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Area Third Graders to Receive Bike Helmets

Apr 27, 2017

Part of Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s mission is a commitment to promoting wellness. There’s no better time to start promoting wellness and safety than when local children get their bikes out for spring.

This year, Grinnell Regional Medical Center, the Grinnell Regional medical staff, and area businesses and individuals will again team up to prevent head-injuries by giving 582 new bicycle helmets to third graders in the GRMC service area.

GRMC staff and Bikes to You owner, Craig Cooper, will give a brief bike and wheel safety education presentation to the students in each area school at the time of the helmet distribution. During the presentation, GRMC staff, community volunteers, and Bikes to You adjust the straps on each helmet to ensure that they are fitted properly for every student.

“If you have wheels under your feet, have a helmet on your head.” These words should echo in the heads of all youth after they have received their free bicycle helmet. Since 1996, Grinnell Regional Medical Center and the Grinnell Regional Medical Staff have worked with Bikes to You to organize and distribute a free bike helmet to every third grader in the GRMC service area.

“This project has two major objectives: to help children enjoy exercise so they maintain a lifestyle of fitness and wellness and to help them exercise safely,” says Holly Pettlon, GRMC wellness specialist and program coordinator. “We use both education and providing third graders with equipment to teach them how fitness can be fun and how to practice it safely. Working with them early on helps them develop life-long safe habits for wellness.”

Helmets will be given to students in 12 schools in the GRMC service area – Brooklyn (BGM), Central Iowa Christian School, East Marshall, Green Mountain Garwin (GMG), Grinnell-Newburg, Lynnville-Sully, Meskwaki Settlement, Montezuma, North Mahaska, Sully Christian, South Tama, and Victor (HLV).

The GRMC bike helmet program would not be possible without the help of generous community partners committed to the health and wellbeing of those in the GRMC service area. GRMC would like to thank the following sponsors of the bike helmet program, including the Ahrens Park Foundation, Cirks Financial Services, Claude W. Ahrens Charitable Trust, Curt’s Collision Center, Len and Diane Eberhart, First State Bank, Grinnell College, Grinnell Elks Lodge, Grinnell State Bank, Grinnell Regional Medical Staff, Rosemary K. Jobes, John and Amy Kalkbrenner, Kiwanis Club of Grinnell, Denise Lamphier and Charlie Clements, Lion’s Club of Sully, Janice Logan, Love Our Kids grant, Lynnville Women’s Club, Laura Etta Metz, Penrose Lumber, Prairie Meadows Betterment Grant, Shopko, State Bank of Toledo, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and Vannoy Chevrolet, Inc. for their contributions to this important safety outreach program.

If you are interested in supporting this program, contact Denise Lamphier, GRMC director of communications and development, at 641-236-2589 or dlamphier@grmc.us.

2017 Distribution Dates:

  • Tuesday May 2, 9 a.m. – HLV; 10 a.m. – BGM; and 2:20 p.m. North Mahaska
  • Wednesday, May 3, 9 a.m. – Lynnville-Sully; 9:30 a.m. – Sully Christian; 1 p.m.

    South Tama Elementary; and 2:15 p.m. – Meskwaki Settlement

  • Thursday, May 4, 1:15 p.m. – Montezuma Elementary
  • Friday, May 5, 9 a.m. – East Marshall; 1:30 p.m. – Grinnell Newburg’s Davis School; and 2:30 p.m. – Central Iowa Christian Academy