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Did you know that the "zip" in "zipcode" means “zoning improvement plan” or that every day 200 billion M & Ms are sold in the United States?
The good thing is that we don't need to know those things.
But how about this: Did you know that the number one killer of kids in America is unintentional injury? Did you also know that in the United States, 9,000 kids die each year from preventable injuries like car crashes, falls, or poisoning?
This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama precisely described the mission of Safe Kids Worldwide and the cause that gives us passion. He said that we must protect "our most precious resource, our children," by "saving the world's children from preventable deaths."
Have you ever seen a bike train? Picture lots of excited little kids perched on bicycles, scooters, skateboards and anything else with wheels, anxiously awaiting a signal from a parent or teacher to start pedaling and rolling to school.
On Wednesday, May 8, these bike trains will be in full force at more than 150 events throughout the country as students, parents and educators join together to raise awareness about bike safety on the second annual National Bike to School Day.
Thursday was Safe Kids Day on Capitol Hill. We held a bipartisan event on September 20 to educate Senators, Members of Congress and their staff about the risks that kids face and the challenges parents have in preventing unintentional injury, the #1 killer of kids in America. The event was sponsored by Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).
Whether your kids are snowboarders, figures skaters or just having fun in the snow, here are a few winter sports safety tips to keep them active, healthy and safe.
We were in 7th grade when my friend Nicole experienced her first concussion. While playing soccer, another player accidentally kicked a ball at her head, but Nicole didn’t initially realize the severity of her injury and finished the game. When she awoke the next morning, however, her head was pounding and she felt so nauseous that her parents rushed her to the ER. The doctors told her she had suffered a “mild concussion.”
While working at Safe Kids, regardless of whether we have children or not, we develop a parents’ radar for ways kids are vulnerable to injury. I am no different. Earlier this summer, I visited my family in Santa Cruz, California, and spent a lot of time watching my then 8-year-old nephew, Logan, play baseball with his team, the Mets. Logan won the first game ball of the season for his three-for-three batting performance. Still, when the ball was hit to Logan, my anxiety level increased each time.
For 25 years, the Bell and Safe Kids partnership had led in awareness, education and advocacy programs to promote the use of bike helmets for children.
More than 500 safety professionals from 25 countries and nearly every U.S. state gathered at the 2015 Safe Kids Worldwide Childhood Injury Prevention Convention (PREVCON) on July 29 - August 1 to explore innovative new ideas and strategies to protect children from preventable injuries.
Here are some highlights.
Honoring Safety Heroes
A highpoint of the convention was honoring those who have demonstrated outstanding support for our cause.