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2007: March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month
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March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month

WINFIELD, Ill., February 5, 2007 — March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month and teachers, scout leaders and volunteers living near Central DuPage Hospital should be aware of the free resources at their fingertips.

Injury is the leading cause of death for individuals age 1 - 44. Central DuPage Hospital is doing more to help our neighbors avoid injuries through their award-winning Injury Prevention Program that serves as the Illinois State Chapter and Training Center for the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation, founded by America’s Neurosurgeons. 

ThinkFirst for Teens
The ThinkFirst program helps teenagers understand the importance of making safe choices.  Speakers who have injury-related disabilities give teenagers a firsthand look and awareness of the devastating, life-altering results of unsafe behaviors.  Injury prevention specialists also talk with the teens about dangers and how to avoid them. Topics include safe driving, sports safety and violence prevention.

Presentations available for driver education classes, health classes or other forums.

ThinkFirst for Kids (grades 1-3)
Safety habits are developed at an early age. CDH offers an engaging assembly with "Street Smart" the safety super hero who delights students while helping them learn the importance of safe choices. Curriculum for teachers to cover five additional weekly topics in the classroom includes vehicle safety, bicycle safety, playground safety, water safety and violence prevention. Sponsoring organizations may “adopt” a school or district by funding helmets for first graders completing the program—call Jill Braselton at 630-933-1934 for details.

Ride Smart (Preschool-Grade 2) – Free!
Helmets are 85% effective in reducing brain injury from bicycle crashes – but only if they’re worn.  The challenge is getting children (and adults) to wear helmets whenever they use a bicycle, skateboard, scooter or in-line skates.

This self-contained safety program helps children understand the importance of wearing a helmet to protect the head and brain. Teachers, scout leaders and other adults can use the kit to teach children about helmet use and bicycle safety.

The Ride Smart! kit is complete with a script, handouts, gelatin brain mold and more: available for check-out.

For more information about any injury prevention programs or to register, call the ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Program at (630) 933-2770.