Story Ideas - 2014
Pedestrian Safety: Know That You Are Safe
Walking is good for your health, and it's good for the environment too. But before you head out on foot for a stroll, power walk, or errand, there are important safety tips to remember.
What's the problem?
Pedestrians—people who travel by foot, wheelchair, stroller, or similar means—are among the most vulnerable users of the road.
In the next 24 hours, on average, more than 460 people will be treated in an emergency department for traffic-related pedestrian injuries. In the next 2 hours, on average, one pedestrian will die from injuries in a traffic crash.
More than 4,200 pedestrians were killed in traffic deaths in 2010, and another 70,000 were injured. With numbers like these, it's critical that you understand the risks and learn how to stay safe.
Who's at risk?
Pedestrians of all ages are at risk of injury or death from traffic crashes, but some people are at higher risk.
- Male pedestrians are more likely to die or be injured in a motor vehicle crash than females.
- Teen and young adult (ages 15-29 years) pedestrians are more likely to be treated in emergency departments for crash-related injuries compared to any other age group.
- The rate of pedestrian death generally increases with age.
- In 2010, 33 percent of all pedestrians killed in traffic crashes were legally drunk, with a blood alcohol concentration of greater than or equal to 0.08 grams per deciliter.
As pedestrians, children are at even greater risk of injury or death from traffic crashes due to their small size, inability to judge distances and speeds, and lack of experience with traffic rules.
- Nearly one in four traffic deaths among children ages 14 and under are pedestrian deaths.
Take Steps for Safety
Whenever you're walking, keep these tips in mind:
- Cross the street at a designated crosswalk.
- Be careful at intersections where drivers may fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians while turning onto another street.
- Increase your visibility at night by carrying a flashlight and wearing retro-reflective clothing.
- It's safest to walk on a sidewalk, but if you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic.
Take steps to be safe when walking on roadways. This includes exercising caution at intersections and crosswalks and increasing your visibility at night by wearing retro-reflective clothing and carrying flashlights.
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Healthy New Year
Many popular New Year's resolutions focus on how to improve our health. That is good news, considering that being healthy provides us protection against disease and injury, as well as strength and energy to help us have a good quality of life.
Whatever your situation, see your health care provider and find out how you can live a safer and healthier life. Here are a few general tips for a safe and healthy life:
Below are more tips for creating a healthy you and healthy family in the New Year.
Make being healthy your resolution and find ways to get and stay healthy this year.
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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an opportunity to promote HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment among African Americans in the United States.
African Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that blacks accounted for nearly half (44 percent) of all new infections in 2010, despite making up only 14 percent of the population. This represents a rate that is eight times higher than whites.
Overall, African American gay and bisexual men, especially young men, are the hardest-hit. In addition, African American women are far more affected by HIV than women of any other race or ethnicity.
Today, we have more opportunities than ever before to reduce the burden of HIV that African American men, women, and young adults bear. Working together with state and local public health agencies, African American communities, and other partners in the public and private sectors, CDC continues to address the HIV epidemic in African American communities.
The health impact of poor air quality: CDC’s focus for asthma awareness month
Asthma, a chronic disease that affects the lungs, impacts more than 25 million people in the United States, including 1 in 11 children. It causes 3 in 5 people living with asthma to limit their physical activity or miss days at school and work. Asthma is also expensive, costing the nation $56 billion each year. Throughout May, people with asthma and organizations dedicated to asthma control and education join together to increase awareness about asthma and improve the lives of everyone living with this disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Asthma Awareness Toolkit is a resource featuring a variety of items to help people living with asthma and partner organizations take control of and raise awareness about the disease, including:
- Key action messages
- Videos and audio podcasts
- Sample social media posts for Facebook and Twitter
- A personal asthma action plan builder
CDC’s National Asthma Control Program (NACP) funds 36 state and territorial state asthma programs. People living with asthma are particularly affected by air pollution. Ozone air pollution, more common in the summer months, can trigger asthma attacks, leading to increased medication use, visits to emergency departments, and hospital admissions.
People with asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions can access daily air quality forecasts to plan outdoor activities for times when air pollution is predicted to be low, including air quality conditions for 400 U.S. cities. http://www.enviroflash.info/
Skin Cancer Awareness Month
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, yet most cases are preventable. Most skin cancers are caused, at least in part, by ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The main avoidable risk factor for skin cancer is exposure to UV radiation, from the sun and from indoor tanning devices. Using sun protection when outdoors and avoiding indoor tanning are simple ways to reduce your risk. Although skin cancer is often treatable, it can be disfiguring and costly to treat. Melanoma, a more serious type of skin cancer, is one of the most common types of cancer in adults under the age of 40, and can be deadly. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to prevent skin cancer.
Make a difference: Spread the word about strategies for preventing skin cancer and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
Here are a few ideas for your readers or listeners during Skin Cancer Awareness Month:
- Encourage families to be sun safe while leading healthy, active lives and enjoying the outdoors. The EPA’s UV Index (www.epa.gov/uvindex) can help people choose appropriate sun protection strategies that work. Some tips:
- Wear a hat, sunglasses, and other protective clothing, seek shade, especially during midday hours, and use sunscreen.
- Remember that sunscreen is most effective when used in combination with other methods.
- Keep your skin healthy. Do not sunbathe or indoor tan.
- Provide teachers and administrators with the resources and support they need to teach kids about the importance sun safety and avoiding indoor tanning. The EPA’s SunWise Program has free tools to help children learn more about sun safety: www.epa.gov/sunwise
- Identify youth leaders in your community who can talk to their peers about taking steps to prevent skin cancer by being sun safe, and not sunbathing or indoor tanning.
- Talk to your doctor if you notice changes in your skin such as a new growth, a sore that doesn't heal, a change in an old growth, or a change in a mole.
Have a safe and healthy summer
Warm weather brings more opportunity for water-related activities like swimming, boating and fishing. Make this year's summer break memorable by having fun and helping yourself, your friends, and others stay safe and healthy.
Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children ages one through four than any other cause except birth defects. Two to three children die every day as a result of drowning.
Ensure boating safety
Recreational boating can be a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends. More than 90 percent of the people who drowned were not wearing a life jacket.
Kids and Teens
Summer Bliss – Be Healthy and Safe
Add health to your wedding checklist and commit to staying healthy and safe before, during, and after the wedding.Before you say "I Do," make health a priority. Remember to put yourself on the wedding checklist, with good health and safety habits. While you're planning the parties, wedding, and honeymoon, stay committed to your total health—physical and mental.
Pay attention to anything interfering with your ability to be safe and healthy or increasing your risk for disease or injury.
Learn more tips to have a safe and healthy wedding!
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