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Don’t “Toy Around” with Safety: Make toy safety a top priority this holiday season

There are few holiday activities more fun than buying toys for the children we love. Watching their faces light up is even better and makes us feel a bit like kids again ourselves.

But before you head out to shop with those wish lists in hand, it’s important to pay attention to a word that pops up on many toy packages: caution.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an estimated 254,200 toy-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2015. And an estimated 73 percent of those happened to children younger than 15 years of age.

“Accidents like these put an unwanted and unnecessary spin on holiday celebrations,” says Amy Evers, Emergency Department Director at Valley View Medical Center. “But the good news is that these injuries are preventable. Keeping a few important safety considerations in mind when shopping for toys can help to keep your celebrations joyful and safe for everyone.”

Below are a few important toy safety tips to keep in mind before you spend your cash.

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December 2018 Monthly Health Article – Healthy Holiday Eating

‘Tis the Season to Be Healthy: Helpful Tips for Smart Holiday Eating

Family feasts. Office parties. Casual get-togethers. Whatever the celebration during this festive time of year, there’s one thing that just about every gathering has in common: food. And while December may be the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be one of the most tempting times to abandon healthy eating habits.

Stay the course this season with these handy tips to help you indulge the healthy way through the holidays.

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