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To the Editor:
I would like to thank Safe Kids Carroll County for partnering with the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) to help promote Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Week May 6-10 by hosting a helmet giveaway May 4.
Your community’s participation in Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Week is critical in helping the Ohio AAP reach the Put a Lid on It! campaign’s goal to raise awareness of the importance of safe biking among Ohio children and to continue encouraging adults and children to wear their bike helmets.

Bike helmets save lives and prevent injuries: in fact, in 2010, the number of people injured by not wearing a bike helmet was 51,000 – enough to fill Nationwide Arena in Columbus two and one-half times! And, by simply providing a $10 helmet to a child, we can take $41 out of our health care system.

To learn more about Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Week, visit the Put a Lid on It Facebook page at www.facebook .com/bikehelmetsafety or the Ohio AAP website at www.ohioaap.org.

Sarah Denny MD
Injury Prevention Committee Co-chair
Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Worthington, OH

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