Injury and Violence Prevention News

March 2004
In this issue:
1. Free Posters on Fitting Bicycle Helmets: Download Or Order Copies
2. April's a Busy Month for Injury and Violence Commemorations
3. Combined Federal Website Lists Product Recalls
4. School Safety Training Offered in Minnesota Cities

1. Free Posters on Fitting Bicycle Helmets: Download Or Order Copies

Bicycle Helmets: Make Sure They Fit! is a poster developed by the MDH Injury and Violence Prevention Unit. You may download and print it in either size, letter (8.5"x11") or tabloid (11"x17"). Content is identical. The poster helps adults fit their own helmets and children's helmets correctly, thus reducing the risk of brain injury.

The poster now has been printed in quantity. To place an order at no cost, while supplies last, contact Doug Palmer, 651.281.9857. Indicate IC# 141-1439 for the letter size or IC# 141-1440 for the tabloid size.

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2. April's a Busy Month for Injury and Violence Commemorations

Choose an event or topic that matches your current programs, and check out the web link for ideas and opportunities to tie your activity to a commemoration.

Commemorative Days and Weeks in April

April 3 - YMCA Healthy Kids Day
YMCA of the USA

April 7 - World Health Day--Road Safety
WHO Regional Office for the Americas
Road traffic injuries pose a global public health crisis, killing more than a million men, women, and children around the world each year. Tens of millions more are injured, some of whom become permanently disabled. In the United States, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death for persons 1 to 34 years of age, killing more than 40,000 people and injuring more than 4 million more. The CDC Injury Center's World Health Day page includes an information kit on family road safety with crash injury facts, ideas on what you can do in your community, potential partners, resources, a sample news release, newsletter article, and mayoral proclamation.

April 8 - National Alcohol Screening Day
Screening for Mental Health, Inc.

April 2-4 - Alcohol-Free Weekend
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

April 5-11 - National Public Health Week (highlighting health disparities)
American Public Health Association
Minnesota Public Health Association (for examples of activities in Minnesota)

April 26-30, 2004 - National Playground Safety Week
National Program for Playground Safety

Month-long Commemorations in April

Alcohol Awareness Month
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

National Youth Sports Safety Month
National Youth Sports Safety Foundation

Sexual Assault Awareness Month
National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Child Abuse Prevention Month
National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota
As you plan events and activities to raise awareness about child abuse or sexual assault, note that Stop It Now! Minnesota has free prevention resources such as posters, brochures, and articles for newsletters or church bulletins. For information on workshops and customized training for adults, contact Ann Lindstrom at 651-644-8515.

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3. Combined Federal Website Lists Product Recalls is a collaboration of six federal agencies and acts as a one-stop online shop for government product recalls. Find information about thousands of dangerous or defective products including toys, children's car seats and playpens, cosmetics, medications, foods, boats, cars and trucks.

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4. School Safety Training Offered in Minnesota Cities

Basic Emergency Lifesaving Skills in Schools (BELSS) is designed to increase the number of school-aged youths who are competent in safety, first aid, CPR and AED skills by training their instructors and providing curriculums to promote the development of these skills. Two Minnesota trainings are scheduled for 2004:

  • August 25-26, 2004 at the Duluth Holiday Inn
  • December 1-2, 2004 at the St. Paul East Holiday Inn

Coordinated School Health offers information about these and other training opportunities.

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Also see > National Center for Injury Prevention & Control (NCIPC), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for the latest injury prevention news at the national-level.

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Injury and Violence Prevention Unit
Minnesota Department of Health
PO BOX 64882
ST PAUL MN 55164-0882
(651) 201-5484

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