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Help Kids Earn Bikes! Join the Passport to Health Sticker Hunt

Regular physical activity like biking is vital to your overall health, and as Presenting Sponsor of Portland Sunday Parkways, Kaiser Permanente Northwest wants to give children in our community the opportunity to embark on a lifetime of bike love.

To support that goal at Sunday Parkways this summer, Kaiser Permanente has partnered with the nonprofit Community Cycling Center to benefit its Bike Club for kids. Participants can pick up a fun, interactive ‘Passport to Health Sticker Hunt’ map that takes them to five locations on each Sunday Parkways route to get their stickers. When you show your completed Passport to Health, you’ll get a prize and Kaiser Permanente will donate $5 to the Bike Club. Then you can share your achievement and photos on social media with #KPBikeClub.

“Our partnership with Portland Sunday Parkways began as an effort to increase the physical activity of our residents to prevent and treat obesity and other chronic diseases,” said Molly Haynes, Community Health Director for Kaiser Permanente’s Northwest region. “Yet, the health benefits of Sunday Parkways extend beyond physical activity into mental health and social connectedness. That’s what we want for the children and families in our communities.”

A valuable community resource, the Cycling Center’s after-school Bike Club program gives children who don’t have access or means to afford a bike on their own a chance to earn their own bike. They also learn safe riding and maintenance techniques, and develop skills in teamwork, problem solving and leadership by working and learning together.

“Bikes are transformative for both individuals and communities. Bike Club gives kids the tools they need for bikes to play an important part in their lives, from an actual bike, to the knowledge of how to ride safely and how to keep it safe and functional,” said Kasandra Griffin, Executive Director of the Community Cycling Center. “Fun, friendship, and confidence are among the additional benefits of this program.”

Sunday Parkways is the perfect setting for this partnership to benefit Bike Club. “People of all backgrounds, ages and abilities can enjoy moving their bodies in a safe and welcoming environment,” said Haynes, “and giving children an opportunity to learn to love biking and being active fits right in with our mission to improve the total health of the communities we serve.” 

Guest Article from Kaiser Permanente

Building Community Connections for 10 Years and Counting

Kaiser Permanente has been the presenting sponsor of Portland Sunday Parkways for the past 10 years, with Community Health Director Molly Haynes at the forefront of the partnership. Enthusiastic about the 10-year anniversary celebration and ride on June 25, Haynes recalls how the city’s vision, Kaiser Permanente’s sponsorship and so many other local businesses, artists and vendors came together to create a decade’s worth of memorable experiences.

“So many have joined in to make Sunday Parkways what it is today,” said Haynes. “Forty different events over the 10 years have taken Portlanders and visitors from near and far through historic neighborhoods, local business districts and places we never knew existed. Each route has its own unique feel, complete with concerts, Zumba and Shakespeare in the parks, street paintings, lemonade stands, water features, house parties and even a dunk tank.”

Haynes believes Sunday Parkways represents everything that is great about this place we call home.  “You see more smiles on the Sunday Parkways route than any other place in Portland. Friends and neighbors of all backgrounds interact in ways that may not happen otherwise and that hopefully lead to stronger neighborhood connections. People of all ages and abilities enjoy moving their bodies in a safe environment. All of these things lead to neighborhood connectivity, improved wellbeing and better health.”

“As a health care organization that believes in the power of creating health where people live and play, Kaiser Permanente wants to celebrate 10 years of Sunday Parkways with all who have walked, rolled, and skated the routes with us,” Haynes said. “And we invite those who have yet to discover Sunday Parkways to come out on June 25 as we celebrate 10 years of partnership, civic pride, amazing parks, and safe, accessible streets. Thrive high five!

Win a prize and help fund the Bike Club for Kids!

New at Sunday Parkways this year is your chance to play the Passport to Health Sticker Hunt. Pick up your passport at the Kaiser Permanente booth at Peninsula Park or any sponsor booth, then visit all five locations on the map and get a sticker. When you show your completed passport you’ll get a prize and Kaiser Permanente will donate $5 to the Community Cycling Center’s Bike Club for Kids. Share your achievement and photos on social media with #KPBikeClub!

Guest Article by Kaiser Permanente 

A Talk with Doctor Manalo

Sunday Parkways is a favorite annual event for many Kaiser Permanente employees who embrace healthy, active Northwest lifestyles. Dr. Rowena Manalo, Chief of Family Medicine, has enjoyed many rides with her family, and is particularly excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary.

“My daughter is 10 years old, and we’ve seen her grow through a decade of Sunday Parkways,” said Dr. Manalo. “She started off riding in a bike trailer, graduated to a trailer bike, very slowly completing the route with training wheels, to now being a fully independent rider who sometimes speeds ahead of us!”

As presenting sponsor of Sunday Parkways, Kaiser Permanente and its employees put health and safety first, so Dr. Manalo says she especially appreciates how safe the rides are for families. “We have a sense of security riding on the routes with young kids, and not having to worry about cars. The community volunteers and neighbors we pass are always very welcoming. We’ve been able to explore and appreciate different parts of Portland, and the kids love the fun freebies along the way, like T-shirts and bike bells. They’re especially excited about this year’s scavenger hunt.”

While Dr. Manalo usually rides with her family, she often enjoys bringing friends along for the ride. “It’s been great to ride and hang out with friends, and take our lunch break together to sample some of the great food trucks along the way. I’ve often recommended the event to patients and colleagues, especially those new to the area. It’s a great way to get active on the weekend with family and friends.”

With five different ride routes each year, Dr. Manalo has seen ‘em all. “My favorite route has been the Southeast-Lents ride. We enjoyed the cultural events and dances put on by different communities, and there was a pretty cool beginning BMX trail set up as well.”

In addition to her favorite Southeast route, Dr. Manalo and her family are also looking forward to the brand-new route in Outer Northeast Portland this year. “There is a wonderful sense of community on the Sunday Parkways routes, and we’re looking forward to exploring a new part of Portland!”