemorate this very important milestone, we have added to our event a 75 mile route. Other routes include a 50, 25, and 10 mile option.
Those who participate are greeted with a light breakfast before the start of each ride, rest stations are available throughout the route to keep our riders fueled, and those who come through the finish line are welcomed to a hot, healthy lunch.
Another very important part of the Tour de Cure event is the Red Rider Program. Red Riders are individuals who have diabetes and choose to take charge of their life. Red Riders are celebrated at the Tour de Cure event and also given a Hawaii commemorative Red Rider Jersey to wear at the event and keep as a reminder of their accomplishments.
Individuals, companies, and other organizations are highly encouraged to sign up as a Tour de Cure team or ride as an individual and help fundraise to support the mission of the ADA: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Funds raised in Hawaii stay in Hawaii.
For more info or to register, please click here or call the ADA at 808-947-5979.