As part of American Stroke Month in May, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association launches CycleNation as a way to encourage people to ride bicycles more often to help increase their brain and heart health.

Biking could include the use of road bikes or stationary bikes, or the participation in indoor cycling classes.

CycleNation is a national movement sponsored by Amgen Cardiovascular and CycleBar, per a media release from the American Heart Association.

The following CycleNation events are set to take place beginning in fall 2016: CycleNation—Ride, a multi-distance cycling event with various route options for all age groups and skill levels from novice to competitive cyclists; CycleNation—Indoor, a series of indoor cycle events held at CycleBar locations across the country launching in Atlanta (November 12-13), Cincinnati (October 15-16), Dallas (November 5-6), and Denver (October 1-2); and CycleNation—ProAm, an exclusive challenge ride intended to attract bicycling enthusiasts and USA cycling members (2017).

Funds raised from these events will continue to support research and community programs to help reduce stroke and heart disease, according to the release.

“Cardiovascular disease is the cause of death in roughly 1 in 3 Americans, but the risk of developing heart disease and stroke can be reduced substantially by making simple lifestyle changes,” states Mark A. Creager, MD, president, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, in the release.

“Through CycleNation, national sponsors Amgen Cardiovascular and CycleBar are making it even easier for Americans get active, and keep their heart and brain healthy,” he adds.

[Source(s): American Heart Association, PR Newswire]