June- one of our favorite months of the year. It’s the perfect time to enjoy the good weather, plan a vacation, or get out into the sunshine for some exercise. This month is also National Safety Month, a good reminder that, no matter how you choose to spend your summer months, it’s important to do so safely.
We often hear statistics around things like cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and heart attack. But what about all the preventable deaths that occur each and every year? Deaths that happen during emergencies, at work, or while driving.
The National Safety Council eliminates preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education, and advocacy. — NSC
What is National Safety Month?
With a little preparation and awareness, many of these deaths can be prevented. That’s the idea behind National Safety Month, an annual awareness campaign organized by the National Safety Council (NSC). The motto for this year’s event is No 1 Gets Hurt. Each week of June, the NSC will provide information on how to stay safe at home and in the workplace. Here is an overview of each week’s topic area, as well as some additional resources to consider.
- Week 1 – Emergency Preparedness: It’s always when we need them most that emergency preparedness skills are hard to find. Time to change that! Use National Safety Month as an opportunity to get involved and complete safety training, including first aid, CPR, and disaster response.
- Week 2 – Wellness: We hear this term thrown around a lot, but what does wellness actually mean? How does wellness help prevent otherwise avoidable ailments and death? And what are some concrete ways that we can make wellness a focus in our day to day lives? Oh, and be sure to read our blog on promoting wellness in your PT clinic.
- Week 3 – Falls: How many of us have lost a grandparent to a fall, someone who otherwise had more time? Falls are especially prevalent among the elderly, or people suffering from diseases like Parkinson’s. How do we limit fall risk? What’s the appropriate response when falls do occur? And what is the treatment outlook?
- Week 4 – Driving: Did you know that 11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving? But texting and driving is just one cause of automobile-related deaths. National Safety Month helps raise awareness about defensive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving, and provides information on how to avoid these preventable deaths.
How AlterG can help you participate in National Safety Month
The four-week format is an innovative and engaging way to raise awareness about preventable deaths. For more information, be sure to check out this useful introduction to Injury Facts, published by the National Safety Council. You can also take the Safe At Work Pledge.
We also encourage you to explore new ways to exercise safer, especially if you are in an at-risk category. This includes stroke survivors, senior citizens, and people living with obesity, yes; but it also includes athletes recovering from injuries, or people simply looking to train smarter. All of these groups need to be aware of the risks associated with exercising so they can do so in a controlled and safe manner.
That’s why we offer people of all backgrounds and ability levels the opportunity to benefit from our AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmills. Using precision unweighting technology, the Anti-Gravity Treadmill allows licensed physical therapists to monitor and keep you safe every step of the way—in the true spirit of National Safety Month.
Ready to go zero-gravity for your next workout?