Nova Scotians must wear a helmet while biking, skateboarding, rollerblading or participating in other active modes of transportation — it’s safe behaviour and it’s the law. It’s also the only way they will get their picture in the Chronicle Herald. The paper has a policy that forbids the use of photographs of persons who are not wearing helmets when required by law. Nova Scotia Health Promotion is proud to recognize the Chronicle Herald as a community partner that is setting an excellent example for all media, as well as Nova Scotians, to follow. “The Herald has stepped up and made a great decision to promote safety,” said Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “I encourage other newspapers to do the same.” Nova Scotia Health Promotion today, Nov. 3, presented the Chronicle Herald with an award of recognition in anticipation of the 2005 Canadian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference being held in Halifax on Nov. 6-8. Preventable injuries claim the lives of 450 Nova Scotians each year, and cost the province $572 million in direct and indirect costs. Injury is the leading cause of preventable death in Nova Scotians ages one to 45. “Most injuries are preventable,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Wearing helmets is something each of us can do, and encourage our children and friends to do, that will prevent injury and make a difference today.” Injury prevention is one of the priority areas that Nova Scotia Health Promotion is addressing to make Nova Scotia a healthier place to live, work and play. Find out more by seeing the website at www.gov.ns.ca/ohp .