YMCA Healthy Kids Day
10:00am – 1:00pm
The annual Healthy Kids Day event takes place at hundreds of YMCA locations across the nation on Saturday, April 29, an initiative to improve the health and well-being of local kids.
Here in the great Puget Sound area, Kaiser Permanente will partner with Team Thrive, a professional women’s cycling team, and more than 250 volunteers to fit kids with free bicycle helmets. The goal is to give away 10,000 helmets at Healthy Kids Day and similar events this spring.
Kaiser Permanente Medical Director and avid cyclist Matthew Handley, MD will show how to properly fit a helmet and discuss helmet safety.
Certified? Choose a bicycle helmet that meets the safety standards of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Look for a sticker on the helmet.
Size & Fit: The helmet should fit snuggly, not moving up or down, front to back or side to side. Pads can be used inside the helmet to fine-tune the fit, but should not be used in lieu of acquiring a more appropriate-sized helmet.
Eyes: The helmet should sit level on the head, resting one to two finger widths above the eyebrows.
Ears: The straps of the helmet should form a “Y” around each ear, with the slider resting below the earlobe. The straps should be flat against the head, not twisted.
Chin: The buckle should be centered below the chin, loose enough to allow breathing and speaking, but not so loose that the helmet moves. A helpful test is if you can fit a finger between the buckle and chin.
When to replace: Helmets should be replaced every three to five years, regardless if they have been in an accident. If there has been a crash or other impact, replace the helmet.
West Seattle YMCA (WSB Sponsor)
4515 36th Ave SW