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NDDHSTOCKBRIDGEBIKES9-23-11 MISSING HEADLINE

Government and education leaders in Stockbridge are joining forces to promote the importance of good health while showcasing a new recreation venue.

A Community Bike Ride is scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m., at Memorial Park. The route will include three miles of the Reeves Creek Trail, and another two miles through the neighborhood surrounding it.

The project is designed to place a spotlight on the Reeves Creek Trail, which was completed in August, according to Henry County School Board Vice Chairman Erik Charles. He and Stockbridge Mayor Lee Stuart are spearheading the ride.

Charles said the ride is geared toward inspiring families to "take charge of their health."

"Each day brings us a new chance to make small, but smart, lifestyle changes that have big impacts on our health," said Charles. "One of the things I see is, we're all under a lot of stress right now. What better way to deal with the stress than to exercise?"

Charles, who teaches a class on fitness at LA Fitness in Stockbridge, said maintaining an active lifestyle increases a person's longevity, and serves as an example for young people.

Similar rides are scheduled for the fourth Saturday of each month, until April, when they will be held on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month.

"These rides are to motivate our community, including all of our families and friends, to get healthy and have fun doing so. We will have a ball, while making smart choices for a healthier tomorrow," Mayor Stuart said.

Each ride is open to all ages, and helmets are required for all participants. For more information, call Miranda Roberts at (770) 389-5982, extension 221.