Study: School Biking Programs Can Boost Student Health

A survey of middle school students who participated in in-school cycling programs showed a potential correlation to improved mental health.

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October 16, 2023, 5:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

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A study from Loma Linda University Health reveals that middle school students who engaged in school-sponsored cycling programs showed “improved psychosocial well-being.” Describing the study, Hillary Angel writes, “The study assessed the impact of in-school cycling programs on middle schoolers' psychosocial well-being.”

Surveys taken by over 1,200 middle school children indicated that “participation in the cycling program during the COVID-19 pandemic was linked to improved psychosocial well-being among the students.” Study author Fletcher Dementyev says “We see this study as the beginning of a national dialogue surrounding investment in cycling education and its potential returns.”

Monday, October 9, 2023 in Loma Linda University Health

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