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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 28 - Aug. 3, 2000 - 43 Safety awareness good strategy to reduce accidents "Parents want their children to be safe when cycling," said Ron Jester, University o.f Delaware Cooperative Extension safety spe- cialist. "This can start with a well- maintained and properly fitted bi- cycle in addition to a well-fitting helmet. But beyond the equipment is the need for children to develo p good riding skills and habits so they always will carry an attitude of safe cycling." Jester said that unintentional in- juries are preventable. This ap- plies to bicycling, which is the second leading cause of sport or recreational injuries. Progress is being made in the fight against these unintentional injuries to children - thanks to bicycle hel- mets and greater safety awareness by child and parent. According to the National Safe Kids Coalition, children are most at risk when cycling in the follow- ing four situations: • Ride out. This occurs when a child rides out in to the street without first looking for or yield- ing to traffic. This occurs typical- ly in residential and commercial areas when a child enters the street from a driveway, alley, curb or shoulder. Pamphlet outlines attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder To help families understand At- tention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Dis- order (ADHD) and get appropri- ate help, the American Associa- tion for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) has publishe d a free pamphlet available online at Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common health concerns among school-age children. AD- HD can affect families by strain- ing sibling relationships; causing a child to underachieve in school; diminishing family cohesiveness; and creating marital stress. The pamphlet answers the questions, "How do I know when to seek help?," "How do I distinguish be- tween normal and problem behav- iors?," "How do I know that the diagnosis for my child is correct.'?" and "Does my child have to be treated with medication.'?" Other free pamphlets in the Consumer update series available online at include the following: • Adolescent Behavior Prob- lems; • Alcohol Problems; Weight Watchers meets Tuesdays at Beebe Weight Watchers meets from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays, in the Beebe School of Nursing classroom; The next meeting is Aug. I. For more information, call Barbara Wilson at 539-3146. Class for parents-to-be begins Aug. 1 at Beebe Great Expectations, a prepara- tion for parenthood class, is of- fered in the second-floor educa- tion classroom, every Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m., Aug. !, 8, 15, 22 and 29, at Beeebe Med- ical Center. The course, taught by specially trained maternity nurses, provides mothers-to-be and fa- thers-to-be with information • Children and Divorce; • Depression; • Domestic Violence; • Eating Disorders; • Female Sexual Problems; • Infidelity; and • Male Sexual Problems. More than 1.8 million people see marriage and family therapists (MFTs) either individually, in couples or with the entire family. MFTs are uniquely qualified men- tal health care providers specializ- ing in the family dynamic. To find a therapist in your area or to obtain a free copy of A Con- sumer's Guide to Marriage and Family Therapy, visit AAMFT's Web site at and select "Find a Therapist." The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the professional organization repre- senting marriage and family ther- apists, believes that therapists with specific and rigorous training in marriage and family therapy provide the most effective mental health care to individuals, cou- Ples, and families. For more information contact media @ about the labor process, the birthing experience, the post-par- turn period, breast feeding and ad- justing to the new family. To pre- register, call 645-3726. Lewes stroke group to meet Aug. 1 Dr. Uday Jani will be the guest speaker at the Lewes stroke sup- port group meeting at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. I, at Lewes Se- nior Center. Jani will offer health screen- ings for blood pressure, blood JANI sugar and coumadin levels. For more information, call 645- 5269 or call Andrea Goslin or Joan Burditt at Beebe Medical Center at 645-3503. • Intersection. False assump- tions and risky behavior are the cause of injuries at intersections. Risky behavior means not obey- ing the signs, signals and rules of the road that apply to all vehicles, including bicycles. False assump- tions include assuming that the motorist will let the cyclist go first, misjudging how long the light will stay green or yellow and assuming that the motorist has seen the cyclist. • Sudden swerve. Young cy: clists.often make turns without signaling or looking for approach- ing traffic. Cyclists mistakenly believe motorists will see them turning. Young bicyclists should look to the rear and ahead for traf- fic, yield to it before turning and use the proper' hand signals to alert motorists of their intention. • Wrong-way riding. Riding against the flow of traffic, on the left hand side, is one of the most important factors leading to bike- motor vehicle collisions. Wrong- way riders also pose a grave dan- ger to cyclists riding with traffic. Motorists do not expect to en- counter bicyclists approaching them on their side of the road and may have to swerve into the other lane to avoid them,.tbereby jeop- ardizing other motorists and bicy- clists. Bicyclists must ride on the right-hand side of the road. It's the law. Parents and guardians must make sure the bicycle safety mes- sage is rehearsed and reinforced so that it sinks into their child's active, playful mind. For example, require them to wear a helmet every time they ride their bikes. Remember that driv- ing skills take time to develop, so take time for your child to learn to drive a bicYcle skillfully and safe- ly. Take time to regularly review the Delaware Bicycle Laws. And the greatest reinforcement of safe- ty messages is the parents, who should be good role models for their kids. ENT & 00RGY ..L Kaza Medical Group Sdnlvas R. Kaza, MD Specializing in Otolaryngology (ENT) Juan C. Zambrano, MD Specializing in allergy and asthma 807 S. Bradford St., Dover • 674-3935 5641 S. DuPont Pkwy., Smyrna • 653-5904 550 S. DuPont Hwy., Milford • 430-3855 !1 Do you have Mg/h press00e? A bout one in every four American adults has high blood pressure. High blood pressure is especially dangerous because it often gives no warning signs or symptoms. Fortunately, you can find out if you have high blood pressure by having your blood pressure checked regularly. FRRi Tuesday, August 1 1 la.m. - 2 p.m. All blood pressure checks are performed by a registered nurse from Beebe medical center. Super G Pharmacy Department Lighthouse Plaza, Route 1 and 270A I!