Rhoades Car International: Health, Wellness, and Sustainability!


By Julie Alexander Government Contracts, Grants and Sustainability Coordinator

Last year I had no idea four-wheel bicycles even existed, yet here I am, working with an amazing company, promoting, not just a bicycle, but an experience.  My name is Julie Alexander and I am the government contracts, grants, and sustainability coordinator for Rhoades Car International.  Part of my job is to help create the whole Rhoades Car experience and then promote it.  Admittedly I’m full of ideas, and I’m always ready to pounce on them immediately, but our dutiful CEO has to pull the reigns with a “whoa Nelly….slow down” every once in a while!  I can’t help myself as I know Rhoades Car has the potential to change the way our world looks at a “family ride” and the way our businesses look at health, wellness, and sustainability.

Rhoades Car has developed a line of industrial bicycles to address a need for eco-friendly transportation for businesses, and to address a need for employees to exercise while they work (makes me think of the seven dwarfs’ “whistle while you work” J).  I imagine these bikes replacing military gators, golf carts, and gas powered vehicles, while conserving energy, boosting employee morale and saving money.

Rhoades’ Industrial line is the perfect work truck solution for industrial facilities committed to going green. Rhoades Industrial Bikes are simply the most efficient means of factory transportation today! Not only will your emissions be eliminated, but your employees will be fit and that can have a positive impact on overall morale, health insurance and workers comp premiums, and sustainability! Can you imagine the maintenance costs on your work vehicles being virtually eliminated? And I haven’t even mentioned the safety factor.  Four-wheel bikes are so much more stable than 2 and 3-wheel factory transportation.

In addition to sustainability, and workplace health and wellness, Rhoades Car is in the midst of designing an exciting addition to our recreational line of bicycles that will address personal health and wellness.  Along with the new Rhoades Cross-Trainer model, I have created a 90 Day Rhoades to Wellness program designed around both the ComfortRide and the new cross-trainer model.  We believe we can make an impact on the obesity epidemic with these exercise bicycles and our unique program.

It’s hard to swallow that “thirty-three states had a prevalence of obesity equal to or greater than 25%; nine of these states (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia) had a prevalence of obesity equal to or greater than 30%” in 2009, as seen in the chart below (CDC 2010).

Percent of Obese (BMI > 30) in U.S. Adults

Obesity is a leading cause of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and a plethora of other ailments.  The food we consume contributes to arthritis, fibromyalgia, joint pain, headaches, and several other disorders.

Rhoades Car International is committed to educating and providing an avenue for health, wellness, and sustainability efforts.

Stay tuned for frequent updates and helpful hints related to sustainability; eating well; healthy, delicious recipes; exercise routines; and information on changing poor habits into life changing lifestyles!