Fit Kids First Invited to "Hard Heads" Event!

By Carolyn Donaldson

Published 08/19 2013 02:55PM

Updated 08/19 2013 08:44PM

ALTOONA, BLAIR CONTY--  UPMC Altoona Trauma Service and Kohl’s department store, 213 Sophira Drive, Altoona, are working together to present “Hard Heads,” a community-based program through Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

“Hard Heads” educates children of all ages on the importance of wearing helmets correctly, and at all times, while riding anything on wheels.

Trained UPMC Altoona clinicians will hold a free helmet fitting on Saturday, Aug. 24, in Kohl’s parking lot. The fittings will take place from noon to 3 p.m. and include the distribution of free helmets, while supplies last. No appointment or helmet coupon is necessary, although helmet coupons are being distributed in advance to raise community awareness.

“Brain injuries are often life-threatening and life-changing,” said Amy Stayer, R.N., UPMC Altoona trauma educator/prevention coordinator. “By educating parents and children in our community about the importance of helmets, we can prevent more injuries and help keep our children safe for years to come.”

For questions, call UPMC Altoona’s Trauma Injury Prevention Department at 814-889-6098.

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