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UCare helps fuel new biking program

Wheels are rolling ahead for older adults in Alexandria. The Knute Nelson Foundation was recently awarded a $33,286 grant from the UCare Fund. It will help introduce an innovative biking program that will assist older adults by matching varying needs and abilities with appropriate bicycles and encouraging focus on active aging and prevention techniques that empower individuals to lead healthy lifestyles.

A kickoff event will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 11 at the Nelson Wellness Center, Grand Arbor location. Members from the community are encouraged to participate. There is no cost to attend the event.

All of the bikes will be on display, and demonstrations will be given. Staff from the Bike and Fitness Company will talk about bike safety and etiquette. Participants will be able to test ride the bikes through an obstacle course.

Bikes will range from comfort/fitness bikes, recumbent, three wheel trikes, two-person bikes, tandem bike for individuals in wheelchairs and indoor cycling bikes. Programming will allow residents and members to enjoy group rides as well as check the bikes out to ride on their own.

The UCare Fund is a community-directed initiative of UCare. The Fund provides grants and staff support to projects that advance UCare's mission to improve the health of UCare members and reduce health disparities for disadvantaged populations in the Twin Cities and throughout Greater Minnesota.

For more information about the Nelson Wellness Center, call (320) 759-4613 or visit one of their two locations in Alexandria: Nelson Gables, 1220 Nokomis Street or Grand Arbor, 4403 Pioneer Road Southeast.

For information on Knute Nelson, visit or call (320) 763-6653.