Postal Service's Bicycling Stamps Promote Healthy Lifestyle

Postal Service's Bicycling Stamps Promote Healthy Lifestyle

To: HEALTH AND NATIONAL EDITORS

Cycling Reduces Obesity, Heart Disease; Improves Muscle Tone, Strength

MINNEAPOLIS, June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — One of the nation’s most popular outdoor activities gets its stamp of approval today from the U.S. Postal Service with the issuance of the Bicycling Forever stamps. The four stamps feature a young child just learning to ride with training wheels, a commuter pedaling to work, a road racer intent on the finish line and an airborne BMX rider.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120607/DC21060[1])

Available nationwide today, the stamps can be purchased online at usps.com/shop[2], by calling 1-800-STAMP-24 (1-800-782-6724) or by visiting Post Offices.

“Minneapolis is a city that’s universally regarded as one of the most bicycle-friendly in America,” said Michael Amato, vice president, Engineering Systems, in dedicating the stamps. “We’re saluting today a city whose citizens had the perseverance and the foresight to create a bicycle-friendly environment. Moreover, bicycling is a low-impact aerobic activity that just about everyone — from young children to retirees — can enjoy. Riding a bike lowers the risk of obesity, heart disease and breast cancer while improving muscle tone and strength. It also can lower stress. Whether riding along a lakeside path or through the bike lanes of a bustling city, bicycling is therapeutic and just plain fun.”

Joining Amato in dedicating the stamps were Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Angela Keegan Benson, assistant news director, WCCO-TV.

“It’s fitting that the Postal Service has chosen Minneapolis for the national release of new bicycling stamps during Twin Cities Bike Walk Week,” said Mayor Rybak. “Minnesotans use their bikes for every reason imaginable – recreation, making the quick trip to the store, the commute to work and many more. Everyone benefits when people ride bikes, so join your neighbor and hop on yours today.”

Recent surveys indicate that Americans enjoy billions of bike rides a year. Bicycling organizations around the country report increased participation in local biking activities, and nearly half of all Americans say they would like more bicycling resources, such as trails and bike lanes, in their communities.

Bicycling also is an efficient and affordable means of transportation. These days, increasing numbers of people ride their bikes to and from work or use them to run neighborhood errands. Many travel organizations offer cycling tours, from leisurely half-day jaunts to weeks-long excursions. No matter how long the ride, choosing to bike rather than drive cuts down on traffic congestion, fuel consumption and vehicle emissions, which benefits the environment and helps improve air quality.

The types of bikes vary greatly. For ease and comfort, commuters and many recreational riders prefer road or touring bikes, which feature light frames and thin tires designed for riding on pavement. Some road bikes are built primarily for speed and are used by competitive riders in road races around the world. BMX bikes have been popular with recreational and competitive riders since the early 1970s. Originally modeled on motocross motorcycles, they have light frames and knobby tires that make them perfect for all terrain types. Other kinds of bikes include mountain and off-road, tandem and recumbent.

Customers may view the Bicycling stamps, as well as many of this year’s other stamps, indicate which stamps they like and vote for their favorite stamp on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps[3], through Twitter @USPSstamps[4] or on the website Beyond the Perf at beyondtheperf.com/2012-preview[5]. Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service’s online site for background information on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.

How to Obtain the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at a local Post Office, at The Postal Store website at usps.com/shop[6] or by calling 1-800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others and place them in larger envelopes addressed to:

Bicycling Stamp

Main Post Office 100 S. First Street, Room 127 Minneapolis, MN 55401-9998

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes by mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by Aug. 7, 2012.

How to Order First-Day CoverCyclings The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic Catalog, online at usps.com/shop[7] or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service Catalog Request

PO Box 219014 Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products There are seven philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

469363, First-Day Cover Set of 4[8], $3.56. 469368, Digital Color Postmark[9] (DCP) Set of 4, $6.40. 469384, Uncut Press Sheet[10], $54.00. 469391, Ceremony Program[11] (random single), $6.95. 469392, Stamp Deck Card[12], $0.95. 469394, Stamp Deck Card w/DCP[13] (random single), $1.95. 469399, Cancellation Keepsake[14] (DCP Set 4 w/Pane), $15.95.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation — 151 million residences, businesses and Post Office(TM) Boxes. The Postal Service(TM) receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com(R), the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world’s mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 35th in the 2011 Fortune 500. In 2011, Oxford Strategic Consulting ranked the U.S. Postal Service number one in overall service performance of the posts in the top 20 wealthiest nations in the world. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency for six years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

Follow the Postal Service on www.twitter.com/USPSstamps[15] and at www.facebook.com/USPSSTAMPS[16]

SOURCE U.S. Postal Service

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References

  1. ^ http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120607/DC21060 (photos.prnewswire.com)
  2. ^ usps.com/shop (www.usps.com)
  3. ^ facebook.com/USPSStamps (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @USPSstamps (www.twitter.com)
  5. ^ beyondtheperf.com/2012-preview (www.beyondtheperf.com)
  6. ^ usps.com/shop (www.usps.com)
  7. ^ usps.com/shop (www.usps.com)
  8. ^ First-Day Cover Set of 4 (store.usps.com)
  9. ^ Digital Color Postmark (store.usps.com)
  10. ^ Uncut Press Sheet (store.usps.com)
  11. ^ Ceremony Program (store.usps.com)
  12. ^ Stamp Deck Card (store.usps.com)
  13. ^ Stamp Deck Card w/DCP (store.usps.com)
  14. ^ Cancellation Keepsake (store.usps.com)
  15. ^ www.twitter.com/USPSstamps (www.twitter.com)
  16. ^ www.facebook.com/USPSSTAMPS (www.facebook.com)

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15 Responses to “Postal Service's Bicycling Stamps Promote Healthy Lifestyle”

  1. Healthy Lifestyle? I usually go on a medium intensity run for 60 minutes a day, four to five days a week. In addition, I do a total of at least 150 push ups and sit ups in each work out. I don’t consume more than 1500-1600 calories a day. I eat little to no junk food, and take my vitamins. I’m 18, male, and weigh about 164, around 14 to 15 percent body fat. Do I lead a healthy lifestyle? If there are ways to improve, let me know.

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    • HealthNut Reply

      I think you are doing very well. Never give it up and try to maintain it as your lifestyle.

      Good Luck

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    What does it mean to live a healthy lifestyle?
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    How hard should I exercise?
    How much time should I spend exercising?
    How much sleep should I get each night?
    How do I deal with stress?
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  3. Healthy Lifestyle………? I wanna start a healthy lifestyle but I dunno where to start, can you please help? I’d really appreciate that and by the way, I’m 16.

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      Begin by giving up fast food it is so full of fat, sugar, carbs, and all the wrong things for you. My daughter gave up soda and lost 20 pounds because it is loaded with sugar. Eat fish not fried 2 to 3 times a week, chicken 2 to 3 times a week skinless, lots of vegetables, and fruit and you will be getting there.

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      Two of the healthiest diets in the world are the Mediterranean diet and the Okinawa diet.

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    AT least 6-8 points would do. thank you.

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      The computer is not a healthy lifestyle for people. It programs us to thinking we can find everything on here. Jobs, pay bills, shop, everything! We can do that ourselves and it seems technology is taking the chores away from us, that can be easily done by human themself. The computer can help us though when we need to find information, imformation fast. Websites help us retain information, advertisements are just like commericals there just trying to sell or maniupulate us to buy whatever their advertising. The computer is not improving our healthy lifestyle. Peoples eyes can go out of sight and hurt very badly(like mine and i’m only 15 years old.) from years and years staring at the computer. The worst thing to stare at is a computer screen — I don’t know why I still do it for hours at end, but I do. The computer will never promote the quality of healthy lifestyle, its just not possible. The computer can convince people to stop drugs and alcohol but if you think about it would you rather have an obsession over the computer for hours at the day, you have to be near the computer you have to be on it then doing drugs or alcohol? The computer is just as bad addiction as alcohol and drugs. The computer cannot HELP us other then give us fast information when we need it. The computer although has so much information and so many untrusted sites you never know if what your reading is a lie. And I hope I get 10 points because I just wasted my time answering this long question, I hope you weren’t just asking this for the heck of this — I hope it was for some essay lol.

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      You need a healthy lifestyle in school to concentrate on your studies. You need to be able to focus for one thing. You also need to plenty of rest, and a good diet.

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    + Monsanto would go bankrupt.
    + McDonald’s and KFC would go bankrupt.
    + There would be a huge decline in heart disease and diabetes.
    + There would be a huge increase in commercial and private organic gardening.

    What else would happen if tomorrow everyone learned how to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle?

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      Less air pollution
      trader joes and whole foods would have more business
      all soda companies would get less business
      subway would prolly increase in sales.
      etc

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