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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Heads Up for Helmets

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 2010 at 10:01 AM

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Fact: Idaho is one of only 14 states in the United States with no local or state helmet laws related to bicycle use.
Fact: More than 700 bicycle riders are killed every year in the United States, and almost 75 percent of them die of head injuries.
Fact: research has shown that wearing a helmet while cycling reduces the risk of brain injury from an accident by 85 percent.

So if all this is true, why do so many cyclists in Boise still choose not to wear helmets? A new non-profit group in Boise called ProHelmet is on a mission to improve the statistics in this community by raising helmet-wearing awareness. Headed up by a board that includes Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong, the group has partnered with St. Luke's Regional Medical Center to sponsor "Wear Your Helmet To Work Day." Today, everyone in the St. Luke’s Emergency Department and Pediatrics units are wearing helmets during the work day as a symbolic gesture to underscore the importance of wearing helmets to prevent head injuries when engaging in high-risk sports such as cycling, skate-boarding, roller-blading, horseback riding and skiing/snowboarding. The group hopes to make it a community-wide event next year, but anyone who chooses to participate today can simply show up at work wearing a helmet.

I have mine, and I'll be wearing during every flight.

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