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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Toronto Helmet Initiative Partnership Launch

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 9:15 a.m.

St. Bernard Catholic School, 12 Duckworth St.

The Toronto Helmet Initiative (THI) Partnership is a group of not-for-profit organizations dedicated to reducing head injuries and promoting physical activity. The Toronto Helmet Initiative promotes safe helmet use. The partners for this initiative are: the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Toronto District School Board, Toronto Police Services and Toronto Public Health.  The THI is committed to raising awareness on benefits of helmet use and the importance of proper helmet use.
Physical activity from active transportation (e.g. cycling) has very important health benefits.
Based on research by Parachute Canada, head injuries are the number one cause of serious injury and death to kids on bicycles, and can permanently change the way a child walks, talks, plays and thinks.  According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, in 2013, 88% of brain injuries could have been prevented by wearing a properly fitted helmet. (Parachute Canada)
The THI is currently creating a presence in the community by promoting safe and proper helmet use using the 2V1 messages, on posters and in a social media campaign.   The posters can be seen in libraries, Community Centres, our partner agencies and is available to Toronto schools. Moving forward, the THI hopes to continue to collaborate by using its combined strengths and resources to promote safe and proper helmet use in Toronto.  Longterm goals are to promote access and education; using the combined voice of the partners, to influence the physical and social environment around helmet use.
What the THI has to say:

Wheeled activities are a great way to get active, have fun and stay healthy. The goal of the Toronto Helmet Initiative (THI) is to increase the number of Torontonians wearing helmets and wearing them securely. The THI is dedicated to reducing head injuries and promoting physical activity and is grateful for the cooperation of its partners in sharing the message for the health and well-being of everyone: 

Always wear a helmet and make sure it fits.-   (Toronto Helmet Initiative) 

More information?
  • Make sure your helmet fits : use the 2-V-1 Rule: the edge of the helmet should be 2 fingers from forehead; straps should meet in a V-shape just below the ears;  1 finger should fit between the chin and chin straps; it should not shift around more than an inch in any direction.
  • Visit this website for more information. 
  • #wearyourhelmet
  • Be active, Play safe and have fun.
  • Wear a helmet every time you ride

Event Guests:
  • Staff Superintendent Kim Yeandle, Toronto Police Service
  • Superintendent Scott Weidmark, TPS
  • P.C. Peter De Quintal 9444, 12 Division – School Resource Officer
  • Dr. Suzanne Beno, Paediatric Emergency Physician and Medical Director for Trauma at the Hospital for Sick Children
  • Dorothy McDowall - Trauma Patient Care Coordinator at the Hospital for Sick Children
  • Zsuzsi Trim and Jacqui Candlish, Public Health Nurses, Injury Prevention Program, City of Hamilton Public Health Services
  • Adrian Della Mora, Superintendent of Education (Area 1), Toronto Catholic District School Board
  • Stacey Coray, Senior Manager, Partnership Development, TCDSB
  • Julie Brandsma, Toronto Public Health Nurse, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Team
  • John Vetter, Sr. Associate Communications, TDSB EcoSchools,