Monday, April 26, 2010

Congratulations to our riders!

This past Saturday, 23 UB medical students joined more than 200 young physicians-in-training from across New England and New York in the second annual “Miles for Healthier Lifestyles” bicycle relay sponsored by the American Medical Association - Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS).

Members of the local AMA-MSS chapter at the University at Buffalo organized and cycled a 20-mile bike route from Tonawanda, NY to Niagara Falls, NY to raise awareness for wellness, prevention, nutrition and exercise through healthy life steps and raise money for Sprouts, a nutrition and wellness group at the medical school.

All 23 riders completed the 20-mile bike ride, and 15 of the 23 riders completed the full 40-mile loop from Tonawanda, NY to Niagara Falls, NY and back, putting in a total of 760 miles for the day! In addition, all riders wrote and wore an inspirational quote about health and wellness on their back as a way to promote living a healthier lifestyle to the community.

5 enthusiastic volunteers also assisted the day of the event, providing food, water and support to the cyclists. It was indeed a beautiful day for a bike ride, and everyone who participated thoroughly enjoyed the event!

We are also excited to announce that the local AMA-MSS Buffalo Chapter has raised over $500 for Sprouts, and we still have a month left to go! We would like to thank our generous donors for contributing to and believing in the vision of Sprouts, which is to encourage medical students to eat well and be an example to their patients. In the past couple of weeks, Sprouts recently gained the support of the Dean of Medicine, Dr. Michael Cain, as well as President Simpson's Chief of Staff, Scott Nostaja, to begin a garden in North Campus.

Perhaps the most important lesson that we learned from this experience is the value of teamwork, working together (with each other and with other organizations) to reach a common goal and make that goal a reality. Again, we thank you for your support! If you wish to donate money to Sprouts, please visit our fundraising site below. We are raising money until the end of May/June 2010.

To view local media coverage of the event, please visit:
News Channel 4
SMBS Website