Jefferson County Bike Giveaway

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P.E. is perhaps most kids’ favorite subject in school. It just got even better for some Monticello elementary kids. The Jefferson County Health Department is giving away 32 bikes and helmets to students at Jefferson Elementary School.

The Epilepsy Association of the Big Bend fit students with helmets. The fourth and fifth graders will use the bikes during P.E. class. They hopeful they can decrease the obesity rate in Jefferson County. Currently 60 percent of its residents are either obese or overweight.

The bike giveaway coincides with Florida Greenways and Trails Month. After the presentation the students took a ride through the Ike Anderson Bicycle Trail.

Authorities are also using the giveaway to teach kids about bicycle safety and the importance of wearing a helmet. Each year countless numbers of children are injured riding bikes, many with head injuries that could have been prevented had they been wearing a helmet.

Florida law says any one under the age of 16 must wear a helmet when riding a bike. That's the same for Georgia.