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Prioritize Prevention to Protect the People You Love

Health Promotion Coordinator Jennifer Halverson Kuehn
by Jennifer Halverson Kuehn06/26/2018 4:55 p.m.
Updated: 01/04/2019

When you lead an active lifestyle, you boost your chances at good health. Whether you walk, run, bike, swim, or hike, your healthy activities should be fun—and safe.

But injuries happen, and when they do, the road to recovery can be a long one. Injuries affect you physically, mentally and financially. Some injuries can be deadly. They are a leading cause of death among people under 25.

Injury free is the way to be!

People are more likely to be active and healthy if they feel safe and enjoy a welcoming environment. This applies to your home, neighborhood, and the outdoors. Help protect your family from common injuries where you live, learn, work, and play with our injury prevention resources. Find information on topics like:

  • Firearm Safety—One-third of Washington homes have firearms, and 63% store them loaded and unlocked, according to the American Journal of Public Health. Learn the best practices to store them safely.
  • Suicide Prevention—Suicide rates in Washington rose 18.8% from 1999 to 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Find resources for support networks, education and improved crisis response.
  • Overdose Prevention—The opioid epidemic has hit our community hard. In our Opioid Trends Report for Pierce County, we reported 704 people died from opioid overdoses between 2005 and 2014. Learn what you can do to stop opioid abuse and dispose of unwanted medications properly.
  • Water Safety—Drowning is one of the top five leading causes of death for people 24 years old and younger, according to the CDC. Learn how to be safe while having fun in the water.
  • Road Safety—According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, a traffic crash happens every five minutes. Collisions are a leading cause of injury or death for all age groups. Learn how to be safe on the road to protect yourself, other drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.

When you put prevention first, you protect yourself and those around you. Be active in your community. Enjoy the outdoors. With injury prevention in mind, you can pursue an active lifestyle and be safe while doing it.

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  1. Updated: 01/04/2019
  2. Updated: 01/03/2019
Health Promotion Coordinator Jennifer Halverson Kuehn

by Jennifer Halverson Kuehn

Jennifer promotes healthy living through physical activity with safety in mind.