Biking as medicine
POCATELLO — Cade VanEtten can bunny-hop the tallest curb on a mountain bike, while Xan Roberts isn’t far removed from training wheels.
Despite their differing skill levels, the children both claim to have a keener focus on classwork Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays — when they get to start the school day with 40 minutes of pedaling and burning excess energy.
They’ve been participants in a new program at the Pocatello Community Charter School called Riding for Focus, which aims to prove biking can be the best medicine for middle-schoolers who have trouble behaving or paying attention in class. The program is not for credit, and will resume for the current school year in October.