The “Sweet Pea” Bike Blender Impacts on Healthy Eating

The Bike Lane recently donated a bike to the Capital Area Food Bank to help provide a fun way to show kids how to eat healthy! We are excited that a bike can be such a great tool for awesome education.  It’s just another example of how bikes can save the world!

Bike Blender Impacts Communities with New Perspective on Healthy Eating

My name is Jeremi, I am the Family Market Coordinator at the Capital Area Food Bank located in Washington, DC. My role at the food bank is to help supply food to schools that are in high-need, and under-served areas around the DC, MD, and VA regions. I really enjoy what I do, especially knowing that a hungry child may have an extra meal or two because of the generous donations of others.

One thing we are trying to implement this year into the program is educating those we serve in areas of nutrition, and healthy eating. A fun way to help teach students and families about these topics is with our brand new Rock the Bike Smoothie Blender, also known as “Green Machine” or “Sweet Pea” because of the vibrant color! The bike will travel with me to several of my school sites, that host these emergency food pantries, periodically throughout the year and will be used as an educational tool as well as an exciting way to engage the students and the families. That is me in the picture below powering a smoothie for our regular food pantry agencies that wake up early in the morning to come pick up food from us to distribute to the community throughout the day. What better way to start the morning, right? We are very excited about our new toy that will have an impact on our communities perspective on eating healthy! Thank you!Capital Area Food Bank

Above: Jeremi bike blending on Sweet Pea with the Fender Blender Universale Stationary Kit. Sweet Pea was donated to the Capital Area Food Bank by The Bike Lane in Springfield, Virginia.

Copperhead snakes sighted in and around Lake Accotink and Wakefield Park trails

Yikes!

Keep an eye our for these guys this fall.

Keep an eye our for these guys this fall.

As autumn approaches, poisonous Copperhead snakes have been seen in growing numbers around local bike and walking trails.

Copperhead snakes are pit vipers or crotalids (family Crotalidae); poisonous snakes that are named for the two heat sensing pits used to locate prey that are positioned between the eyes and the nostrils.

According to copperhead-snake.com, “Their venom is hemolytic; it destroys the red corpuscles of the blood and releases the hemoglobin into the surrounding fluid. The resultant hemorrhaging destroys the snake’s normal prey, mostly small mammals.”

Bites on humans can be very painful for adults but potentially dangerous for small children and pets.

County employees at Lake Accotink Park say there have been some reports of copperheads there.  Neighborhood patrols in Accotink Creek drainage areas have reported the snakes, as well.

As daytime air temperatures fall, the snakes seek sunny rocks to warm their bodies.  They blend easily into fallen leaves.

There have been no reports of bites on humans so far, but walkers, runners and bicycle riders should check out their surrounding as they navigate trails.  Look closely at the trail before you stop, especially if you are reaching for an object on the ground.

Copperheads are usually colorful and strikingly patterned snakes, according to the copperhead-snake.com website.  The background color of the back and sides is tan to pinkish. There are darker, chestnut colored bands across the back and sides. Each hourglass shaped band is of varying width.

Bite symptoms include intense pain, tingling, throbbing, swelling, and severe nausea. Damage can occur to muscle and bone tissue, especially when the bite occurs in the outer extremities such as the hands and feet, areas in which there is not a large muscle mass to absorb the venom.

Immobilize the bitten area and keep it lower than the heart. Get medical help, the website suggests. Do not attempt to drive yourself. Most of all try and stay calm to keep from pumping the poison around your system. The main thing is to get to a hospital.

If you suspect that your pet has been bitten by a Copperhead, keep the animal calm – carry to your car if possible, and drive to a veterinary clinic.

Do not apply ice or try to suck the poison out. Wrap a bandage firmly around the affected limb as often more than one bite occurs.

For more information on Copperheads, go to copperhead-snake.com.