SPC veterans Ride 2 Recovery through partnership


The St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus is going the distance and making strides to support veterans. A national physical and psychological rehabilitation and recovery program for veterans, Ride 2 Recovery, had expanded its efforts through a partnership with the college.

10258587_10154495712473368_1915358527804865011_oOn Friday, Feb. 12, an indoor bicycling training center opened called Project HERO (Healing, Exercise, Rehabilitation, Opportunity) Central Florida. Through cycling, the center strives to enhance the lives of area service members and veterans.

At the center, participants receive tailored fitness regimens and dietary and lifestyle counseling as they progress through individual cycling programs.

“We want to thank St. Petersburg College and the Student Veterans Association for hosting our program,” said John Wordin, President and CEO of Ride 2 Recovery. “It’s an extremely important project, and I think that over the weeks, months and year ahead, it will become a source of pride for the campus. There is no other program like this that combines the hard work and the reward of completing a goal you set for yourself that you were not sure you could accomplish.”

Program participants have seen an increase in their ability to perform normal day to day activities. In addition, 55 percent of participants who take prescription drugs have reduced or eliminated them, according to Ride 2 Recovery. The support and camaraderie among veterans help to overcome the mental and physical challenges of cycling.

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