The CYCLE Kids program creates opportunities for daily physical activity. Children learn how to ride a bike and be safe, giving more children confidence to bike to school. Physical activity helps improve concentration and behavior, having a positive effect on a teacher’s ability to teach and a child’s ability to learn.
The magic of the CYCLE Kids program is that, along with being fun and engaging for children, it builds confidence and self-esteem; helping children make good life choices and focus better in the classroom. Children learn challenging skills of bike riding, and use their textbooks to read comprehensive nutrition and bike safety lessons. Their new knowledge is challenged with take-home activities, journaling, and creative writing assignments. More importantly, children develop confidence and independence, realize exercise can be fun, and that healthy nutrition choices can be easy.
The curriculum was developed in conjunction with the nutrition department at Boston University's Sargent College for Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and meets national core learning standards for physical education, reading and comprehension, and math.
The CYCLE Kids program breaks the cycle of inactivity, poor nutrition habits, social isolation and low self-esteem. It helps kids, families and teachers get back to the basics of fitness with fun, simple, sustainable skills they can take with them throughout the rest of their lives.
How It Works
The Program is a 2-year curriculum for 4th and 5th grade students that can be implemented in physical education and academic classes. Schools are provided with bikes and a curriculum, training for teachers and local police officers, and program assessments. Each fourth- and fifth-grader is provided with his or her own textbook.
Using the excitement of riding a bike, the CYCLE Kids program helps children build emotional strenght as well as physical. Nutrition lessons, woven into the curriculum, give students the skills they need to make healthy eating choices, both at home and at school. Each lesson is supplemented with a take-home task and encourages students to educate and engage in physical activity and healthy eating habits with their families.
CYCLE Kids supports schools to educate their students, families and teachers to build a foundation for lifelong physical and emotional wellbeing. Community leaders, police officers, parents, and teachers are all key players in the success of the program, providing motivation and shaping a supportive environment where students can thrive.
We're proven. Here are the results.
The CYCLE Kids program has undergone rigorous pilot work with funding and support from the American Heart Association and Boston University, and has documented results along the way. With information gathered through surveys and interviews with CYCLE Kids participants, parents, and teachers, a curriculum has been developed that is relevant, appropriately targeted, and engaging.
Results for kids
Physical activity – 52% improvement: By making bike-riding fun, social, and safe, CYCLE Kids gets children hooked on a healthy activity.
Nutritional intelligence – 71% improvement: CYCLE Kids graduates demonstrate an understanding and acceptance of the nutritional concepts we teach, including portion control, ‘once in awhile’ foods, and the importance of fruits and vegetables.
Personal growth – 48% improvement: The CYCLE Kids program helps students feel safe and self-reliant, improving their confidence, self-esteem, and sense of well-being.
Social growth – 48% improvement: The CYCLE Kids program gives kids an opportunity to socialize with other children in a positive, social, and non-competitive physical activity.
Results for Schools
Schools receive a proven program that helps them successfully incorporate a wellness curriculum into their physical education and literacy classes.
Through teaching the CYCLE Kids program, schools
- Educate and instill in children positive, safe, and active lifelong habits.
- Enable children to master new skills and increase their self-confidence.
- Create an environment where mentoring can thrive.
- Provide opportunities for children to make friends.
School districts that implement the CYCLE Kids program continue to sustain it, with some communities incorporating the program into their required 4th and 5th grade curriculum.
Results for Communities
Our program has the unique power to knit a community together in support of our kids. Community leaders, government officials, police, teachers, and parents all connect with one another and with students to help communicate the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Friendships flourish, forming mentoring relationships children can count on when they need support.