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More than 50 River Falls area kids receive free bikes and helmets

RIVER FALLS, Wis. 12/13/2013

On Saturday, December 7, more than 50 kids from River Falls, Ellsworth and Spring Valley received an early Christmas present. Volunteers at River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, provided the kids with free bikes and bike helmets, along with information on bike safety and concussion prevention.

Across the Allina Health system, more than 5,000 kids received bikes at 12 giveaway events. These bikes were collected at 51 Allina Health locations on Saturday, October 12. For nearly two months, volunteers worked tirelessly to clean and repair the bikes to have them ready for the kids.

"Biking is fun, a great way to get around town and excellent exercise," explained Heather Logelin, the hospital's director of foundation and community engagement. "We know that for some families, purchasing a new bike just isn't an option. This program is all about getting bikes into the hands of those kids, so that they can get outside and be active."

This was the third year in a row that Allina Health has teamed up with Free Bikes 4 Kidz to collect and distribute donated bicycles for kids in need throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. More about Free Bikes 4 Kidz is available online at www.fb4k.com.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services

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