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AAA Talks Safety


Wear a Helmet for Safety

According to AAA and the Governors Highway Safety Association, motorcycle fatalities have decreased the past few years. Unfortunately, the reported use of helmets has also decreased, causing many motorcycle accidents to result in serious head injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycles pose a fatality rate that is six times higher than the fatality rate for a passenger car. Safe Communities hopes to decrease the number of motorcycle-related injuries and deaths by encouraging helmet use as well as advocating these traffic safety tips:

  • Keep headlights and taillights on at sunrise, sunset, and in any adverse weather.
  • Stay three to four seconds behind a vehicle you intend to pass, and signal your intention to turn.
  • Before passing a vehicle, check your rearview mirror and ensure all vehicles are a safe distance behind you when completing a pass.
  • Wear helmets that are compliant with FMVSS No. 218. Helmets are 67% effective in preventing brain injuries during crashes; riders without helmets are three times more likely to suffer a brain injury as a result of a crash than helmeted riders.
  • Wear proper clothing, eyewear, and footwear to protect yourself from risk of serious injury or fatality.

Stay in Control: Avoid Potentially Fatal Risks

Distracted driving is always a problem, but combining motorcyclists and distracted drivers can be fatal. While riding a motorcycle, it is critical to stay aware and vigilant of your surroundings at all times. Motorcycles often get caught in a motorist’s blind spot, and they may be hard to see, making it even more important to look twice.

Distracted driving also poses a serious threat to motorcyclists. Reaction time is delayed a few seconds when texting and driving or messing with anything in the vehicle. This delayed reaction contributes to a larger risk of fatal collision with a motorcycle.

Motorcyclists also increase the risk of a fatal collision when they take their hands off the motorcycle handlebars. According to Seeker Digital Network, taking your hands off the handlebars reduces your control over the motorcycle more than if you took your hands off a car’s steering wheel; steering, braking, accelerating, and shifting are all comprised.

There are many suggestions to decrease the risk of fatal motorcycle collisions. One method is to complete a motorcycle safety course. Wood County and the state of Ohio do not require extra safety courses for motorcyclists, but Safe Communities of Wood County highly recommends taking one. The course will teach you about the state traffic safety laws that apply to motorcycles, how to avoid unsafe situations, and how to respond to emergency situations on a motorcycle. Course instructors will also provide tips on motorcycle maintenance. You will even have a chance to try out your new skills in a controlled environment.

Finally, we recommend always watching the weather for adverse driving conditions and wearing the proper protection gear at all times.

Keep Our Motorcyclists Alive


 Motorists can help make the roads safer for motorcyclists by taking some simple precautions.

  • Typically, motorcyclists are more inclined to take to the road on weekends, meaning it is even more important to stay alert and be extra cautious.
  • Allow ample space for motorcyclists to maneuver and react if necessary; alwasy follow three or more seconds behind.
  • Never attempt to share the lane with a motorcycle.
  • Motorcycles can be hard to see; look for them by double checking your mirrors and blind spots before switching to another lane of traffic.
  • Always signal before changing lanes or merging with traffic; this allows motorcyclists time to anticipate your movement and find a safe lane position.
  • If a turn signal is on, wait to be sure the rider is going to turn before you proceed; it may not be self-canceling and the motorcyclist may have forgotten to turn it off.
  • Remember, safety is a shared responsibility — do your part.






For more information on traffic safety, visit the Traffic Safety Website.

Yoga As You Are Classes

Take a short stress relieving break and  participate in this free gentle yoga class. This low-impact class includes gentle stretches,
balance, and breathing as a well as movements designed to increase range of motion in joints and relieve tension. Lastly, enjoy 5 minutes of Mindful Meditation at the end of each class. Come as you are – all that’s needed is a yoga mat or towel. Registration is not required.

  • Mondays 12:10 – 12:50
  • Location: Women’s Center, 107 Hanna Hall
  • January 23 – April 24 (no session during Spring Break – March 6)
  • Facilitated by Caroline Dawson, Certified Mindfulness and Yoga Instructor with over 20 years of yoga and meditation experience.

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Free HIV Testing


Schedule A Free Appointment Or Walk-In

This testing service, offered at the Student Recreation Center on the BGSU campus, is completely free and confidential. Call the Wellness Connection at 419.372.9355 to schedule an appointment for a Rapid HIV Test. Walk-ins are always welcome. LGBT friendly and affirming.

A real name is not needed when making the appointment. Free and confidential testing services are also available at other Free External Testing Sites throughout Northwest Ohio.

Testing Schedule Spring 2017 | 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

  • February 15 | March 1, 15 | April 5, 19

*Remember to bring a photo ID to the appointment

What To Expect

Upon arriving at the Student Recreation Center:

  • Check in at the Welcome Desk and tell the person at the Welcome Desk that you have an appointment with the Wellness Connection.  Someone can assist you from there.

Once in the testing room expect to:

  • Show a valid photo ID
  • Fill out paperwork
  • Sign a few forms – Remember that the testing is CONFIDENTIAL, not anonymous, so a real name is associated with your paperwork and test results
  • Receive the test: A simple gum swab, no blood necessary.
  • Talk about what brought you in for a test today (i.e., what could be putting you at risk for HIV)
  • Talk about a “plan of action” to help reduce the risk for HIV in the future
  • At the end of the session, receive a result
  • Receive referrals to other agencies/providers, if necessary
  • Ask any questions or concerns about HIV
  • Fill out the evaluation form

Devin Smith’s Story

 Devin Smith, B.S. in Applied Health Science – Specialization in Health Care Administration (2017)
Student Recreation Center Manager, Wellness Connection Attendant, and Peer Educator

I am a man of strong conviction and believe in the primary value of service to others, with education as a means to that end. Beyond school, working in Recreation and Wellness is part of what makes me happy to be at BGSU, as this environment encourages me lead a balanced and healthy life.

Getting people to care about people is a main motivator to me, and teaching others about a variety of health topics as a Peer Educator achieves that goal.
Growing up in a rough area in Detroit, MI has motivated me to take action to make a difference in the lives of others, and at the Wellness Connection, this opportunity exists. Getting people to care about people is a main motivator to me, and teaching others about a variety of health topics as a Peer Educator achieves that goal. Peer Educators present throughout campus to groups and student organizations on topics including healthy relationships, nutrition, body image, alcohol and other drugs, and sexual health. I enjoy making meaningful connections with others as I share my journey and teach.

While many staff in the department have been a positive influence on me, Faith DeNardo, Wellness Connection director, and Matt Reising, graduate assistant, have taught me so much! They have taken the time to listen to my passions and helped direct me toward success. I’ll admit, at times I thought I could change the world overnight. Matt and Faith supported me to frame and organize my ideas into manageable and feasible action plans, and to apply my leadership ability to our office, to my positions in RecWell, and to my life overall. I recommend getting involved as a Peer Educator and in RecWell programming to any student at BGSU––the people and programs here really make a difference!

Through my work involvement in Recreation and Wellness, I have also had the opportunity to represent BGSU at the Ohio Recreational Sports Association, the BACCHUS Regional conference, and the NASPA conference, proudly winning the 2015 Outstanding Student for the BACCHUS Institute of NASPA.

Beyond BGSU, I enjoy reading, and I am also an EMS for the city of Detroit and serve as a medic in the US Army.


Devin Smith with Dr. Steve Kampf, director of Recreation and Wellness.

Register Now for Intramural Sports

Did you know that BGSU Intramural Sports participants have a higher retention rate than their non-playing counterparts? Get involved by registering now. Sign up as a team with friends, organization members, a sorority or fraternity, or with a residence hall floor or group. Players may also register as individuals and be placed on a team.

A one-time fee permits an individual student, faculty/staff the opportunity to play any and all intramural sports throughout the academic year or semester.

Entries accepted April 14 – 20

Cornhole – Play begins April 26
Golf Scramble – Play begins April 27
Kick Ball – Play begins April 28

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Pay online with RecTrac