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Summertime Activities For The Whole Family

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by Pulse

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Summer time is many people’s favorite season for a number of reasons. The warm weather, days off school, and longer hours of sunlight are a perfect excuse to get the whole family outdoors. Whether you are home enjoying sometime as a family or on vacation together, there are plenty of wonderful summer time exercises that the whole family can enjoy together. Here are a few activities that the whole family can enjoy together this summer.

Camping

Camping is a wonderful way to enjoy one another’s company without the stress and distraction of day to day life. Camping, which is as inexpensive as it is fun, is a great way for kids to learn about nature and the environment. Different camp sites offer a number of different features. Some camping sites are less rustic than others an may include amenities like swimming pools or bike trails.

Other sites may have hiking trails or creeks that you and your family can make the most of. Camping is also a great way for kids to learn basic survival skills like how to start a fire. Camping is also a great way to cure insomnia.

Swimming

Swimming is a highly beneficial exercise. It is low impact, which means that everyone in the family can enjoy it, regardless of whether they have had any injuries.  Kids tend to love swimming for a variety of reasons: spending time at a local pool can be a great way to socialize as well as to play pool games and try perfecting their skills on the diving board. Swimming can also be done in a variety of settings, whether it is at a pool, lake or beach, it is always a good time for everyone.

Cycling and Scooter Riding

The best part of warm weather is being able to enjoy spending days and even nights outdoors. Cycling and riding are fun and adventurous activities that provide a healthy dose of physical activity and can be enjoyed by everyone from small children to parents.

Riding scooters also brings about the chance to explore a new or unfamiliar area or to take in parts of your hometown that you may not normally spend much time appreciating.

Baseball and Softball

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America’s pastime is for more than just watching. The warm summer months are a perfect time to get out into the park and arrange a family game. Baseball is a sport that is enjoyed by athletes of all types and skill levels and is the perfect game to be played at a summer picnic or barbeque. Even if you don’t have access to an official field, you can set up a game at a block party or play catch in your very own backyard.

Kayaking and Canoeing

Those who enjoy both water sports and exploring the great outdoors are perfectly suited for kayaking. Kayaking and canoeing are activities that build upper body strength and offer plenty of excitement. Kayaking along a river or stream is an unusual way to truly experience all that an outdoor area has to offer. Some parks offer camping facilities where campers can dock their boats and head from site to site.

Beach Volleyball

Everyone likes spending a day at the beach on a hot summer day. Younger kids can build sandcastles and collect sea shells while older kids can take on boogie boarding or body surfing, and parents can enjoy some relaxing time with a book or magazine. One beach activity that the whole family can enjoy is beach volleyball, which offers plenty of chances to work as a team while working up a sweat and enjoying the feel of sand beneath your toes along with the sound of waves crashing.

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Cool Connection Between Exercise And Brain Power

Posted on: April 29th, 2014 by Pulse

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Many people may be well aware of the fact that exercise offers a wealth of wonderful benefits when it comes to physical fitness. Regular exercise helps regulate weight, builds muscle tone, and helps with the function of almost every major organ. Exercise has been shown to regulate hormones and to greatly decrease the odds of a number of serious diseases.

Did you know, however, that exercise also plays a major role in keeping your mind fit as a fiddle? It’s true! Physicians and psychologists almost universally agree that one of the factors to strong mental health and intelligence is regular exercise.

The Brain Benefits of Regular Exercise

You do not have to be a professional athlete to reap the benefits of exercise on your brain. In fact, it can take as little as three or four thirty minute cardio workouts a week for your brain to begin to benefit from what exercise has to offer. The benefits are indeed many. Regular exercise has been shown, for example, to increase your total energy levels.

This may seem somewhat counterintuitive that exerting energy actually only gives you more energy, but when you exercise, you help the synapses in your brain to connect better. You also release stabilizing hormones into your brain which help with feelings of alertness and well being. People who exercise experience much higher levels of focus and are able to retain much more information than their stagnant counterparts.

In addition to helping with mood regulation, energy, and focus, exercise actually helps with cognitive functioning. Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly perform better on test of logic and reasoning than those with similar IQs who do not exercise at all.

Cardiovascular Activity Changes the Way the Brain is Structured

The benefits of a regular exercise routine go way beyond the immediate future. Recent research suggests that steady levels of cardio actually change the way your brain is structured. This means that one of the best ways to preserve mental functioning and to avoid problems like memory loss and even dementia in older age is to begin a habit of regular physical activity as early in life as possible.

Many doctors agree that the more regularly a person is physically active, the greater their chances are for brain health later in life. Even those who have never exercised on a regular basis can see drastic changes in their cognitive functioning in very little time.

The Science Behind How Cardio Affects Your Brain

The reason scientists and medical professionals know for certain that cardio yields major brain benefits is that the way your body reacts to cardio clearly helps your brain. When you engage in cardio exercise, the extra blood that is pumping helps coat your brain’s cells in oxygen and glucose, which are essentially brain food, because brain cells need oxygen and glucose to perform.

In addition to the nourishing levels of oxygen and glucose that your brain receives, you also get beneficial effects from the moving of your muscles, which, of course, is an integral part of any cardio activity. As your muscles move, they release a number of hormones up to your brain. Once in your brain, these hormones join with a substance in your brain called BDNF.

This substance has many benefits and is related to mood regulation, thought processing, and the generation of new brain cells. The more BDNF that is present, the better your brain is equipped to make decisions or to help your thoughts and reasoning skills develop. Exercise is truly an indispensable activity for anyone who wants to have a happy heart, brain, and life.

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App Developed To Help With Scooter Trick ‘How-Tos’

Posted on: April 25th, 2014 by Pulse

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In the past few years, freestyle scootering has become one of the most popular sports among athletes of all ages and skill levels. Like any sport, learning how to master scootering requires plenty of hard work and an insistence on continuing to practice even when you fall or a trick takes longer to learn than you may have expected.

When learning any sport, it is always highly valuable and worthwhile to have a coach or teacher there to guide you through any mistakes or challenges that you may face. It may not be realistic to have someone there to guide you through every step of learning to master the art of freestyle scootering, but a new app is making possible to have a handy guide with you whenever and wherever you choose to work out a new trick or continue to master an older one.

Riders App For All Kinds of Riders

The app that has recently been developed to help riders learn and master tricks is, appropriately, called Riders. It is available for both iPhones and iPads. In addition to containing a wealth of tips when it comes to scooter riding, it also offers resources for riders who are interested in a number of other sports including BMX biking, skateboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding, skiing, and mountain biking.

Many athletes have found that there are a number of similarities between these sports, as they all use skills like balance, dexterity, and speed control in order for riders to complete tricks. All of these sports also share the common trait that practice and dedication are indispensable factors in achieving success and reaching new heights. This is why an app like Riders can make a big difference in helping a new rider improve.

App Has Many Features

Riders is a popular app for many scooter enthusiasts because in addition to offering a variety of tips on how to master a number of tricks, it allows users to track their progress with tricks. It also features a social networking aspect that allows for documentation of tricks in the form of photos and videos that can be shared, commented on, and reshared by friends and other riders in a user’s network.

This allows for inspiration when it comes to coming up with new tricks or finding a unique spin on an old one. The tracking feature is highly beneficial not only for getting a good grasp on one’s progress but also for helping to encourage riders to remain diligent about riding on a daily basis and sticking with a trick until they see progress.

Technology Changing to Meet the Demand of an Ever Evolving Sport

Freestyle scootering is perhaps the newest freestyle or extreme sport to receive wild popularity. The latest X-Games has featured demos from freestyle scooter riders and popular conventions like SD1 in San Diego or Scootfest in the United Kingdom have shown that there is indeed a huge group of people who are passionate not only about scooter riding but about connecting with other scooter enthusiasts.

Apps like Riders are a perfect way for the scooter riding community to connect with one another and to share thoughts, ideas, and enthusiasm for the sport they care so deeply for. As is the case with so many extreme and freestyle sports, much knowledge and progress related to scootering has been spread by way of viral videos. Most of scooter riding’s biggest stars have made a name for themselves with youtube videos that allow them to showcase their best tricks to their followers and other riders who are in their follower’s social and digital networks.

5 Ways To Keep Your Family Exercising Year Round

Posted on: April 23rd, 2014 by Pulse

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Regular exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Children who exercise regularly with their parents are far more likely to make physical activity a part of their life in adulthood and are thus at a far lower risk for a number of serious diseases, including heart disease and diabetes.

Kids who exercise also often exhibit longer attention spans and perform better in school. Here are five ways that you can keep your kids physically active and happy all year long.

1. Plan Regular Outdoor Family Excursions

One easy way to ensure that the whole family gets the exercise they need is to make a habit of planning outdoor activities one day every weekend. Depending on where you live, there are quite a few types of activities that can be enjoyed by everyone in your family.

Planning a hike, for example, is a great way to get in not only cardiovascular activity but an appreciation for the outdoors. If there is a bike path in your town, taking the family on a bike or scooter ride is as fun as it is beneficial to the whole family’s health.

2. Encourage Them to Join a Team

Organized sports are a great way to keep kids active through out the year. Team sports are great for kids because they are social and a great way for children to build teamwork skills. Sports keep children disciplined and allow them to get in the habit of maintaining an exercise routine as a way of improving their physical performance. Keeping kids in different sports year round is a great way to add variety and excitement to their physical activity.

3. Invest in “Toys” the Whole Family Can Enjoy Together

Physical activity can be a lot of fun, especially when it comes in the form of activities that are fun and exhilarating. Investing in toys that the whole family can enjoy together is a great way for families to bond by sharing a common interest. It can also assure that your kids will be moving all year long.

Investing in bikes, scooters, surfboards, or other similar items allows for a fun and healthy dose of exercise that can be enjoyed every weekend and even after school and work and on vacation. Your family is far more likely to engage in any give activity if everyone has the same type of equipment to enjoy, so consider what type of activity everyone will enjoy.

4. Make a Habit of Taking After Dinner Walks

Regular walking has been shown to have a number of major health benefits. Walking helps maintain heart health and can keep blood pressure down. It also burns calories and helps maintain a happy and healthy mood. Going on walks every night after dinner is a great way to wrap up the day in a healthy way and gets kids and adults alike in the habit of making movement a part of daily life. Invite your kids to choose the route your family will walk on or encourage them to bring their bikes or scooters.

5. Limit Video Games to Those That Use Physical Activity

Many video games are counterproductive when it comes to cultivating good physical activity and habits and lifestyle choices, but the reality is that many kids love video games. If you want to allow your child to play video games, make a compromise by insisting that the games they play are for Wi or another system that uses physical activity to play games. This is a great way to keep kids moving all year long while satisfying their desire to game.

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Long Term Benefits For Kids With Active Parents

Posted on: April 20th, 2014 by Pulse

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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a lifelong habit that has a profound impact on almost every aspect of one’s health. A diet rich in heart healthy and high nutrient foods has a profound impact on one’s cardiovascular fitness as well as their muscle tone. It also helps decrease instances of depression and anxiety and has even been shown to lower one’s odds of serious diseases such as heart disease.

Another highly beneficial lifestyle choice is taking part of a regular exercise routine. Regular exercise, like eating healthy, has been shown to have many major health benefits. For parents, regular exercise not only provides  way to regulate stress levels and to maintain a healthy weight. It has also been shown to have profound long term effects on the lives of their children.

Most parents aim to be a good role model for their children, and one of the best ways they can provide a good example to their kids is by being active themselves and taking the steps to make exercise and physical activity a priority. Doing this can have a major impact on not only a child’s current health but on their health for the rest of their lives.

Healthy Parents and Healthy Children

Active parents have been shown to have children who are also more physically active. When parents make exercise a regular part of their life, they are much more likely to make physical activity a part of family activities. This means that children of active parents are much less likely to suffer from obesity, in part because physical activity is a built in part of their life.

Active parents are also far more likely to prepare healthy meals for their children, which means that children are less likely to get accustomed to many of the foods that may be harmful when eaten on a regular basis.

Physical Activity, Recreation, and a Lifetime of Health

When children are a part of a family that engages in physical activity like riding bikes or scooters as a form of leisure, they learn to associate exercise and physical activity with having fun. For many children, this is a key distinction that will drastically impact their health over the course of their entire lives.

Children who get in the habit of exercise at a young age are far more likely to continue to exercise regularly through out adulthood. This is attributed not only to the fact that they are more likely to develop an understanding of the importance of exercise. Children who exercise with their parents by way of recreational activities learn to have a positive relationship with physical activity.

This means that as adults they will incorporate exercise into their lives and be more likely to view it as fun rather than a chore. Individuals who have this kind of relationship with exercise have a much better relationship with physical activity and are generally more likely to lead balanced and active lives.

A Lifetime of Happiness

Parents who are active and who share their love of physical activity with their kids give them the gift of a much happier life. Regular exercise has been linked to having higher self confidence and a higher sense of confidence. This means that people who engage in regular physical activity enjoy benefits beyond the immediately physical.

People who have enjoyed exercise since childhood are more likely to enjoy success in other areas of their life, including school and eventually career. By making exercise a family activity and way of  life, parents are able to greatly increase their child’s chance for health, happiness, and success over the course of their entire lifetime.

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Starting Out With The Beginner Kick

Posted on: April 17th, 2014 by Pulse

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Whether you are an experienced athlete or just starting to take on physical activity and trick based sports, scooters are a fun and exciting way to experience many valuable sensations. From achieving high speeds to exploring new terrains to learning new an impressive tricks, learning how to ride a scooter is a hobby, sport, and past time that is enjoyed by people of all ages and experience levels.

As with any sport or skill, it is important to learn the basics by practicing as much as possible until you feel truly confident and comfortable moving onto a slightly more challenging trick or variation of a trick. In scooter riding, one of the most basic elements of any trick is a kick. Mastering a beginning kick will open the door to a world of tricks and combinations. Here are a few tips on how to master a beginning kick.

Mastering an Ollie

Ollies, which are also sometimes referred to as bunny hops in the scooter riding community, are one of the first skills that any new rider should master. Once you have learned how to do an ollie, you will be able to build on it and use that skill to do a number of very impressive tricks.

To successfully do an ollie, start by making sure that you feel stable on your scooter. Use your back foot to push off and then bring both feet back onto the deck. Once both feet are back and at the same time, lift up with both your feet and on the handle bars at the same time. Do this until you have mastered the art of getting your entire scooter off the ground.

Hippy Jump

A hippy jump is a great beginner trick because it is fairly easy to learn and will give you a good sense of understanding your own sense of balance and how that relates to your stance on the scooter. A hippy jump also helps build the skills necessary for more complicated tricks that require you to to bring your feet off of the deck.

Like a bunny hop, a hippy jump starts with you in motion. You should begin at slower speeds and work your way up from there. Simply lift both feet up at the same time and then return them to your deck. Once you feel comfortable with this you can work toward other variations, such as turning midair or even beginning to lift your hands at the same time as your feet.

Wheelies

Wheelies are tricks that exist in some form in almost every type of riding. Learning how to do a wheelie is important because it gives you an understanding of how your weight and balance affect the motion of your scooter. Wheelies are a good building block move because when you feel very comfortable with a wheelie, you can begin to incorporate things like spins and other types of motion which can make for tricks that are very fun to watch.

To learn how to do a wheelie, start with your feet in position and then bring your weight back onto your heels. Let the front wheels of your scooter pop up and then bring your balance back to your entire foot as you become stable again. You can practice this at a stationary position at first.

When you have a very good sense of where to put your balance, start to play with doing wheelies while in motion. You may then be able to start to incorporate swerving either way or doing wheelies on terrain. It is important to always wear safety gear no matter what trick you’re trying.

Freestyle Scootering From Past To Present

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by Pulse

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Freestyle scootering is a sport that continues to rise in popularity year by year. Like its predecessors BMX biking and skateboarding, freestyle scootering is a sport that started out with a smaller group of avid enthusiasts and has grown as an increasing number of people become aware of the many exciting tricks that can be accomplished on a scooter. Here is a brief history of this ever expanding sport.

A Recreational Tool That Debuted in the 1990’s

The first freestyle scooters were designed by a man named Gino Tsai. His invention was then distributed in conjunction with two companies: Micro Mobility Systems and the JD Corporations. The scooters were then sold at The Sharper Image, a store that specializes in innovative gifts and other objects that are unusual or on the cutting edge.

Soon after their premiere, the scooters experienced wild popularity. In the year 2000, the scooters became a must have for recreational enthusiasts of all ages, and soon, a companies set up a manufacturing facilities across the country and began to produce the scooters in a wide variety of sizes, styles, and price point levels.

Scooters Used For Tricks and Videos

It didn’t take long for scooters to begin to cement their place as yet another popular freestyle sport. Within a year of scooters being available for sale, the first sponsored team had already been formed. This sponsored team began showcasing various tricks, many of which were familiar to fans of skateboarding or biking.

Versions of popular tricks like sliders and tailwhips were modified and took on a whole new form when performed on a scooter. Part of the rise in popularity of freestyle scootering included the release of the first freestyle scooter videos, the very first of which was called Razor Evolution.

Scooter Conventions

Freestyle scootering officially joined the ranks of being a recognized and highly popular sport when the first freestyle scootering convention took place. SD1, freestyle scootering’s first official convention, took place in San Diego, California. The convention, which drew scootering enthusiasts from around the world, continues to enjoy its place as one of the most popular and widely attended freestyle scootering conferences in the world.

One notable change that occurred at the first SD1 was that the form of scooters used in freestyle riding were altered. While the initial versions of the scooters had boards that were hinged and could fold, the scooters introduced at the convention featured “One Piece Decks,” meaning that the decks were comprised of a single metal piece, which continues to be the standard type of deck used for both professional and amateur freestyle scootering.

These decks, which are both lighter and more durable, tend to be better options for freestyle riders hoping to use their scooters to complete a series of tricks that allow them to go airborne or to ride over city terrain like stairs or park terrain like half pipes.

The Rise of Freestyle Scootering Celebrities

As with any major sport, celebrities began to emerge in the field of freestyle scootering. The Nitro Circus Tour, which has enjoyed tremendous popularity around the world for the past several years, helped launch the careers of many extreme athletes who use a wide variety of both conventional and unconventional vehicles to perform adrenaline inducing tricks.

The show, which was very successful as an MTV show, has toured the world to sold out audiences and acted as a wonderful showcase to famed scooter rider Ryan Williams, who is one of many scooter riders making a name for both himself and his sport as the audience for scooter riding continues to widen.

The Top 3 Flatland Scooter Tricks

Posted on: April 13th, 2014 by Pulse

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Freestyle scootering is one of the fastest growing sports around today. In the last ten years, the sport of freestyle scootering has evolved and grown in popularity in ways that continue to excite and inspire its enthusiasts. Like any popular sport, freestyle scootering has its own celebrities, such as Jon Reyes, who rides for Phoenix Pro. There are several different types of scootering, and they vary based on a number of factors, which are primarily centered around the terrain on which a rider rides.

One very popular type of riding, which is employed by Reyes, among many others, is flatland riding. Flatland riding occurs on flat surfaces, usually those that can easily be found in city surfaces, such as basketball courts or parking lots. One benefit of flatland riding is that it allows the rider to engage in a number of tricks which can be strung together to formulate combinations of tricks. Here are five of the top flatland scooter tricks.

1. Tailwhipping

Tailwhipping is a popular trick because it is visually impressive and can be learned fairly easily. This move has its roots in BMX biking but can be adapted very well to scootering. To learn how to tailwhip, the best method is usually to start out by mastering what is called a bunny hop.

To bunny hop, a rider should get used to hopping in the air with both feet on the scooter and then sticking the landing. Next, they can practice the tailwhipping motion by kicking the scooter away from them on the ground. Finally, they can combine the two movies by getting airborne with a bunny hop, kicking the scooter away in the air and then bringing both feet back to land.

2. Sliders

Sliders are popular tricks because of the fact that they can provide a great foundation for a number of exciting combinations and can be done at a variety of speeds. Sliders are also tricks that are perfect for flatland riders of all levels. To begin a slider, a rider should start by checking their body positioning.

The ideal position for a slider is low. Next, they should put their back foot on the brake. (Which foot is in the back will depend on which foot a rider favors. Those who ride regular will stand with their right foot back and vice versa.) After placing their foot, a rider will brake and use the momentum of their body to spin left, being careful to keep their front wheel on the ground.

3. No Hands

Because of the fact that freestyle scootering is so influenced by both BMX biking and skating, many popular tricks are reminiscent of those two sports. No hands uses similar skills to skating. One main difference, of course, is that the board on a scooter is much more slim and may be more challenging to balance on.

To successfully mastermproves  a no hands trick, riders should work on their balance by getting used to quickly taking one hand off of the bars at a time. When ready to try the trick, it’s best to start at a slow speed and make sure that one feels balanced and steady. Next, they should lift both hands off of the bars and use the weight of their feet to balance and maneuver the scooter.

The key to performing impressive flatland tricks is mastering basics like these. This gives riders a chance to begin to put together impressive combinations, which can be customized based on any rider’s strongest skills. All tricks should always be learned at low speeds to start and then sped up as a rider improves on them.

Fun Ways To Get Your Kids To Exercise

Posted on: April 11th, 2014 by Pulse

Physical activity is an important part of total health for people of all ages. For children, especially, the benefits of regular exercise are innumerable. Physically active kids have been shown to perform better in school and have a lower chance of becoming overweight and suffering from a number of other serious health issues as they get older. Getting kids in the habit of being physically active at an early age sets them up for a lifetime of healthy choices and can even help improve their self esteem. Getting kids to exercise regularly may be much easier than it seems. Here are some fun ways to get your kids to exercise without having it seem like work!

Encourage Them To Play Outdoor Games

Any parent knows that kids naturally have a lot of energy and like to be social. Use some of this energy by encouraging them to play outside. Take them to the park and let them play on the playground, ride a bike or a scooter. If you are with a bigger group of kids, teach them a game that can be played as a group, such as capture the flag or freeze tag. The more time kids spend outdoors, the more likely they are to be naturally physically active and to develop ways in which to find physical activities for themselves to do.

Cultivate Their Love For Sports

Team sports are a wonderful way for kids to get used to physical activity as well as to learn wonderful life skills like working together with others and doing their best in order to help the team. If your child is interested in professional sports, nurture their interest by setting up a basketball hoop in the yard or playing catch with them. This can also be a great way for you to get some physical activity in yourself, and for you to rediscover the sports you loved as a child.

Help Them Put Together a Dance Performance

Kids who are not as interested in sports can still be physically active. Dancing and gymnastics are both wonderful forms of physical activity that have a number of great benefits, including strength and flexibility. Encourage your kids to put on dance recitals, and be an audience member or offer to help them find music and costumes. Tell them to make up a story that goes along with the dance they are putting together and help them build an area in the yard where they can perform.

Explore Their Love For Nature

Combine their curiosity for nature by going on nature walks together. Talk to them about the different plants and animals you see, and encourage them to point out any trees or wildlife that you encounter. Read up on the area before you embark on your walk, and get them to ask questions about where you are going and what types of plants and animals thrive naturally. Get them in the habit of taking note of their surroundings and compare the area you’re hiking in to other areas you have explored.

Cross Country Scooter Ride Raises Awareness For Homelessness

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 by Pulse

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Dan Emery and Miles Cheung, two men from Augusta, Maine are raising money and awareness for hunger in quite an adventurous and unusual fashion. Emery and Cheung are taking a trip across the continental United States on motor scooters as a means of exploring agricultural solutions for hunger and raising awareness for a problem that strikes millions of people every day.

A Long Trip With an Important Message  

The two scooter enthusiasts will spend 48 weeks on the open road. As they take their time exploring the diverse landscapes that the United States has to offer, the pair hopes to garner some media attention in each region, and thus raise awareness for a the cause that is so near to them.

Trip Will Focus on Solutions as Well as Awareness

As Cheung and Emery travel on their scooters, they will be doing more than just bringing attention to hunger: they will be exploring real practical solutions for delivering food to those in need. Many of these solutions are based around innovative and potentially highly effective programs, such as gardens within schools or shared gardens in urban settings. These highly sustainable modes of combating hunger will focus on education and helping to spread knowledge surrounding basic agricultural techniques in the form of gardening, agriculture, and edible landscape classes.

Scooter Visits Will Be Targeted Toward Relevant Areas

Stops on the trip will almost exclusively be centered around areas and organizations who play an integral role in the fight to end hunger. These locations and organizations will include food banks, Rotary Clubs, homeless shelters, and community based credit unions. Cheung and Emery hope that by partnering with like-minded organizations, they will be able to affect real and significant change at a grassroots level across the entire nation.

Many of the organizations they will be working with have long been active in the fight against hunger and may greatly benefit from some of the publicity and social media attention garnered by the two scooter riders as they make their epic journey from state to state.

The Importance of Ending Hunger

Ending hunger is a goal that Emery, Cheung, and a great number of other socially conscious individuals feel very passionate about for a number of reasons. Emery has noted that ending hunger is an integral part of addressing other issues, especially as they relate to children and students because of the fact that when a child is hungry they are essentially incapable of effectively studying or paying attention in school.

Failure to be engaged in academics is related to a number of serious challenges later in life, including a risk of dropping out and facing lower pay and even joblessness and homelessness. Many parents of hungry children may be at a loss as to finding ways to end the vicious cycle of poverty, and a renewable, maintainable, agriculturally based solution may provide a real and long term solution to the debilitating problem of hunger.

The duo seems poised to be part of a year that will certainly be both memorable and effective.