Bike helmet safety program to be held by Evangelical Community Heath and Wellness

LEWISBURG – Every year, about 300,000 kids go to the emergency department because of bike injuries, and at least 10,000 kids have injuries that require a few days in the hospital. One such injury is head injury, which can mean brain injury. Wearing a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regulated bicycle helmet can reduce the chances of your child experiencing a head injury during a fall.

On Tuesday, June 10, from 4-6 p.m. a bike helmet safety program will be held for children 12 and under at McDonald’s on Route 15 in Lewisburg. The event is being held by Community Health and Wellness of Evangelical Community Hospital and sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Buffalo Valley AM and Kiwanis of Lewisburg.

Children taking part in the event will receive a CPSC-regulated bike helmet and instruction on safe bike helmet use in exchange for a book that is in new or good condition. Children must be present to receive a helmet and to have it properly fitted.

All books received during the event will be donated to the Eastern Union County Food Bank and a local child care center. Ronald McDonald will also be making an appearance to greet children and their families.

Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs about 1,460 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The hospital is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Lycoming counties.

Zackary Yetter was one of 156 children fitted for bike safety helmets at last year’s Bike Helmet Safety Event held at the Lewisburg McDonald’s located next to Evangelical Community Hospital. Organized by Evangelical’s Community Health and Wellness Center and sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Buffalo Valley AM and Kiwanis of Lewisburg, the event is held annually to emphasis the importance of bike safety and proper bike helmet use. The helmets are given free of charge along with pamphlets on bike safety and are properly fitted on-site.