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Health Tips for February 4

Posted Feb 04 2011 12:00am
Health Tip: Make Sure Your Helmet Fits

Whether you're rollerblading, biking or skiing, a helmet can protect you from a deadly head injury.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says a helmet won't offer full protection, however, if it doesn't fit properly. The group offers these helmet-fitting suggestions
  • Make sure you select a helmet that meets standards set by the Snell Memorial Foundation or the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Make sure the helmet fits snugly and doesn't slide in any direction.
  • The helmet should sit squarely on your head and be level, without tilting.
  • The helmet should include a chinstrap to hold it in place.
Health Tip: Buy a Bike That Suits Your Child

As with any exercise equipment or sporting gear, a bicycle should fit a rider properly, especially if the user is a child.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions to make sure your child's new bike is safe
  • Seat your child on the bike with hands placed on the handlebars. The balls of your child's feet should touch the ground.
  • Ask your child to stand over the bar located at the center of the bike. The child should stand with both feet flat, and the child's crotch area should be about one inch above the bar.
  • An older child should be able to easily grab and apply enough pressure to use the hand brakes.
  • Never buy a bike that's too big for your child, thinking that the child will "grow into it."
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