Adolescent Health Crisis
Screens are having a significant negative impact on global health. Prof. Dr. Klaus Greier et al., 2017, from the University of Innsbruck published a report in the Wiener klinischen Wochenschrift – The Central European Journal of Medicine. His team found that children aged 10-14 in Austria spend an average of 10.3 hours per day on screens. These results were independent of social status, correlating negatively with both sports activities and motor skills. In the same year, the Center for Disease control in the United States reported that over 80% of kids get less than the recommended 60 minutes of daily vigorous exercise.
Existing sports programs have failed to address these trends. Camps exists to give children outdoor experiences, but few, if any in Austria, have the core mission of making long-term changes involving healthy behaviors.
With an understanding of each participant’s medical history and goals, our programs focus upon 5 key areas:
- Fun and Adventure
- Critical for long-term participation in an activity
- Community and Sense of Belonging
- Friendship and Social Skills
- Life Skills
The various barriers individuals face in their search for a healthier lifestyle requires a deep understanding of sport physiology, psychology and medicine. With a strong background in both
sport and medicine, the team at Bike Austria will offer more than just a standard exercise program.
Located in the Hohe Tauern, one of the most majestic landscapes on earth, Bike Austria is able to create unique programs that motivate, inspire, and push individuals to discover their better selves. The central program design will be a progression of cycling skills, fitness training, and nutrition during the after-school program. The goal will be to complete the 270 km Tauernradwegrunde on a multiday adventure in the summer. This will require multiple separate groups in order to maintain the optimal group size of 6-8 riders.
Cycling will be the core of our programs because it is the perfect “Green Exercise”. Regardless of fitness level, it is fun, easy to learn and a life-long sport. It provides an essential cardiovascular workout while reaping a multitude of physical and mental benefits from the natural environment. The existing cycling infrastructure in the Hohe Tauern is developed sufficiently to allow immediate implementation of the programs.