Slide into Safety
More childhood injuries occur in the summer months than any other time of the year. At Gundersen Health System from 2009-2012, 42 percent of traumatic injuries to children age 14 and under occurred in May, June, July and August.
To reduce the number of unintentional injuries in the summer, the Safe Kids Coalition of the La Crosse Coulee Region has partnered with the La Crosse Loggers to deliver the annual Slide into Safety with the Loggers program.
This one-day program is offered to third grade students from schools in La Crosse and surrounding communities. It is held at the Loggers Stadium. Slide into Safety uses educational and interactive activities that focus on the major risks associated with summer hazards. Children rotate through safety stations which focus on high-risk areas such as wheeled sports, motor vehicle, safety in and around water, and much more.
The program's goal is to provide children with the knowledge they need to make good choices. It also encourages personal responsibility for staying safe in order to reduce and prevent injuries. Through program evaluations, students have demonstrated a 10 percent increase in knowledge following the program.