The Lakewood Health System Foundation will distribute free bicycle helmets at its clinics to area children as part of its an annual Helmets Worth Wearing program.

The program will kick off Tuesday, May 28, and will continue through Wednesday, June 5, at the following locations:

• Lakewood Health System Motley Clinic: 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, May 28.

• Lakewood Health System Staples Clinic: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29.

• Lakewood Health System Pillager Clinic: 2-5 p.m. Thursday, May 30.

Children of all ages will be properly fitted and given a free helmet along with instruction on the importance of wearing a helmet during activities such as bike riding, roller skating and skateboarding.

Bicycle helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85% and it is estimated that 75% of bicycle related fatalities among children could be prevented with a bicycle helmet. To help prevent such injuries, Lakewood's Foundation gave more than 450 helmets to area children during last year's Helmets Worth Wearing Clinics.

All area children are welcome to attend any one of the scheduled clinics to receive a free helmet. For more information, contact Jolene Zachman, Lakewood Health System Foundation assistant, at 218-894-8508 or