Navigation Links
As Biking Popularity Grows, so Must the Spotlight on Safety
Date:6/5/2009

Independence Blue Cross Offers Helmet Reimbursement for Safer Bicycling

PHILADELPHIA, June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Biking has become a popular means of transportation, exercise, recreation, and sport in Philadelphia, where thousands of spectators are gearing up to watch the 2009 Philadelphia Cycling Championship, known to locals as the Manayunk Bike Race, this weekend. No doubt partially spurred by higher gas prices and an increasing focus on living "greener," biking's popularity has exploded in the city by more than 100 percent over the last three years, with Philadelphians making nearly 75,000 bicycle trips a day, according to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia's 2008 report. Yet the same report estimates that only 31 percent of riders in Center City are wearing bike helmets.

Independence Blue Cross (IBC) encourages everyone in the community to wear helmets while biking. To stress the importance of safety and promote physical fitness, IBC offers each member of a family in its Healthy Lifestyles(R) program up to $25 toward the purchase of a bike helmet.

About 540,000 bicyclists across the country go to emergency rooms with injuries every year, according to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, and, of those, roughly 67,000 have head injuries.

"Our number one focus is wellness. We encourage our members to stay fit by staying active and bike riding is excellent exercise," said Dr. Es Nash, senior medical director at IBC. "We also promote safety and advise members to wear helmets. A fall off a bike on a city street, a trail path, or a suburban sidewalk can be dangerous, but a sturdy helmet lessens the risk of injury."

Dr. Nash added, "Too often, when I see families bike riding together, the kids are wearing helmets but the parents aren't! Parents, please - use our Healthy Lifestyles reimbursement to get a helmet so you're setting a good safety example for your children."

IBC encourages members purchasing bike helmets to be sure the product meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission standard or that it's certified by Snell Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit organization that, for over fifty years has been dedicated to research, education, testing and development of helmet safety standards. Eligible members may receive one helmet reimbursement per family member per year. To obtain reimbursement, an IBC member simply mails or faxes a copy of the helmet receipt and a completed reimbursement form to IBC within 90 days of purchase. Details are available on www.ibx.com and www.ibxpress.com.

In addition to bike helmet reimbursements, IBC offers cash back for safety-related programs, including training in CPR, first-aid, and automated external defibrillator essentials. As part of its Healthy Lifestyles program, the company also offers reimbursements and discounts to reward members for making healthy choices, including joining a gym and going regularly and completing a smoking cessation or weight-loss program.

About Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross is a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. Nationwide, Independence Blue Cross and its affiliates provide coverage to nearly 3.4 million people. For more than 70 years, Independence Blue Cross has offered high-quality health care coverage tailored to meet the changing needs of members, employers, and health care professionals. Independence Blue Cross's HMO and PPO health care plans have consistently received the highest ratings from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans. More information about Independence Blue Cross is available at www.ibx.com.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Independence Blue Cross
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Survey research looks at attitudes, obstacles to walking and biking to work
2. Biking for Fun, Sport, and Brain Tumor Awareness
3. Biking, Walking Best for New Knees
4. Dr. Sherrell Aston Addresses the Popularity of Dermal Fillers and Possible Long Term Side Effects
5. HSA Banks Group Online Enrollment Option Jumps in Popularity
6. Despite popularity, researcher finds not everyone can successfully learn through online courses
7. HSA Plans Gain Popularity as Premium Costs Rise
8. As the Number of Unemployed Grows, Pfizer Helpful Answers and SABEResPODER Join Forces to Educate Hispanics Who Lack Health Insurance About How to Access Prescription Medicines
9. GTSI to Spotlight Key Trends in Health IT at its June 17 Technology Leadership Series Seminar
10. Bringing Uninsured and Underinsured Issues Into the Spotlight in the Louisiana State Legislature
11. New Video Series Spotlights Role of Biomedical Engineers in Caring for Total Artificial Heart Patients
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 23, 2017 , ... Top cosmetic ... Smiling Patriot program today with a new Indiegogo campaign . Individuals are ... homeless veterans in the Los Angeles area, either as a participating patient or through ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... ... Thomas Vas-Don suffered from severe injury due to an ... successfully recover. In “ Origin & Insertion Charts for Massage Therapists ” (published by ... massage, anatomy , trigger points and referral pain patterns . , In ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... 22, 2017 , ... Our high-octane society demands higher stands ... brain. , Power On, a mental performance enhancer from Modus Nutrition, provides scientifically ... capsule contains Cognizin® Citicoline, a branded form of the brain health nutrient citicoline ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... , ... The Waismann Method® is providing a faster, safer, and ... victim to America’s opioid epidemic. Now, opiate dependent individuals can be treated in a ... the shame, stigma, and harmful labeling believed to prevent many of these ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... , ... South Bend’s Lunkerville, the award-winning TV series that catches real people ... (HOW), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping military veterans relax, rehabilitate, and reintegrate through ... to Lake Denmark, New Jersey, to fish with war veteran Justin Vail from the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/23/2017)... Im Rahmen seiner Schlüsselwachstumsstrategie arbeitet die ... südwestlichen chinesischen Provinz Guizhou, 2017 mit dem Angebot von Anreize ... der Entwicklung einer eingebetteten Hightech-Schlüsselindustrie. Foto - ... ... ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... 2017 AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACRX), ... and commercialization of innovative therapies for the treatment ... release fourth quarter and yearly financial results after ... management will host an investment-community conference call at ... on March 2 nd 2017 to discuss ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... According to a new market ... Digital, Analog), MRI (Closed, Open), Ultrasound, CT, Nuclear Imaging ... User (Hospitals, Imaging Centers) - Global Forecast to 2021", ... over the forecast period of 2016 to 2021. The ... 2021, at a CAGR of 6.6% from 2016 to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: