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HVP May 2016

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24 Hudson Valley Parent n May 2016 might not be as widely known is that our area counties boast some of the best biking trails in the Northeast. Biking is one of the best ways to engage all of your senses as you set By KYMBERLY BRECKENRIDGE T he Hudson Valley is, of course, known for its rich history, and arts and culture - but what off to explore small river towns and great stretches of farmland. As trails are numerous, it is easy to find one that matches your level of expertise and offers a perfect training ground for young families. According to Bill Stelz, president of the Orange County Bicycle Club (OCBC), parents are not really en- couraging cycling much these days, perhaps due to increased motor vehicle traffic on roads, after-school activities, or a lack of spare time. "We see biking as a trifecta of health, mental and social benefits... promoting an active outdoor lifestyle as well as creating happier, better connected communities," Stelz says. "And we are focused on doing a bet- ter job getting kids and their families on bikes." Approach the ride as a family outing with frequent stops and snacks so that kids are eager to participate in the future. Happy trails to you… Family biking in the Valley We Have Moved • Brand new, state of the art facility • Digital X-rays • iPad station in the waiting room • TVs mounted on ceilings during dental work • Great kid friendly space • Always taking extra time to listen & work through fears (IV sedation or nitrous oxide used if needed) k

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