Watch these Super Bowl video's. They remind those that friends and family are waiting, some never make it home. So plan ahead and remember if you drink, please don't drive!

If you are around someone who has lost a loved one, just out of a relationship and feeling down, do them a favor and drink non-alcoholic beverages with them. Alcohol is a depressant and will make them feel worse after. Be a true friend.
Super Bowl plans never include loss of life, trauma or jail time. Unfortunately Super Bowl Sunday holds the title for the most DUI related deaths. 

On Super Bowl Sunday, DUI crashes increase by 41% and DUI related crash deaths are 75% higher than any other Sunday in January and February. Super Bowl Sunday has more DUI deaths compared to New Year's Ever, 4th of July and Cinco De Mayo.

DUI crashes are 100% preventable. Game goers and fans can however enjoy the game by planning ahead, drinking responsibly and if you drink, don't drive.  Here are a few tips to help:
If children or teens are around, remember they learn from how you behave. Behave the way you would like them to behave when they are teens and adults. 

Pro Consumer Safety wishes you an enjoyable and safe game!

This video offers an excellent learning opportunity to teach parents about factors that influence their child's self-esteem and image. As a parent we want the best for our child. Unfortunately sometimes a parent might not be happy with how they look, like their hair for example. Such behaviors are modeled to children and teens. Unfortunately the child or teen learns from the parent and can have a negative affect on the child or teen's self-esteem.

Everyone should first be happy with the way they look. For girls in particular are often bombarded by media with super-thin models, the use of make-up and related beauty products to change how they look and they begin to compare and feel insecure about themselves. This can have a major negative affect on girls when exposed to such powerful messages affecting their self-esteem and image.

This video, about children not liking their curly hair makes an excellent point. Parents and adults in the child or teen's life can have significant influence in helping to improve their child's self-esteem and image in how they look and feel about themselves. 
Loving how one looks is a step to improving one's self-esteem. Once the parent learns to love how they look naturally, you will be surprised what positive influence this will have on your child or teen's self-esteem. It is more important to love who you and how you look, and be happy with yourself, than try to change yourself to someone who you  are not. Learn to love how beautiful you look. It will have a major influence to improving your child's self-esteem and self-image. Your child will also become more confident in themselves so they can focus on life learning activities and opportunities such as those in The Parent's Pyramid. Show your child how beautiful you are naturally, today.
Pro Car Seat Safety, a division of Pro Consumer Safety released a "Best Practice Standard" to help remind parents that car seat manufacturers are designing car seats at a greater height and weight maximum so children can ride at each stage longer. Depending on the the car seat design, children can ride rear-facing to around kindergarten age. Of course this ranges between 3-5 years depending on the seat height and weight maximum and the child's size. The important thing for parents to understand is that car seats are going to a greater height and weight maximum so kids can ride in each stage longer. This helps to keep them safer by giving them the physical support they need to protect their neck and brain from injury during a car crash as seen in this video.
When infants and toddlers are advanced to a forward-facing position too soon,  this increases their risk for neck and traumatic brain injury or death during a car crash. Keeping children rear-facing longer, according to the car seat height and weight recommendations, provides them with proper head and neck support. 
Parents are beginning to understand, but many still need to be reminded. It is all too often that some parents advance infants and toddlers from rear-facing to forward-facing too soon, increasing the child's risk of c-spine (neck) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Some also parents become confused between the law and recommendations from parents who had infants and toddlers several years back when car seats were not used like they can be today.

Some car seats  are now designed for rear-facing for children up to around 43 inches or 50 pounds. This is great news because children can now be seated in a rear-facing to three to even five years of age, depending on the height and weight of the seat and child. Therefore giving the child more support and protection during a collision. When I provide consultation to parents and make them aware of the increased height and weight in many rear-facing restraint systems, they often are surprised that their child can ride rear-facing to about kindergarten age, depending on the height and weight maximum and the child. While parents have specific milestones for infants and toddlers, when it comes to car seat seating positions, the new milestone is to be rear-facing (birth to 3-5 years) from birth to on average about kindergarten age (depending on the maximum weight and height of the car seat and child). Followed by forward-facing (3-5 to 6-7 years) school-aged, booster seats (6-7 to 10-12 years), then to seat belt use, after they pass the seat belt test, usually between 10-12 years of age.
Parents remember to check your child's car seat height and weight maximum to know how long your child can remain in the seat. Remember keeping them in each stage longer gives them more protection, keeping them safest during a car crash.
Pro Consumer Safety offers insight on sledding. As an injury and neuroepidemiologist there is no doubt that sledding is dangerous. However instead of cities and townships banning sledding it would be in their best interest to consider establishing policies that promote physical activity such as sledding to get more parents and children doing activities together, provide safety awareness campaigns and helmet requirements. Parents, drivers on snow covered and icy roads and sledder, need to also take responsibility.

PROMOTE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: While public health officials have advocated for increasing physical activity, Public Health Behavior Solutions further advocates that parents to provide opportunities for their children to participate and learn various activities of "healthy" risk. Learning new skills, even sledding,can have both physical, social and emotional benefits including learning.  

CITY & TOWNSHIP POLICIES: City and townships should consider establishing policies to provide 1) safe areas for sledding, 2)  education and safety awareness campaigns, 3) requirements for helmet use, and 4) adult supervision.  In addition local or statewide laws can also established requiring helmets to be worn while sledding. Fine money from violating this law can then be used  to provide public safety and sledding use awareness campaign. Public Health Behavior Solutions has worked with state and local governments to establish similar public health strategies.

SLEDDING SAFETY TIPS: Pro Consumer Safety provides sledding safety tips to the  general public. As mentioned there is no doubt that sledding is dangerous. Common injures are c-spine (neck) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), generally from running into trees and among children 9-14 years of age. But it is not the activity itself so much as it is how the activity is practiced. Sledding often is done in an uncontrolled environment, which increases risk from sudden bumps, holes, trees, cars and even Thin Ice Dangers. Adults need to supervise children and be aware of hazardous areas. Adults need to make sure children use sleds or toboggans and make sure they are in good condition. In addition to never use disks, tubes or plastic sliders because they cannot be steered. Sledders should always wear a helmet, that is is used for skiing and snowboarding, and make sure it is worn properly and fastened snugly.  

CLOTHING AND HYDRATION: Wearing proper types of clothing materials, gloves and layering helps to prevent hypothermia. Drinking plenty of water and eating proper energy snacks will help to prevent from becoming dehydrated. When children run up and down snowy slopes uses lots of energy, so children need tokeep well hydrated.   

DRIVING IN SNOW AND ON ICY ROADS: Drivers need to also know how to properly drive in snow and ice. Some states like in California require tire chains to be carries in your vehicle while driving on mountain highways and to be used during chain control requirements. 

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