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Free bicycle helmets to be distributed to area children

STAPLES - The Lakewood Health System Foundation will be distributing free bicycle helmets to area children as part of its an annual "Helmets Worth Wearing" program.

STAPLES - The Lakewood Health System Foundation will be distributing free bicycle helmets to area children as part of its an annual "Helmets Worth Wearing" program.

The program will kick off on Monday and will continue through May 28. 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 percent and it is estimated that 75 percent 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, please contact Megan Kruse, Lakewood Health System Foundation Assistant at 218-894-8508.

Clinic locations, dates and times for this year's event are as follows:

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• 3-5 p.m. Monday, Lakewood Health System Eagle Bend Clinic.

• 3-5 p.m. Monday, Lakewood Health System Motley Clinic.

• 3-5 p.m. May 20, Lakewood Health System Browerville Clinic.

• 3-5 p.m. May 20, Lakewood Health System Pillager Clinic.

• 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 19, May 21, May 28, Lakewood Health System Staples Clinic.

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