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HealthyCT and CCAP team up for Health & Wellness Ride from Hartford to Stamford

CT Cycling Advancement Program team to pedal through Fairfield County to 4th Annual Stamford Hospital Health & Wellness Expo


(Wallingford) If your Saturday plans involve leaf-peeping along our state’s scenic back roads between Hartford and Stamford, don’t be surprised to see a team of cyclists wearing orange shoes as bright as the fall foliage. A Pro-am team from the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP) will be participating in HealthyCT’s annual Health and Wellness Ride from the capital city to the 4th Annual Stamford Hospital Health & Wellness Expo at Chelsea Piers Connecticut.

The cyclists will be riding to bring attention to the benefits of biking as great outdoor exercise that anyone can enjoy as recreation or competition. The team, which is sponsored by HealthyCT, also hopes to raise awareness about the importance of having health insurance – not just when you’re sick, but for all the non-cost benefits you get to help you stay healthy. The topic is very timely given that the annual sign-up period for health insurance begins in just two weeks. Like the non-profit health insurance company’s CEO, who often wears orange high-tops, the cycling team wears orange shoes and HealthyCT-branded cycling socks.

“Our goal at HealthyCT is to help our members stay well, and our partnership with CCAP goes hand-in-glove with that mission, supporting an organization that is bringing hundreds of kids into the sport of cycling,” said HealthyCT CEO Ken Lalime. “We use this ride each year as a way to highlight a terrific form of physical activity and the upcoming open enrollment period that starts November 1.”

The riders will start their 88-mile journey at Hartford’s XL Center and continue through Farmington, Cheshire, Beacon Falls, Monroe, Redding, Wilton and New Canaan before ending at Stamford’s Chelsea Piers Connecticut, 1 Blachley Road, around 1 p.m. The team will then ride for the rest of the day on their bikes on stationary rollers in the HealthyCT booth, where they will be available to talk to guests about CCAP, cycling and their ride across the state. Visitors can also learn more about Connecticut’s non-profit health insurance CO-OP and its health plans for families and businesses from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the CCAP team again will join HealthyCT and will race attendees on electronic race simulator bikes. HealthyCT also is sponsoring the event’s Passport for Life booklets that attendees will get to record information from the many free health and wellness screenings available that day, and to be eligible to win some great prizes.

About HealthyCT

Founded by physicians, HealthyCT opened for business in 2013 with a mission to provide Connecticut residents with comprehensive health insurance and easy access to quality healthcare. In 2015, it earned three-year NCQA Accreditation. It is committed to developing an innovative, progressive health plan that ensures the delivery of patient-centered care for individuals, families and businesses of all sizes. Unlike traditional for-profit insurance companies, any profits generated by HealthyCT are to be used to stabilize or reduce premiums to consumers and businesses, and/or to enhance plan benefits and services. HealthyCT can be found at www.HealthyCT.org; across social media @HealthyCTPlan and at 35 Thorpe Avenue in Wallingford. HealthyCT’s toll-free phone number is 1-855-HLTHYCT (458-4928).

About the CCAP:

The CCAP is a non-profit 501c3 charitable organization with a mission to better the lives of youth and young adults through the sport of cycling. Its goal is to provide opportunities in cycling both in and out of schools, through high-school cycling clubs, parks and recreation programs and youth travel teams. After less than four years of existence, the CCAP has established 28 school and recreation programs across the state with more than 400 participants.