At each distribution an educational program is presented to emphasize the importance of wearing a helmet and to teach bicycle safety. Children who use helmets as soon as they begin riding are more likely to continue that healthy behavior throughout their lifetime.
“GRMC is dedicated to getting helmets to our kids to keep them safe,” explains Cory Jackson, GRMC wellness manager. “Both the kids and parents are always very appreciative, and of course, the kids think it’s cool to get a new helmet. We encourage parents to be vigilant in requiring youth to wear their new helmets. Parents can still greatly influence the habits of young riders. We hope to help establish healthy habits such as exercising and wearing helmets.”
Helmets are given out in 12 school districts covering – BGM, Central Iowa Christian Academy, East Marshall, GMG, Grinnell/Newburg, Lynnville/Sully, Meskwaki Settlement, Montezuma, North Mahaska, Sully Christian, South Tama, and Victor (HLV).
Jackson along with Craig Cooper of Bikes to You, GRMC employees and medical stafwill visit the schools and fit a helmet to each third-grade student as well as discuss the importance of preventing head injury.
Financial supporters of the bike helmet distribution in addition to GRMC and the GRMC Medical staff include The State Bank of Toledo, Garwin Ambulance, Ramsey-Weeks, Inc., and the Love Our Kids grant.
Brandon Senetharysouk is fitted for his new bicycle helmet by Dr. Emil Pecholt, Deer Creek Family Health Care physician last Wednesday at the South Tama elementary School. He was one of 106 STC third grade students who received the helmets through a program sponsored by Grinnell Regional Medical Center and area businesses. STORY, MORE PHOTOS PAGE 2 and CLICK CU -tamatoledonews.com Chronicle photos/John Speer