Physical inactivity poses one of the biggest modern threats to public health. While mental and physical health are often conceptualized as separate domains, our minds and bodies are inextricably connected. For instance, exercise increases the release of serotonin in the brain, which can elevate mood and regulate the sleep cycle. Chronic modern life stressors can lead to depression and a negative sense of self. Therefore, I'm riding for THIS reason....to encourage and promote physical activity while supporting an atmosphere of positive mental and emotional health. For ME, riding for the second year in the annual 'Tour de Creme' will not only engage my body in a moderate-intensity aerobic workout to relieve stress and get me in shape for the summer, but MOST IMPORTANTLY, it will support two local community organizations - the MATTAPOISETT LAND'S TRUST and the FRIENDS OF THE MATTAPOISETT BIKE PATH. These two organizations together promote exercise and showcase and protect our beautiful area we know as the Southcoast. Please donate to support all of these causes. Thank you!