Healthy Kimberley is partnering with RBC and Black Dog Cycle & Ski to offer a free helmet fitting on Wednesday, December 5 from 12p.m. to 4:30p.m. at the local RBC branch.
Marina Stropky, Health Promotion Consultant with Healthy Kimberley’s Taking Care of Business initiative, says that since ski season is on the way, it’s important to make sure your helmet properly fits.
“During a free workplace health consultation at RBC, Christy [Dobi], the branch manager, and I discussed different ways to support healthy choices in the community,” said Stropky. “Given that ski season is on the way, Christy thought this would be a great idea to support a popular activity – especially by helping to make sure that the kids in the community are staying safe and active throughout the snowy season.”
When making sure a helmet fits properly there are a few things to keep in mind.
“First, making sure that it is the right helmet for the specific activity – different helmets are designed to take impact differently (bike vs ski helmet, for example) – you can check for the safety sticker inside,” Stropky explained. “Second, using the ‘2-V-1’ rule: two fingers space above your eyebrows, straps form a V under your ears, and one finger fits between strap and chin.”
Healthy Kimberley’s goal is to make healthy choices easier in the community.
“The Taking Care of Business initiative, in particular, is to engage the local business community in promoting healthy choices for staff and customers,” said Stropky. “By bringing RBC and Black Dog Cycle & Ski together for this event, these local businesses are playing a key role in the community-wide effort to promote healthy choices (in this case safe physical activity) and are a part of what makes Kimberley such an awesome place to be.”
More details and other helmet fitting tips can be found at www.parachutecanada.org.