Many of you have heard me say time and time again how much I love my job. It’s usually when we’ve hosted or participated in a successful community engagement event, which often times includes kiddos.
Yes, I have a warm place in my heart for those times when I am surrounded by an audience of engaged individuals who are eager to participate and learn about ways to better their health. And that just happened over the July 4th weekend, thanks to Jamie Schell and his wife Anne Conway, the new managers of Prairie Island Campground in Winona. One of their many enhancements to this lovely recreation area is free programming around their new gathering space. That weekend they wanted to host a “golf cart and bike” parade to celebrate the Independence Day holiday.
Anne, an advocate of bike safety and helmet use, asked if Live Well Winona was interested in conducting a Bike Safety Program. Of course we were! One of the rules to participate in the parade if on a bike was to wear a helmet.
Anne gathered 25 children under the age of 12 to participate in a presentation where we discussed the importance of being seen while on a bike, concussions and helmet use, hand signals and a few rules of the road.
Upon completion of the program each child received a certificate and was then asked to sign a pledge committing to wear a helmet during all bicycle operations and to advocate for helmet use to those who don’t wear one. Any child who did not own a bicycle helmet received a brand-new helmet fitted just for them.
So once again, let me say, “I love my job”.