September 11, 2006
Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Inductees
The 2006 Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inductees are Chris King, a creative genius and fabricator, "Bicycle Bob" Gregorio, a pioneer renowned for his mechanical abilities dating from the early roots of the mountain biking movement, and Travis Brown, a NORBA National Champion and long-time passionate mountain bike racer. To read more about these deserving men, go to www.mtnbikehalloffame.com and click on 2006 Inductees. These folks will be welcomed into the Hall on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 during the Interbike Show.
Developing Healthier School Environments
Through Better Eating ...
From Los Angeles, Calif. to Brownsville, Texas, most of the nation’s 100 largest school districts by enrollment are requiring nutrition education, adding recess and tightening nutrition standards. Of these districts, which educate 23 percent of American students, more than 94percent have passed a local wellness policy that addresses nutrition standards for a la carte foods and beverages, according to analysis conducted by the School Nutrition Association. Section 204 of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 required that all school districts that participate in the National School Lunch Program approve a local wellness policy by July 1, 2006. The law mandated that these policies include goals for nutrition education, physical activity and other school-based activities as well as nutrition guidelines for all foods and beverages available on school campuses. To learn more, visit the School Nutrition Association.
Through Walking and Biking to School ...
Remember walking to school? Five Chicagoland schools were awarded mini-grants recently to revive this nearly-extinct rite of passage on Oct. 4, when they participate in International Walk to School Day. Now in its ninth year, International Walk to School Day is expected to include 3,000 schools from all 50 states. The idea is to walk to school together with a purpose -- to promote health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 36 countries around the world. The Wednesday event is part of a week of festivities celebrating International Walk to School Week. The Chicago-area mini-grants are co-sponsored by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation and the League of Illinois Bicyclists, among other organizations.
League on Combined Federal Campaign List
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is a program allowing charitable organizations to solicit contributions from employees of the U.S. government. The League has just been approved as one of the charities, and our code is 1190. Tell your friends and family in the federal government to help support the League!
See the League at the Largest Interbike Ever
Interbike's annual OutDoor Demo and International Bicycle Expo, to be held September 25-29, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be the largest in its 25-year history. The first two days of the industry-only bicycle show, start with the OutDoor Demo in Bootleg Canyon, Nevada, where bicycle retailers and members of the media test road and mountain bike products. This year, Specialized increased its booth space, and Bell Sports and Trek/Gary Fisher Bicycles return after short hiatuses.
The indoor portion of the show, the International Bicycle Expo, which runs from September 27-29, boasts the most exhibit space in Interbike’s history. The League, as usual, will have a booth at the show in advocacy row. For more information about Interbike, visit www.interbike.com.
Join the League as a Life Member
Support the League's long term programs by becoming a Life Member. Since the introduction of life memberships and the creation of the Life Trust in 1978, the importance of the Trust has grown substantially. With more than 2,000 life members, the Life Trust has enhanced education and advocacy programs at the League for almost 30 years. There is a new Life Family category, and you can now pay in four installments!
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