--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--An estimated 100 children from New York-based Boys & Girls Clubs and Ironman will join Empire BlueCross BlueShield associates, business leaders and riders as “Journey for Health” wraps up the 2013 tour. “Journey for Health” is a bicycle tour created to educate and inspire America’s youth to live healthier lifestyles. It kicked off in Long Beach, California, on August 22nd. Led by Gary Earl, a nationally recognized community leader, the 45-day, 3,200-mile tour has gone through 12 states and wraps up in New York City on October 7th, National Child Health Day.
|When:||5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.|
|Monday, October 7th, 2013|
|Where:||Battery Gardens Restaurant|
|17 State St., New York, 10004|
|Who:||Brian Griffin, President and CEO, Empire BlueCross BlueShield|
|Cross country riders & health advocate, Gary Earl|
|Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Director of Org. Development, C. Gene Bailey|
|Children from the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club Navy Yard and Joel E. Smilow Clubhouses|
This event celebrates the culmination of “Journey for Health” a cross country ride, lasting 45 days and spanning 3,200 miles. 100 children from New York-based Boys & Girls Clubs will be there – along with Ironman. Every child will be given a bike helmet and a voucher they can use to purchase a bike of their choice. Can you imagine how delightful it will be to see their sunshiny faces! Bike New York, a local nonprofit, will also hold a Bike Driver's Education Assembly for these future cyclers. Food and beverages will be served. Riders will memorialize their ride by dipping their bikes in the Atlantic.
|Photo Ops:||Ironman with young children; children getting helmets and vouchers for brand new bikes; children getting “driver's education” training; backdrop of Hudson River; road-weary riders!|
The Journey for Health Tour represents the personal and professional passions and experience of its creator, Gary Earl, a nationally recognized health and well-being professional who for more than three decades has helped companies, communities and individuals experience the value of positive health. This national tour was intended to help spark improvement in the health of individuals and communities; and in this case educate, inspire and motivate Americans to commit to better health. Throughout the tour, Earl and the riders have shared the message of good health through their blogs, daily health tips and meeting with people across the country.
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