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Friday, October 28, 2011 - Munson Safety Program Steps Into International Spotlight
Munson Safety Program Steps Into International Spotlight
Chill Out Winter Safety Program highlighted at Worldwide Safe Kids Conference
 
An adventuresome bear who promotes safety while experiencing fun winter activities continues to catch the attention of safety educators well beyond the boundaries of northern Michigan.
 
Munson Trauma Services educator Jennifer Ritter has been asked to present the Chill Out Winter Safety Program at the Safe Kids U.S.A. Conference in Charlotte, N.C., November 6 - 9.
 
The program promotes safe practices during winter activities such as sledding, skiing, ice fishing, and more. The program is presented to preschool through second graders using a fun coloring book that features “Beary Careful,” a bear who is learning about winter safety. An interactive presentation is given to third- through sixth-grade students.
 
“I am honored to be asked to present at the Safe Kids conference because it is the largest injury prevention program in the world,” she said. “Hopefully there will be some groups there that will be able to take the program and share it with their region of the nation or world.”
 
The Safe Kids conference is part of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations with a mission of preventing childhood injury. Unintentional childhood injury is the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 14 and under. More than 500 educators are expected at the Charlotte conference.
 
Kohl’s 4 Season Safety program has given Munson’s Chill Out program a grant that has allowed for the distribution of hundreds of helmets to northern Michigan public schools. In the past year, the program has been presented to more than 3,600 students.
 
Earlier this year, Ritter and Munson Medical Center staff member Tammie Budrow received state honors as Michigan 2011 Hometown Health Hero Award winners for their creation of the Chill Out program. For more information on the Chill Out program, contact Ritter at (231) 922-4843.