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Helmets urged for bicycle riders

Helmets urged for bicycle riders

Children ages 5 to 14 are seen in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to biking more than any other sport, according to East Lake Fire Rescue. Brain trauma can cause serious and permanent damage and can cost millions of dollars in rehabilitation and long term care.

For those riding bikes, wearing a helmet is the best way to prevent brain injuries. Helmets need to be properly secured. Make sure the manufacturer's directions are followed when adjusting the fit.

• Wear the helmet low in front to protect the forehead.

• Fasten the buckle, tighten the chin strap.

• Replace the helmet when it has been damaged.

• Store it in a cool, dry place. Excessive heat can cause damage.

Children should be involved when choosing a helmet and encouraged to personalize it with decals and stickers. When riding, wear bright-colored clothing, and don't ride at night unless the bicycle has proper reflectors/lights. Safety helmets aren't just for kids. As the adult, set the example for safety by riding responsibly, wearing proper safety gear and obeying traffic laws.

For more information, call Acting Chief Tom Jamison of East Lake Fire Rescue at (727) 784-8668 or visit

Join Kundalini Research Institute-certified instructor Keval Kaur from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Yoga Village, 2760 Daniel St., Clearwater, for an afternoon of Kundalini yoga for women.

The cost is $25 in advance, and $30 at the door.

To register, call (727) 712-1475 or visit and click on special events.

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To help women create a blueprint to make meaningful changes for a happier, healthier and more productive life, Elizabeth Nelson, M.A. and certified Circle of Wellness coach, will host an interactive class from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Community Rooms A and B, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater.

The $20 fee includes light refreshments and materials.

Space is limited and reservations are required.

Call (727) 940-2776.

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Wellness Seminars Inc. will host a motivational weight loss seminar from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

This program combines hypnosis with behavior modification.

The first 45 minutes of each session is a free orientation. If participants feel comfortable with the program, they pay a one-time fee of $79.99. This fee includes a hypnosis session plus an eight-week online course, Transform Your Life with Self-Hypnosis, a hypnosis reinforcement CD, and unlimited free repetitions of the seminar for one full year, if needed.

Wellness Seminars, Inc. has offered smoking cessation and weight control programs in more than 70 hospitals since 1990. No reservations are required. For information call toll-free 1-800-848-2822 or visit

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BayCare Health System offers support and resources for surgical weight loss, from the medical and surgical components to nutritional and psychological support.

Learn more about surgical weight loss at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 3990 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. Dr. Theodore Small will discuss the adjustable gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass.

Contact call (727) 953-6890 or visit

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Barrington Terrace, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and Ruth's Promise sponsor CarePartner Night, an educational seminar for families caring for a loved one, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Barrington Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care Residence, 333 16th Ave. SE, Largo.

Theresa D. Farling, geriatric care manager with Aging Care Associates, will be the featured speaker.

Light refreshments will be served.

Space is limited. To reserve a seat, call (727) 242-0757.

Helmets urged for bicycle riders 05/04/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 8:00pm]
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