Lorain County, Ohio The Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) awarded 72 helmets to Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) to promote bike helmet safety. This marks the second year in a row that LCPH has been honored with this valuable resource.

“Biking is just one way to get around in Lorain County. LCPH is dedicated to fostering safer biking environments for all people, including our youth,” said Mark Adams, MPH, REHS, health commissioner at LCPH. “Wearing a bike helmet every time you ride prevents injuries and can increase your chances of survival in the event of a crash.” According to Ohio AAP, helmet use can reduce the risk of head injury by 85%.

These helmets are earmarked for school-aged youth engaged in Elyria Safe Routes to School programs. Additionally, they will be distributed to participants of the Girls in Gear Camp in North Ridgeville this summer, hosted by North Ridgeville Heart & Sole Collaborative. Participants in these specific programs will each receive one helmet at no cost. They will learn how to properly fit and wear the helmet as part of the program. Youth will also get educated on traffic laws.

Any North Ridgeville resident in grades four through nine may participate in the Girls in Gear program. Space is limited; email North Ridgeville Heart & Sole at nrheartandsole@gmail.com for more details on Girls in Gear registration.

The helmets are awarded through the Put a Lid On It program. Since 2011, the program has distributed more than 93,000 helmets. Learn more about bike helmet safety at OhioAAP.org. Visit LorainCountyHealth.com to learn how Lorain County Public Health serves and supports a healthy community, or call 440-322-6367. Get local health updates on XInstagramFacebook, or YouTube.