Thursday, 24 April 2014

Vehicle Occupant Safety Program for the Kids of San Mateo

With more than twenty million vehicles, and almost two hundred thousand miles of roadway, almost every one of the eight million kids is exposed to traffic-related disability, death and injury routinely.  To avoid such fatalities, experts believe in using child restraints and seat belts.

The VSOP Program:

Injuries related to motor vehicle are avoidable, yet motor vehicle crashes remain one of the biggest causes of disability and death for children.  VOSP or Vehicle Occupant Safety Program tries to prevent deaths and injuries to toddlers and infants in California by correcting misuse and increasing the use of child safety seats.

The agency works very closely with hospitals, local health departments, child care providers, community agencies, municipal court systems, and other agencies to create educational programs related to child passenger safety to benefit families.

During the past few years, VOSP has been able to develop statewide child passenger safety network successfully.  Through this system, local agencies jointly campaign for stronger legislation and policies and work towards changing the administrative practices of law enforcement, hospitals, child care, education, and other entities. They also try to develop stronger local networks; and conduct consistent evaluation that offers accurate information about the data. VOSP, in association with several partners offers the structure to generate a sustainable child occupant system.

General Tips
  • Kids, till the age of 12, should remain in the back seat when travelling.
  • Never use a safety seat that has passed expiration date
  • All objects in the vehicle must be stored in the trunk to avoid injury.
  • Kids must stay in the booster seat till they are tall enough to fit in the adult lap/shoulder belt properly.
Apart from this, it is also a great idea for parents to hire taxi cabs for long distance travel or when they are not sure about their driving skills. Most taxi cab providers have a team of skilled drivers who know the cities well and can also drive around with a lot of expertise. They know the shortest and safest routs around and can be extremely handy. One of the best ways to know about these companies is to look for them online. Most yellow taxi providers have websites.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Physical Activity Programs for San Mateo County Citizens

The local recreation departments of San Mateo County have come up with the Active Access Initiative program that promotes healthy lifestyle within the community by providing the residents low cost and free physical activities across several cities.

The main aim of promoting cost-effective, accessible, attractive opportunities for people is to make them health conscious and more active. The events are normally hosted by agencies that have the required infrastructure to promote and facilitate physical activities. There is no prior requirement for registration and interested individuals can start attending as many activities and events as they like.

Every city has a list of events, including community events and Active Zone events. Active Zone events are hosted and organized by Active Access and are normally held on a weekly basis.

Atherton: Walk the Stanford Dish

The event will take place every second Saturday starting from June 2. The location is Alpine Road & Piers Lane and includes moderate to vigorous four to five mile walk.

Belmont: Low Impact Aerobics

The class takes place on Monday and Wednesday at 9:30PM at Twin Pines Senior & Community Center. It is offered to people aged fifty and over and does not require registration.

Brisbane: Summit Trail

This walk comes under the self-guided walks listing and is about three miles long which takes around two hours.  The location is San Bruno Mountain.

Burlingame: Chan Meditation

Classes are held every Saturday at 2 PM. Participants can learn and practice meditation as per the Chen (Zen) tradition. Instructions and guidance is offered by a Buddhist monk.

Colma: Tot Gym and Jam

The sessions take place every Tuesday. It is a great opportunity for parents and toddlers to socialize and enjoy their play time in a secure environment.  Kids experience different play features that enhance their coordination, mental balance and flexibility.

Daly City: Stretch Yoga, for beginners and intermediate

The class takes place on Saturday from 11:45 AM to 1PM. It includes pilates and yoga to improve strength, balance, breathing, proper body alignment, and teaches how to relax.

Foster City: Table tennis

Parks and Rec Dept. at Foster City holds table tennis events every Tuesday and Friday at 11 AM. Participants can compete with each other or can play to enhance their skills.

Half Moon Bay: Gentle Exercise

On Monday’s and Wednesday’s at 10 AM, Senior Coastsiders holds gentle exercises for older adults. This is to improve the flexibility and strength of their legs and arms.

Menlo Park: drop-in badminton

On Sunday’s at 6:30 PM to 9:30PM, Arrillaga Family Gym offers the drop-in badminton facility. Participants can enhance their badminton skills or compete against one another to stay in shape.

Active Access Collaborative meets after every three months to discuss the success and failures of the project.  The Collaborative has 2 subcommittees: Older Adults and General Audience.  The committees meet on planning specific steps of action and support for the audiences.

This is a great opportunity for the people of San Mateo to socialize while keeping themselves in good shape. One of the best ways to travel to these events and activities is to hire a taxi cab. There are several transportation services in San Mateo County that can be availed to travel from one city to another.