"Did You Know?" is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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February 20, 2015
- Every year, one in three people aged 65 or older experiences a fall, which is the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults.
- Falls among older adults cost the US $30 billion a year in direct medical expenses.
- A new study finds that community-based fall prevention programs are feasible and effective and save money.
January 3, 2014
- Mercury spills in schools are not only dangerous but also expensive to clean up.
- Mercury exposure [PDF-1.1MB] can affect the nervous system, lungs, and kidneys of children. Serious cases can result in brain damage—and even death.
- Help schools prepare for and prevent a mercury spill; visit the new Don’t Mess with Mercury website for educational materials and animated video messages.
April 20, 2012
- The injury death rate among children dropped nearly 30% over the last decade, yet injury is still the leading cause of death among children.
- More than 9,000 children died from injuries in the United States in 2009.
- States and communities can align their child safety efforts with the new National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention.
November 18, 2011
- One person dies every 3 minutes from an injury in the U.S.
- Injuries account for more than 180,000 deaths and $406 billion in medical costs and lost productivity each year; see how your state compares.
- CDC supports many programs, activities, and research to prevent injury and violence in states and territories.
April 1, 2011
- Injuries are the leading cause of death for people ages 1-44 in the United States; National Public Health Week highlighted the fact that "Safety is No Accident."
- You can estimate the economic burden of injury in your state or region.
- Violence can be prevented; learn how with CDC's free, online Principles of Prevention training.
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- Page last updated: November 9, 2015
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