AGENCIES PARTNER TO PROMOTE SAFETY AS KIDS HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL

  NEWS  RELEASE  –  August 9, 2017                                                                                      #2017-26   FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE    CONTACT:     Technical Trooper Stephen La Row, KHP, (785) 296-6800 Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas, (785) 296-1223 Brianna Landon, KDOT Communications Director, (785) 291-3956   Safe Kids Kansas, KDOT, KHP urge parents to talk to kids about pedestrian safety & more before class begins   Back to school is a busy time for children and families. Between school supplies, new clothes, and sports tryouts, parents may not think about certain safety issues. Safe Kids Kansas, the Kansas Department of Transportation, and the Kansas Highway Patrol want to remind parents to talk to their children about how to stay safe.   As children head back to school, it’s a good time to talk about pedestrian safety.  Nearly 500 child pedestrians (ages 0-19) are killed when hit by vehicles each year, and thousands more are injured.  It’s just as important to talk to your teenagers about pedestrian safety as it is your younger children. While there has been a downward trend in pedestrian deaths over the past 20 years nationally, there has been a 13 percent increase among teenagers since 2013. In fact, teens now account for half of all pedestrian deaths among children 19 and under.   “Distraction is a problem for both drivers and pedestrians,” said Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas. “If your student is walking or biking to school, be sure to stress the importance of putting electronic devices away, especially before crossing busy streets or navigating traffic in parking lots. And, adults need to follow our own advice. Give the road your full attention so you can watch for school zones and kids biking and walking to school.”   Safe Kids Kansas recommends the following tips for back to school.   Put devices down while crossing the street and getting onto or off of the bus. One in five high school students cross the street while distracted by technology. Teach your kids to put devices down, look up, listen, and make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. If your kids ride a bus, teach them only to use devices while on bus, and not while waiting on, or exiting the bus.   Walk with your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. Tell kids to stand at least five giant steps back from the curb, and to line...

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August Back-to-School Immunization Events

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Safe Kids Metro KC to Co-Host 24/7/365 Event Sat. Aug. 26

Safe Kids Metro KC is one of the co-sponsors for this event and will be providing bike helmets, water bottles and bike reflectors.  We are going to be partnering with BIKEWALK KC who will provide safety education and certified bike helmet fitters.  Safety tips pertaining to bikes and other youth-based safety information and materials will be available. For more information, contact aking@wycokck.org OR dpjones@wycokck.org  ...

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Update 10-25-17: 40 Child Heatstroke Deaths Reported This Summer

40 children have already died so far this year: # Date City Temp Name Age 40 10/11/2017 Natalbany, LA 89° Daverick Michael Coffey 8 mo 39 9/25/2017 Birmingham, AL 87° Dra Kadyn Hudson 3 yr 38 9/11/2017 St. Louis, MO 81° Tate Mitchell 1 yr 37 8/31/2017 Metairie, LA 90° Claire Li 11 mo 36 8/28/2017 Milledgeville, GA 85° Cyrus Gray 6 mo 35 8/23/2017 Mason, OH 80° Sofia Aveiro 8 mo 34 8/21/2017 Mobile, AL 93° Kamden Johnson 5 yr 33 8/18/2017 Pensacola, FL 95° Jai’ner Barnes 3 yr 32 8/07/2017 Orlando, FL 93° Myles K. Hill 3 yr 31 8/04/2017 Luther, OK 86° Presley Walker 4 mo 30 7/29/2017 Phoenix, AZ 103° Josiah Riggins 1 yr 29 7/28/2017 Phoenix, AZ 101° Zane Endress 7 mo 28 7/28/2017 Reidsville, GA 97° Jakob Eli Camacho 3 yr 27 7/27/2017 Laramie, WY 84° Wyatt Woodrow Dixon 4 mo 26 7/25/2017 Portales, NM 93° Maliya Jones 22 mo 25 7/19/2017 Sumter, SC 91° Mekhi Rembert 1 yr 24 7/15/2017 Las Vegas, NV 114° Chase Lee 3 yr 23 7/15/2017 Delray Beach, FL 84° Khayden Saint Sauver 23 mo 22 7/14/2017 Gatlinburg, TN 91° Kipp Phillips 2 yr 21 7/8/2017 Chattanooga, TN 90° Kiara McCullough 11 mo 20 7/2/2017 Mary Ester, FL 89° Timothy Christopher McCoy 7 wks 19 7/1/2017 Mooresville, NC 90° Girl 3 yr 18 6/24/2017 St. George, UT 105° Abraham Royal 2 yr 17 6/23/2017 Twin Falls, ID 85° Natalie Ross 10 mo 16 6/23/2017 Ft. Worth, TX 101° Keandre Goodman 3 yr 15 6/23/2017 Houston, TX 96° Justin Huynh 7 mo 14 6/15/2017 Tucker, GA 93° Skylar Fowler 1 yr 13 6/12/2017 West Memphis, AR 88° Christopher Gardner 6 yr 12 6/7/2017 Kerrville, TX 87° Addson Overgard-Eddy 2 yr 11 6/7/2017 Kerrville, TX 87° Brynn Hawkins 1 yr 10 5/26/2017 Weatherford, TX 96° Juliet Ramirez 1 yr 9 5/26/2017 Weatherford, TX 96° Cavanaugh Ramirez 2 yr 8 5/20/2017 Caldwell, ID 75° Kyrae Vineyard 5 mo 7 4/14/2017 Burleson, TX 82° Kingston Jackson 23 mo 6 4/7/2017 Vestavia, AL 68° Christian Evan Sanders 1 yr 5 4/05/2017 Pt. Pleasant, WV 84° Abel Stephens 19 mo 4 3/29/2017 Carbon Hill, AL 84° Giuliana Susan Grace Ramirez 14 mo 3 3/28/2017 Ville Platte, LA 92° Addyson Bertrand 3 yr 2 2/28/2017 Brandon, FL 90° Jacob Manchego 2 yr 1 2/06/2017 Pinecrest, FL 82° Samuel Schnall 1 yr Previous Years:  2016,  2015,  2014,  2013,  2012,  2011,  2010,  2009,  2008,  2007,  2006,  2005,  2004,  2003,  1998 ‑ 2002   (The...

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“Sleep Safely, Sleep Soundly: Best Practices for Safe Sleep” Friday, July 28

“Sleep Safely, Sleep Soundly: Best Practices for Safe Sleep” For POWERPOINT presentations from this event visit the Meeting Notes & Links page: http://mchc.net/news-events/meeting-notes-links/  This activity is joint provided by Mother & Child Health Coalition and Children’s Mercy Kansas City Contact: Anne Biswell (816) 283-6242 ext. 226  abiswell@mchc.net    (816) 806-9929 cell Friday, July 28, 2017  8:00 -11:30 a.m. Kansas City Health Department 2400 Troost Ave., Biery Auditorium Kansas City MO 64108  KANSAS CITY: In 2016 there were 13 infant deaths associated with unsafe sleep practices in Jackson County alone. Following the ABCs of safe sleep can help protect infants. Babies should always sleep ALONE, on their BACK and in an empty CRIB.  Adequate sleep is a key part of any healthy lifestyle, and can benefit one’s entire well-being. Sleep helps your brain work properly. While you’re sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day, forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information.  We often recognize the importance of safe sleep for infants and children, but neglect its crucial role in overall health for adults as well.  Please join us on Friday, July 28, 2017, at the Mother & Child Health Coalition’s Quarterly meeting to learn about best practices in safe sleep for good health and well-being for the entire family. Goodnight: The Importance of Sleep in Infants & Toddlers Age 0 – 2  – Njideka Osuala, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, Children’s Mercy Hospital Infant Loss (SIDS) Resources – Cheryl Herzog Arneill, Community Educator and Pete Potts, Program and Bereavement Coordinator            Safe Sleep Task Force – Mary Jean Brown, MS, RNC, Mother & Child Health Coalition, Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) program coordinator.  Adult Sleep Presentation – Daniel Shippy, BS, RPSGT, Sleep Disorders Center- University of Kansas Health Center There is no cost to attend and the event is open to the public; however, registration is requested: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MCHC072817 Continuing education credits are offered for nurses and social workers.  MCHC Mission: Every child deserves a healthy start; it is the best gift a community can give its children and itself.  Mother & Child Health Coalition works together with community partners and families to promote wellness and advocate excellence in health care.  For more information please visit www.mchc.net To learn more about this meeting, contact Shannon Williams, at (816) 283-6242 ext. 251 or swilliams@mchc.net ###...

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