Event set at the Evans Community Center, 1361 Florida Avenue NE in Palm Bay
Goal is to distribute helmets out to kids who might not otherwise be able to afford them,’ trauma surgeon says.
WHAT: Bike helmet fitting and giveaway for kids at the Health in the Community Farmers Market & Wellness Fair
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 25
WHERE: Evans Community Center, 1361 Florida Ave. NE, Palm Bay
FOR MORE: For more on Helmets for Kids, contact Natalie.Page@hf.org.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Would we hop in a car today without buckling up? Probably not. We shouldn’t climb on a bicycle without helmeting either, says Health First Trauma Surgeon Dr. Scott Zenoni.
Dr. Zenoni will join fellow Health First trauma clinicians from Holmes Regional Medical Center, along with representatives of the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization, Palm Bay Professional Firefighters Community Benevolent Inc., and Melbourne Professional Firefighters Benevolent Inc. for a “Helmets for Kids” giveaway and fitting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, part of the larger Community Farmers Market & Wellness Fair at Evans Community Center in Palm Bay.
A centerpiece of Saturday’s event will be handing out bicycle helmets free – first come, first served – to youths who cannot easily acquire such protective equipment.
“Our goal is to distribute helmets to kids who might not otherwise be able to afford them,” Dr. Zenoni said. “We are also looking towards the future. As a kid in the ‘70s and ‘80s, I don’t recall anyone on bicycles wearing helmets. As a result, so many who are adults now still don’t. Think about the life-changing injuries and traumas that could be prevented presently – if we had just started the habit of wearing a helmet at a young age. Now is our chance to have the new generation do just that.”
Dr. Zenoni will be joined by Health First’s First Flight Nurse Manager Rob Spivey and Nadyra Ingram, the Clinical Account Executive who coordinates disaster drills involving Brevard County first responders.
The three are certified to demonstrate a proper helmet fit. They will also discuss defensive bicycling and pedestrian practices, including Dr. Zenoni’s Be Seen, Be Safe awareness campaign.
“Working in the Emergency Department, we see a lot of head injuries that might have been prevented had the person been wearing a helmet while riding their bicycle. Even though we will be handing out bicycle helmets, we’ll also be educating on motorcycle helmet use and safety in general,” Ingram said.
“Florida overall is the most dangerous place in the country for pedestrian and bicycle accident injuries. As a state-approved Trauma Center, we have a responsibility to provide education and resources to help lower these rates,” said Spivey.
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