Kohl’s Cares High Five Prevention Program

Clean hands, clicked seat belts, fastened helmets, healthy lifestyles and street safety are practices that help keep kids healthy and safe-together we call them the “High Five.”

Led by Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness, Kohl’s Cares High Five Prevention Program, or Kohl’s High Five for short, is a well-packaged version of what every parent can do to keep their children healthy, safe and out of the hospital.

Kohl’s High Five recommendations are:

Wash your hands: Flu season has arrived. Washing hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness. It’s easy to do and takes only a few minutes.

Buckle up: Make sure all kids are properly restrained when in a vehicle, whether you’re putting your newborn in a car seat or reminding your teen to fasten the seat belt before driving.

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 stay active: To stay healthy and fit, children and adults should follow the 5-2-1-0 guidelines every day: 5 servings of fruits and 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.

Kohl’s High Five embraces today’s health care focus on prevention. These practical preventive messages can be practiced at any age. The goal of the High Five program is to improve the health and well-being of the entire community by starting with educating school-age children.

Why High Five?

Kids are kids. They will fall off their bicycles as they are learning to ride without training wheels. They will catch a cold from the child who sits next to them at school. As adults, we have to be prepared to give children the tools they need to live a safe and healthy life. It is up to us to teach them to wear a helmet when they ride a bicycle or to cover their mouths when they cough. We can’t protect them from everything, but we can prevent a lot of injuries and promote good health habits.

Although physicians and specialists at Norton Children’s Hospital are well-equipped to treat practically any injury or illness, the goal of Kohl’s High Five is to keep children out of the hospital by encouraging families to practice safe and healthy habits.

We know that prevention, intervention and education can – and do – work.

Emergency department in numbers

During 2013, the Norton Children’s Hospital Emergency Department treated:

172 children for bicycle-related injuries
A properly fitted helmet can reduce traumatic brain injury by up to 88 percent.

78 children for pedestrian-related injuries
Most injuries happen midblock or someplace other than intersections. Teach kids at an early age to put down their devices and then look left, right and left again when crossing the street.

958 children after being in a car crash
Seat belts are the most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of crash injuries by 50 percent.

381 children for diabetes-related issues
Pediatric obesity has led to a dramatic increase in Type 2 diabetes among children and adolescents. Obesity is strongly associated with insulin resistance and the development of Type 2 diabetes.

1,144 children for the flu
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

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