Sunday, March 29, 2020

Free Helmets To Keep Kids, Families Safe While Biking

JACKSONVILLE To keep kids and adults safe when riding their bikes along the many streets, sidewalks and trails of Jacksonville and across the entire state, the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF) is offering free helmets to Florida families. The helmets will help prevent head injury, which is a leading cause of epilepsy and seizure disorders, especially in children. About 360,000 Floridians are diagnosed with epilepsy or other seizure disorders. Nationally, seizure-related injuries kill more than 42,000 Americans each year. The EFOF also provides important information to order a helmet that fits correctly, as well as offering a variety of bike-riding safety tips.

“Riding a bike is a great activity for kids and families, but it’s very important to stay safe,” said Karen Basha Egozi, EFOF chief executive officer. “We’re very pleased to offer free helmets to avoid head injuries that could cause epilepsy and many other serious conditions.”

The EFOF free helmet program is funded by a grant by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Besides saving lives, the program is designed to save medical expenses. According to FDOT, every dollar spent on bicycle helmets saves $30 in direct healthcare costs.

To obtain a free safety helmet or for more information, call 1-877-55EPILEPSY, or visit www.EpilepsyFLA.org.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF) was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) and serves as the lead advocate for rights and needs of people with epilepsy and other seizure disorders. The family of epilepsy disorders is the third-most prevalent neurological condition in the United States, striking approximately 3 million people nationally and 360,000 people in Florida. About 42,000 people die each year in the U.S. due to seizures from epilepsy and related causes. The EFOF — with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville and Gainesville — provides numerous services to individuals and families, such as advocacy and counseling, education and prevention, direct medical and neuropsychological services, as well as research and other programs regardless of financial situation or socioeconomic status. Contact Ivonne Anton ianton@efof.org 305-670-4949 x 209

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