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Children's Safety Programs

Watch how to measure your child's head to get a helmet that fits
Watch to learn how to fit your child's helmet.

We lead and participate in community health fairs and screenings. Each year, we help coordinate health screenings in Charlottesville and surrounding areas. We also provide free sports physicals for school-aged athletes at the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia.

UVA Children's Hospital promotes childhood safety and wellness in Charlottesville and surrounding counties.

Safe Sliders: Helmets for Young Skiers

Nationwide, a quarter of a million children are injured annually while participating in winter sports. Ski helmets can reduce or prevent the effects of 53 percent of head injuries suffered by children under the age of 15 while skiing or snowboarding, according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission.

During ski season, members of the community outreach office educate young skiers and snowboarders about winter sport safety. Our office works with Albemarle County and Nelson County schools to implement this program. 

Every child participating in the program receives a free ski helmet provided by UVA Children's Hospital.

Bicycle Helmet Program

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 70 children under the age of 16 were killed in a bike-related accident with a motor vehicle in 2012, and another 10,000 were injured. 

It’s estimated that regular bicycle helmet use by children ages 4 to 15 would prevent 39,000 to 45,000 head injuries, and 18,000 to 55,000 scalp and face injuries annually. Bicycle helmets are 85-88 percent effective in protecting bicyclists from head and brain injuries in serious accidents.

The best way to protect children from head injuries is to make sure they wear a helmet every time they ride a bike.

Free Bike Helmets for Elementary School Students

UVA Health System's Safety and Wellness program has partnered with schools in central Virginia to provide free bike helmets for third grade students, approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. In previous years, we've given helmets to students in Greene, Nelson and Albemarle Counties and Charlottesville city schools.

The safety program also satisfies one of Virginia's physical education Standard of Learning (SOL) requirements.

Get the Right Fit

Learn how to measure your child for a helmet. 

Visiting the Schools

Members of the UVA Health System Community Relations Safety and Wellness program visit third-grade classes to measure each child for a new helmet.

We deliver new helmets and teach the children about bike safety. We also discuss why wearing a helmet is important, how to wear the helmet properly and other sports safety tips. Each student also receives take-home information for their parents about the importance of always wearing a helmet.