Clean hands, clicked seatbelts, fastened helmets, healthy lifestyles and street safety are practices that help keep kids healthy and safe — and together they are now known as the “High Five.”
A new initiative, officially called “Kohl’s Cares High Five Prevention Program,” or “Kohl’s High Five” for short, is underway, led by the Children’s Hospital Foundation.
“High Five is a well-packaged version of what every parent can do to keep their children healthy, safe and out of the hospital,” said Amy Medley, child advocate. “It essentially is a culmination of everything we do here.”
The High Five recommendations are:
- Wash hands: Flu season has arrived and one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness is to wash hands. It’s easy to do and takes only a few minutes.
- Buckle up: From putting your newborn in a car seat to reminding your teen to fasten the seat belt before driving, make sure all kids are properly restrained when in a vehicle.
- Wear a helmet: Helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent, yet only 45 percent of children age 14 and younger regularly wear a bike helmet.
- Eat right and play hard: To stay healthy and fit, children and adults should follow the 5-2-1-0 guidelines every day — 5 fruits or vegetables, 2 hours or less of television time, 1 hour or more of physical activity and 0 sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Be safe, be seen: Children should know the rules of pedestrian safety and how to remain visible to drivers at all times.
“The High Five program embraces today’s health care focus on prevention,” said Therese M. Sirles, R.N., child advocate. “These practical preventive messages can be practiced by folks of any age. With concerted excitement, commitment and active involvement surrounding these messages, assurance of improved health and well-being will not only be experienced by the children we see and teach, but also the entire community.”