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Booster Seat Program Still Fun in Parsippany School District

 Where is the safest place to sit in a car? What strong bones should your seat belt go on?

Are you big enough to sit in a booster seat? These are a few of the questions that are asked when the Buckle Up Team from Northern NJ Safe Kids enters kindergarten classes.

Northern NJ Safe Kids began working with the Angelina Regianni  a Kindergarten Teacher  and Paula Grather RN from the Mt. Tabor School 5 years ago. They noticed that many of their students were not in car seats or booster seats.

Together Northern NJ Safe Kids/Safe Communities and the Mt. Tabor School coordinated the program using the  I’m Safe Buckle Up tools.

An assessment tool borrowed from Atlantic/Cape May Safe Kids enabled Northern NJ Safe Kids/Safe Communities to communicate with the parents. We notified the parents as to what type a child seat would be best for their child.  “If their child was in need of a booster seat, Northern NJ Safe Kids/Safe Communities provides one for them”, says KJ Feury RN APN NNJ Safe Kids/Safe Communities coordinator (pictured here with students).

This program has been well received by all. More than half of the elementary schools in the Parsippany District have been visited.

Free Sports Safety Clinics

Safe Kids Middlesex County, led by The Level One Trauma Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick will partner with the Metuchen School District and Johnson & Johnson to conduct two free sports safety clinics on February, 24th and 28th in the cafeteria at Metuchen High School.

The Feb. 24 session will take place at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the community, including parents, teenage athletes, recreation staff, YMCA coaches and team volunteers.  The Feb. 28 session is set for 3:15 p.m. and is aimed at middle and high school faculty and staff.

Both clinics will feature presentations from Timothy Hosea, a sports medicine specialist and orthopedic surgeon affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson, and Lauren Butler, Metuchen’s certified athletic trainer. A panel discussion will follow that also will include Lawrence Golbe, a Metuchen resident and professor of neurology at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the hospital, and John Cathcart, Metuchen’s athletic director.

Topics will include: concussion prevention and screening methods, importance of pre-participation physicals, proper hydration and spotting cardiac events, overuse injury prevention techniques, and appropriate gear and equipment.

For further information contact Diana Starace, diana.starace@rwjuh.edu or call 732-418-8026.

Essex County Coordinator Honored

Iesha Suber, Essex County Safe Kids Coordinator and Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator at the New Jersey Trauma Center was recently presented with the 2010 Health Educator of the Year Award by the New Jersey Society for Public Health Education (NJSOPHE).  This award recognizes a dedicated member of NJSOPHE who has shown an active commitment to Health Education and the organization through demonstrated involvement in NJSOPHE and excellence in the practice of Health Education.  Congratulations Iesha on this well deserved honor!

Pictured above  from left to right:  Dawn Snyder, Pedestrian Safety Health Educator; Iesha Suber, Chair, NJSOPHE Program Committee and Safe Kids Essex County Coordinator and Robin Vlamis, Chair, NJSOPHE Awards & Scholarship Committee.

Dunellen Makes Strides in Pedestrian Safety

In celebration of International Walk Your Child to School Month, Middlesex County Safe Kids held a  pedestrian safety poster contest at Faber Elementary School in Dunellen.   Students in all grades were invited to submit an entry focusing on the theme of Pedestrian Safety, utilizing the medium of their choice. Over 30 entries were received and  judged by a panel of experts. Winners from each grade were chosen and have been recognized with a Walk this Way t-shirt and certificate.   The winners, as pictured in the photograph (clockwise) are : Chloe Dale, Stephanie Fetzer, Irene Perez, Melissa Klezer, Shwta Iyer, Jenthel Eliza Reyes, Aayushi Shah, and Faroyza Elsayed. Not pictured is Nya Lambert.

Get into the Game with Safety With the New Jersey Devils!

Join us as Safe Kids New Jersey and New Jersey Dental Association promote sports safety and dental health with Mouth Guard Night on Friday, February 11, 2011 when the New Jersey Devils play the San Jose Sharks at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.  Game time is 7:00 pm.  All kids under 16 will receive a free custom fit mouth guard courtesy of Henry Schein®.  Don’t miss the fun.  Get your half-priced tickets now!  Proceeds go to Safe Kids New Jersey for statewide sports safety education.

If you want more information on the event go to  SafeKids/NJDevils or you can purchase your tickets now by going to: www.newjerseydevils.com\njda   (Be sure to use the Special Offer Code: njda).  

Safe Kids New Jersey reminds you to be sure you wear the proper safety gear when you play! 





Safety In and Around Cars

Students and teachers from the Gifted and Talented Program at Grace Wilday Junior High School, Roselle, NJ join executives at Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters for a Business Roundtable to unveil their findings on Safety In and Around Cars

Safety In and Around Cars, a statewide initiative of Safe Kids New Jersey funded by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, addresses proper restraint use and preventing trunk entrapment, back-overs, heat related injuries and proper driver/passenger behavior.