Military Preparedness Cycling

Washington Post, like most publications, totally misses the boat on cycling.

From the article:

“Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling said he was floored by what he found in 2009 when he was assigned to overhaul the Army’s training system. Seventy-five percent of civilians who wanted to join the force were ineligible, he said. Obesity was the leading cause.”

And yet, as you continue to read the article, they do not talk aobut how the changing transportation system has created a nation of over weight people.

The last few months, I have met no less than half a dozen people who either lost massive amounts of weight or got in great shape from cycling.

That we could get home and work out at the same time should be a super-no brainer.

Instead, you get those who are supposed to “educate” us making us fat!

About 60 students, about one-third of the senior class, took part in the bike ride on Tuesday. They had organized a police escort beforehand, and the city’s mayor, Rob VerHeulen, traveled in the procession in a police car and even handed out doughnuts.

A good time was had by all, except for school Principal Katharine Pennington. Apparently dismayed at not having been informed about the event, Pennington suspended the participants for the day, forbade them from participating in today’s senior walk — an annual tradition — and said they could potentially not walk during their graduation next week, Rachel Nicks, the mother of one of the participating students, told ABC News.”

Where are the right wingers pointing out that this is a grave national security concern?

I am kidding here, but I wanted to say this for a while. If they ban cycling to school then heart disease wins! 🙂


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