|Bicycle helmets keep riders safe
following are the upcoming Wellness Wednesday topics. On May 19, from
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Ashley River Tower lobby, there will be bike
helmets for sale for $15, a $10 discount. There also will be state park
passes for sale at a 20 percent discount. On May 26 there will be a
free bone screening and information about osteoporosis from 10 a.m. to
Kristin Greeson, coordinator of Safe Kids Trident Area, and Stephanie
Power, MUSC injury prevention coordinator, have teamed up to keep MUSC
employees and their families safe. The current goals are safety
education about the importance of always buckling up, being a focused
driver and wearing bike helmets.
The first step to ensuring the safety of children is ensuring the
parents’ safety. Parents serve as the greatest role model for their
Some bike safety facts to know:
- The use of a
bicycle helmet can prevent 88 percent of critical head and brain
- Children sustain
more than 275,000 nonfatal bicycle injuries each year.
- Nearly 690
children are injured daily due to bicycle-related crashes.
- An estimated
14,000 youth bicyclists were injured involving a motor vehicle in 2005.
- In 3 out of 4
crashes, bikers get some sort of injury to their head.
- Most bicycle
crashes occur within five blocks of a person’s home.
In an effort to
promote healthy lifestyles and injury prevention, bicycle helmets are
being sold for infants through adults for $15 through May. For
information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
- Infants on the
back of bicycles and children in jogging strollers need bike helmets.
The May 26 Wellness Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., features
free bone screenings on a first-come, first-serve basis in honor of May
being osteoporosis month. The Musculoskeletal Institute’s Center for
Osteoporosis and Bone Health will be offering the screenings as
part of its goal to heighten awareness and treatment of osteoporosis
and bone health.
Editor's note: The preceding column was
brought to you on behalf of Health 1st. Striving to bring various
topics and representing numerous employee wellness organizations and
committees on campus, this weekly column seeks to provide MUSC, MUHA
and UMA employees with current and helpful information concerning all
aspects of health.
Friday, May 14, 2010