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Abel Belcher demonstrates the right way.

Health Corner | Helmet Safety

Buckle Up! Here’s Why You Should Go Head-First Into Bicycle Safety With Your Kiddo

By Angie Fenton | Photos by Adam Kleinert 

Less than five minutes after posting a photo of my toddler, Olive, on her new tricycle while haphazardly wearing her helmet on social media, I received three inbox messages essentially saying, “Your daughter’s helmet isn’t on correctly.”

Granted, we were in our carpeted living room and had only posted the photo for fun, but I took the messages seriously. Surely, I knew how to put a helmet on correctly…didn’t I? I mean, I’d only put it on for fun, but once we took her new trike outside, would she be protected?

Abel Belcher demonstrates the wrong way.

Abel Belcher demonstrates the wrong way.

Almost 400,000 children younger than 19 years of age are treated in U.S. emergency departments every year for bicycle-related injuries. In 2016, Norton Children’s Hospital had 22 bike versus motor vehicle injuries and 183 bike-related injuries.

Even if we were just tooling around in the driveway, I thought after learning the statistics, how can I keep my daughter safe?

First and foremost, said Sharon Rengers with Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness, anyone riding a bicycle – or tricycle – regardless of age, needs to wear a helmet that meets safety standards. Look for ones that have the Consumer Product Safety Commission or American National Standards Institute stickers on them. I bought mine at Target brand-new. Speaking of which…

Sure, used clothes and toys are awesome and save money, but “kind of like car seats,” said Rengers, “they’re good for one crash. You can’t always tell if it’s been in a crash or not.”

Abel Belcher demonstrates the right way.

Abel Belcher demonstrates the right way.

So, if you are looking at used – which is NOT advised – look for cracks inside and outside the helmet and any evidence of a crash of any kind. “I personally would rather just get a new (helmet) instead of trusting that it’s not been damaged before,” said Rengers, and I agree. Safety first. Always.

When it comes to the proper fit, the helmet needs to sit level on the head. Put two fingers above the eyebrow; that’s where the front of the helmet should be sitting, said Rengers.

Then, be sure one strap is placed before the ear and one strap is behind it. After snapping the straps together, an adult should be able to fit only one finger below the chin. Ask your child to open his or her mouth as wide as they can; they should feel the snugness. But remember: “It’s really important that you have it level so you’re protecting all lobes of their brain,” Rengers advised.

My tot isn’t exactly going for a jaunt on her parent-steered bike, so does she really need a helmet beyond the factor that (let’s face it) she looks super cute?

“Yes,” said Rengers, emphatically, “you really need a helmet – even on the driveway, on the sidewalk in front of your house or any time.”

In addition to safety, what you’re also teaching is a pattern, Rengers explained. “It’s like wearing a seatbelt. You do it every time so when (kids) are big and on their own, they do it every time.”

If you want more information about bicycle helmet safety call Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness at 502.629.7358.

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Get a Glimpse | Bonnie Walker-Armstrong

Photo by David Harrison

I refer to my age generically as 55 + because I refuse to encourage people to define or limit me based on a number.

I am formally trained as an attorney, but I am currently pursuing my interests and ministry as a consultant, motivational speaker and coach in lifestyle enhancement.

gg2Since 2006, the Louisville Athletic Club (LAC) has provided me with a solid facility for obtaining group fitness classes and self-directed floor exercises. Equally if not more important, it has also given me an extended family to join and support my journey to a healthier life. I have established genuine relationships with young men who are my “second sons” and women who are my sisters from another mother. When I feel 55+ or my motivation is lagging, I can always look to them to cheer me on. Likewise, I encourage them in their exercise efforts and use my years to provide guidance on non-exercise matters to help them achieve the best life possible.

As a two-time cancer survivor who learned that obesity is a great risk factor for cancer, I am blessed to have maintained an 80 to 90 pound weight loss for the past 11 years. I am also pleased that in September 2016 I rode 100 miles in the Bike to Beat Cancer event that raised funds for cancer research and programs in this community. Realizing I have advanced degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis, I believe God enabled me to complete that feat to inspire others to step out of their comfort zones to live life to its fullest.

A current and immediate challenge is that I have had to modify my exercise program because of being in a car accident last December. Often I experience some discomfort, but I have decided that modification instead of termination is the key to this life reality. As long as my therapists agree I am functioning at a level where I am not aggravating my situation, I will continue with a modified workout program.

Additionally, for the rest of my life I will face the challenge of being a “foodaholic.” Just like alcoholism it is a life time condition, but unlike an alcoholic, I have to deal with food daily in order to live. However, learning how to realign my food choices and putting structure into my relationship with food along with maintaining an exercise program are the best opponents for my demon.

God, my immediate family (especially my son)and my extended LAC family are my biggest supporters in this journey. Years ago, my son took a bold move to share that he was angry at me because I was killing myself with my poor food habits and inactivity. That proved to be a major change motivator for me.

My advice to someone who wants to improve his or her chances for a healthier life is to stop looking at the exercise infomercials like movies and salivating at the claims of easy and overnight weight loss for the supplements featured in many magazines. Understand that improving your health does not come immediately, but it is possible if you decide you are important enough to make the sacrifices and put in the time. Instead of continuing to talk about it, just get up and do it. Start out in a place like LAC where you can be in a community of people who are attacking the problems you need to address. It’s not too late until God says your time is up!

My fitness plan includes exercise five to six days a week and a changed way of eating. My meals are low fat with adequate protein from chicken, turkey, cheese or vegetable protein and a lot of vegetables and fruits. I have learned that I can still have a good quantity to my meals without a lot of calories when I eliminate the fatty meats and increase my vegetables and use fruit as a regular part of the meal.

I also incorporate physical activity into vacations and my life generally whenever possible. I love dancing, Zumba and Refit weekend events, riding my bike, walking in the park and I even challenge a friend on the basketball court on occasion. I am trying to stay fit by eating healthy and moving at every chance I can.