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Biking: Just what the doctor prescribed

Topics: Human Wellbeing | Comments

Cycling at Braeside Park, Melbourne, Australia

 

If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, how much health can riding a bicycle deliver?

A program just launched in Boston, USA is betting it’s a significant amount. Prescribe-a-Bike, as it’s being called, will allow doctors at Boston Medical Center to write low-income patients prescriptions for a one-year membership to Hubway, the city’s bike-sharing system, for just $5. That’s $80 less than the usual charge for an annual subscription to the service.

 Kate Walsh, chief executive of Boston Medical Center, said the program gives patients a way to exercise for better overall health.

“Obesity is a significant and growing health concern for our city, particularly among low-income Boston residents,” Walsh said.

“Regular exercise is key to combating this trend, and Prescribe-a-Bike is one important way our caregivers can help patients get the exercise they need to be healthy.”

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