Published on May 14, 2020

OH, DCPS team up for bicycle safety for kids

Donation of bicycle helmets funded by OH Foundation

Owensboro Health and the Daviess County Public Schools district have teamed up to encourage bicycle safety for kids this summer.

OH has donated 252 bicycle helmets that will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at three DCPS Summer Feeding Program locations on Friday, May 15, while supplies last. Giveaway sites are Burns, Meadow Lands and Sorgho elementary schools.

Although physical distancing restrictions and other precautions will not permit allowing children to try on the helmets, they will be organized by size and approximate age groups so parents can select the helmets most likely to fit their children. Extra-small helmets typically fit children ages 3-6; small/medium size usually fits children ages 6-11; and large helmets usually fit children age 11 and older.

Focus on health and safety

Kay Ewing, RN, who serves as OH community injury prevention educator, said, “While this summer may look a little different than usual, we are continuing to focus on the health and safety of our community. We may not be able to do regular bike helmet safety checks, but we know it’s very important to continue to provide bike helmets and safety education to children. Owensboro Health Foundation has funded this grant to help us serve our communities through bike helmet safety and education.”

DCPS food services director Lisa Sims said this donation is another example of the outstanding partnership that exists between the school district and our local hospital, who share a goal of nurturing community health. “We are incredibly grateful to Owensboro Health for providing bicycle helmets for us to give away to some of the students who participate in the school summer meals program,” Sims said. “We all know that teaching proper nutrition and promoting physical activity go hand-in-hand with helping these children grow up to be healthier adults.”

The DCPS Summer Feeding Program is designed to provide nutritious breakfast and lunch meals to all children and youth age 18 and younger even when school is not in session and will continue throughout the summer. A complete list of serving locations, schedule and menu are posted at www.dcps.org

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital; Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center; the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.