Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Safety First for San Francisco Children

WHAT: American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) President Bruce Cunningham, MD, will present 2,000 safety sports helmets to students at Francisco Middle School prior to Plastic Surgery 2006, the ASPS annual meeting. The Mayor's Education Advisor, Hydra Mendoza, and San Francisco Unified School District Interim Superintendent, Gwen Chan, will accept the helmets on behalf of the city and San Francisco public schools.

WHY: Bike riding is one of the most popular recreational sports among children in the United States -- and the leading cause of recreational sports injuries. Children accounted for an estimated 315,700 bicycle-related injuries; 72,500 skateboard- related injuries; and 44,500 non-powered scooter-related injuries in 2004.

Studies show helmets can prevent 85 percent of serious head injuries and 65 percent of injuries to the mid- and upper face. Recreational sports injuries account for a significant part of reconstructive plastic surgery performed on children. Through its donation, ASPS hopes to prevent injuries and encourage more children to wear helmets.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Francisco Middle School, 2190 Powell St. (Between Francisco and Chestnut Street), San Francisco, CA 94133

Please call ASPS Public Relations at 847-228-9900 or San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) at 415-241-6565 for additional information.

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