Van Matre HealthSouth to Give Out 200 Bicycle Helmets
Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture between Mercy Rockford Health System and HealthSouth, will distribute 200 bike helmets to members of the community on Saturday, May 13 from 8 - 11 a.m. at the inpatient rehabilitation hospital located at 950 South Mulford Road. The helmets will be given on a first come, first served basis.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that less than 50 percent of people wear helmets when riding bicycles. In 2010, an estimated 515,000 individuals sustained bicycle-related injuries that required emergency department care.
“Wearing a properly fitted helmet when riding a bicycle decreases the risk of head injury should an accident occur,” said Kenneth Bowman, chief executive officer of Van Matre HealthSouth. “This is one small way we can give back to our community to help decrease the percentage of those affected by head injury.”