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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Big Bike in Grey Bruce

Grey Bruce | by Daryl Morris  

The Heart and Stroke Big Bike is hitting the streets to raise money.

It's a big set of wheels.

The Heart & Stroke Big Bike is back in the region this week.

After stopping in Owen Sound, Hanover, Wiarton and Saugeen Shores -- the Big Bike is in Meaford and the Blue Mountains today.

Grey Bruce Heart and Stroke Area Manager Jason Hoffman says it's a lot of fun for a great cause.

The bike can hold 30 people and weighs one tonne on its own.

Over the past 15 years, the Big Bike has raised just over a million dollars in Bruce and Grey.

This year, Hoffman is hopeful they can reach 75 thousand dollars.

Hoffman says every fundraiser they do also has a component of getting active.

He says exercise and eating healthy maintains a healthy lifestyle, which in turn can reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke.

Hoffman says this message is especially important because over 50 per cent of the Grey-Bruce population is overweight or obese.

Provincially, 24 per cent of children are overweight or obese, and in Grey-Bruce that number jumps to 29 per cent.

Other dates for the Big Bike:

Monday, May 16th: Tiverton/Bruce Power.

Monday, May 30th: Kincardine

Tuesday, May 31st: Markdale, Flesherton, Durham


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