Please enter your comment! Bicycle Safety Awareness in Orange CountyBy Orange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonA group comprised of civic leaders, public safety officials, engineers, educators, transportation planners, advocates, and concerned citizens established BFF under the leadership of former Orange County Mayor Linda Chapin, also known as Best Foot Forward to create improved bicycle safety and awareness in Orange County. Partners of BFF include Orange County Government, Apopka, Town of Eatonville, Orlando, and Winter Park. Currently, Metro Orlando ranks the most dangerous community in the country for pedestrians for more than a decade. Something as simple as crossing the road on a bike has become a serious threat in Orange County and BFF is working to reduce these injuries as soon as possible. Already, in recent improvement studies have shown an increase from 12% to 45% in marked crosswalks on roads 35 mph or less and from 1.2% to 23% in marked crosswalks on roads 40 mph or higher in driver yield rates. The program hasOrange County Commissioner Bryan Nelsonboosted the number of crosswalks to be observed and added higher speed roads, but there is still work to be done. A recent study named the Pine Hills Road Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety shows plans to improve street lighting along Pine Hills Road including connecting roads from Colonial Drive to Silver Star and Silver Star to North Lane. Providing greater visibility of pedestrians/bicyclists and can result in a potential reduction in night crashes. Also, the provision of pedestrian/bicycle safety educational programs to further educate people on bicycle awareness will be put in place. The long-term goal of this program is to cut pedestrian injuries in half in ten years to create a safer environment for citizens. Popular intersections such as Pine Hills Road & El Trio Way and Silver Star Road & Kingsland Avenue have begun to be tracked and monitored to examine how local drivers are reacting to signs and roads. Community outreach is an important aspect of this program so the word can get out about bicycle safety and awareness. Best Foot Forward has presented and distributed materials at 322 organizations and has been mentioned in local HOA meetings, school presentations, health fairs, and other gatherings in the community. Some tips to keep in mind when crossing an intersection in the orange county area can be seen below:Cross at designated CrosswalkCarry a flashlight to increase visibility at nightIf you must walk on street for any reason, walk facing the oncoming trafficBe careful at intersections where drivers may fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians while turning onto another street.The UCF Police Department has also decided to crack down on bicycle safety. On their website, they have added a helpful list of safety tips that will keep local students safe in the area while riding a bike. For example, UCF PD has stated that bikers should wear a helmet, use a rearview mirror, make you visible at night, and most importantly observe and obey all traffic laws. Evans high school is educating students about awareness and safety and even supported the launch of the school’s After-Safety Watch. This education to the future of our district will keep the roads safe and full of educated drivers, bikers, and walkers. In order to bring continued awareness regarding Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety to the community myself along with local community partners will host Camari’s Day which is today from noon until 3:00 p.m. at Wheatley Park in Apopka. Join us as we celebrate the life of young Camari, who struck and killed by a distracted driver. Sponsors include Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson, Walk-Ride-Thrive, Orange County Sherriff’s Office, Bike/Walk Central Florida, Monica Zow, and spin city Cycle. Free helmet fittings and 200 free bicycle helmets will be given out at the event on June 10th. There will also be bicycle safety presentations for the youth along with foods drinks and a bounce house for all the hyper children of Orange County.Drivers, bicyclists, and walkers must obey all the rules if we are to have accident free interactions. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here TAGSBicycle Safety AwarenessCamari’s DayCommissioner Bryan NelsonWheatley Park Previous articleJoin APD at Coffee with a Cop this morningNext articleVelez-Cantres named Apopka Police Officer of the Year Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Who: The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey is bringing a traveling exhibit to United Methodist Communities at The Shores.As a care continuum with 240 residents, The Shores offers Assisted Living, Memory Support, Long Term Care, Rehabilitation, Respite and Hospice. United Methodist Communities has grown to ten senior retirement communities with the mission, compassionately serving in community so that all are free to choose abundant life.What: In observance of Black History month, “A Time for Change; Civil Rights in South Jersey,” will be onsite for one afternoon only. The exhibit tells the compelling story of an era that redefined a nation.During the tumultuous ’60s, New Jersey played an important part in the struggle for African American equality. Its citizens fought for racial justice and against segregation in the South, marched on Washington with Martin Luther King, Jr., stood up for voting rights during the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City and hosted the first Miss Black America pageant. Using words, images and rare film footage.Soul food samples from T. Wake’s BBQ, Egg Harbor Township.When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 2:00 to 4:00pmWhere: United Methodist Communities at The Shores Town Hall 2201 Bay Avenue, Ocean City, NJ 08226Guests: Mr. Ralph E. Hunter, Sr., Founder and HistorianThe African American Heritage Museum of South Jersey201 Bay Avenue | Ocean City, NJ 08226 | 609-399-8505
Credit Union Magazine is celebrating the credit union movement’s heroes—and you can be part of the nomination process.CUNA’s monthly magazine is seeking candidates for its 12th annual Credit Union Hero of the Year Award. These individuals exemplify the credit union philosophy of “people helping people,” go the extra mile to make a difference in their communities, and demonstrate their service, advocacy, and commitment to the credit union movement.“We seek to recognize those who are making significant contributions that advance the credit union movement,” says Ann Peterson, CUNA’s vice president of publishing. “We’re looking for people who have truly invested their hearts and souls into creating a lasting impression not only at their credit union, but on behalf of all credit unions.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Looking to flu vaccine to prevent death among the elderly may be focusing on the wrong benefit, Dr. Kristin Nichol of the University of Minnesota said Tuesday. While studies of reductions in mortality may have been clouded by selection bias, she said, studies that show decreases in rates of respiratory diseases and hospitalizations look solid. A study published earlier this month in the New England Journal of Medicine (and placed online in September) found that giving the flu shot to pregnant women lowered both their risk of flu and also the risk for their newborns, who were too young to be vaccinated themselves. Reports in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine in September and the Lancet in August contended that flu vaccine’s ability to protect the elderly from death and from pneumonia has been overstated, and several papers have pointed out that, while vaccination in the elderly has increased, the mortality rate has not declined. The question whether flu vaccine protects recipients both from developing flu and from serious complications of flu, as well as whether its administration protects contacts of recipients, has been an active research topic over the past year. Researchers from Emory University and the biotech companies i3 Innovus and Wyeth Research modeled the potential effect of vaccinating infants during a flu season with Prevnar, the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, in hopes of preventing the secondary bacterial infections that frequently cause flu-season deaths. But vaccinating children to protect others was challenged in a separate presentation, with Catherine Weil-Oliver of the Universite de Paris arguing that indirect benefit “has not been demonstrated in schoolchildren in any European study. . . . In children younger than two, no indirect benefit has been recorded at all.” They found that in a typical flu season, preventing post-flu bacterial pneumonia saves $1.4 billion in healthcare spending. In a flu pandemic such as 1918, however, vaccination’s effect would be much larger: It would prevent 1.24 million cases of pneumonia and 357,000 pneumococcal-related deaths and reduce costs by $7 billion. (Rubin JL, McGarry LJ, Klugman KP, et al. Public health and economic impact of 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccination in an influenza pandemic in the US. [Abstract K-4210]) Oct 30, 2008 WASHINGTON (CIDRAP News) The benefits conferred by influenza vaccinationto recipients and to their close contactswere hotly disputed at an international medical meeting this week. The concern about low immunization rates also includes pregnant women. An analysis from Bridgeport Hospital and Yale University Medical School in Connecticut found that, out of 520 women who were pregnant during flu season, 19% had been vaccinated, though 28% had discussed vaccination with their physicians during prenatal care. (Panda B, Stiller R, Bruce L, et al. Influenza vaccination in pregnancy: compliance with current CDC guidelines for prevention and control of influenza pertaining to vaccination during pregnancy. [Abstract K-4202]) The authors theorized that the very old are so frail that they are unable to get the shots by themselves, while attendants or healthcare workers deem the shot not useful for them. The result, the authors said, is that the oldest old and most at risk from flu complications are excluded from analyses of flu-shot effectiveness and age, so that results are distorted. (Baxter R, Fireman B, Lee J. “Who gets flu vaccines? A look at bias in flu vaccine effectiveness studies” [Abstract G1-1206]) That includes children, according to a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Vanderbilt University, and the University of Rochester. They examined the medical histories of 772 children younger than 5 and 401 children aged 5 to 12 who were brought to outpatient care for flu-like symptoms and fever. Among the older children, 133 had at least one characteristic that put them at high risk for serious flu complications, but only 32 of them (24%) had gotten a flu shot. Among the younger children, 549 had at least one high-risk indication, but only half275 or 51%had gotten at least one dose of flu vaccine. (Shinde V, Iwane M, Prill M, et al. Influenza among outpatient children: US, 2006-07. [Abstract G1-1700]) Sep 18 CIDRAP News story “Study: Flu shots in pregnant women benefit newborns” Observational studies faulted”Observational studies have greatly exaggerated vaccination benefits in the elderly,” Lone Simonsen, PhD, of George Washington University said Tuesday afternoon (Oct 28). She wrote a controversial paper challenging flu-mortality estimates for the elderly in 2005 while serving as a National Institutes of Health senior scientist. Meanwhile, however, other age-groups for whom the flu vaccine is most recommended continue to go unvaccinated. “We need to remember that the vaccine also reduces influenza illness and it reduces hospitalization, and so while we explore the controversy we need to continue to vaccinate the elderly,” she said. Aug 29 CIDRAP News story “Study: Flu vaccine doesn’t lower death rates in elderly” And healthcare workers also continue to have low vaccination rates. Researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong reported that among 133 acute-care nurses who responded to a questionnaire, 38% said they had received flu vaccinebut 23% of the group developed flu-like illness themselves, and most missed work as a result. (Ng K, Lee N, Hui D. A Survey on ILI among health-care workers during a peak ‘flu’ season What are the risk factors? [Abstract K-4204]) Such studies distort reality, she said, by assigning any deaths in winter to fluincluding deaths that occur before the flu season beginsand do not make sense given what is known about age-related decay of the immune system. She proposed that flu researchers tackle the problem of making separate, more immunogenic vaccine formulas for seniors, and stressed the importance of indirect protection via vaccines given to child and adult contacts of the elderly. Presenters at the 48th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy and the 46th annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (ICAAC-IDSA) presented abundant but often contradictory evidence regarding flu vaccine’s direct and indirect protective abilities. Age and immunization ratesA poster presentation earlier in the conference explored one of the hypotheses behind the distrust of flu-mortality studies: that they are subject to a “healthy recipient” design defect. Several Kaiser Permanente researchers looked at medical records for recipients of flu vaccine older than 65 who are members of Kaiser Permanente of Northern California, a healthcare organization with about 3 million members. They found a statistical oddity: The likelihood of an elderly person’s taking the flu shot rose along with their age and risk of flu mortality, but only up to a certain age. Once women passed 80 and men passed 85, they stopped taking the shot, even though their risk of dying from flu complications continued to rise. See also: The answer to improving protection against flu and flu complications, one group of scientists said, might be an additional vaccineand not just for ordinary seasons, but for an influenza pandemic as well. Flu vaccine came in for additional critical examination during ICAAC-IDSA, which drew 15,000 people to Washington, DC, and concluded Oct 28.