Wednesday, 24 August 2011 23:56

Recreational Programs

Enjoying the great outdoors and recreational activities is important for your health and well-being. UCHD encourages residents to enjoy our many beautiful parks and recreational facilities. The Union County Health Department also inspects public swimming pools and spas (indoor and outdoor) and public campgrounds.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 01:20

Union County Drug Free Coalition

The Union County Health Department is an active member of the Union County Drug Free Coalition. 

The Union County Drug Free Coalition is a community coalition dedicated to positively changing substance use among youth and adults over time.  The Coalition formed in 2009 after the growing concern of opiate prescription drug abuse and heroin use in Union County. A diverse group of community leaders, students and parents began efforts to raise awareness and support education regarding youth substance use.  Since then, additional data collection, training and a rich community assessment has allowed the group to target efforts to address underage drinking, marijuana, and prescription drug abuse among youth.  The Coalition remains dedicated to reducing the risks associated with substance abuse through evidence-based environmental strategies that address community level change. 

 For regular information or updates regarding drug prevention and education activities within Union County, please visit the coalition at ucdrugfree.org or Facebook.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 01:19

Child Fatality Review

cfr imageChild deaths are often regarded as an indicator of the health of a community. While mortality data provide us with an overall picture of child deaths (by number and cause), it is from a careful study of each and every child’s death that we can learn how best to respond to a death and how best to prevent another.

Recognizing the need to better understand why children die, the Ohio General Assembly passed Substitute House Bill Number 448 (HB 448) in July, 2000, mandating Child Fatality Review (CFR) Boards in each of Ohio’s counties (or regions) to review the deaths of children under eighteen years of age.

Purpose:

The ultimate purpose of the local review boards, as clearly described in the law, is to reduce the incidence of preventable child deaths. To accomplish this, it is expected that local review boards will:

  1. Promote cooperation, collaboration and communication between all groups that serve families and children;
  2. Maintain a database of all child deaths to develop an understanding of the causes and incidence of those deaths;
  3. Recommend and develop plans for implementing local service and program changes; and advise the department of health of aggregate data, trends and patterns found in child deaths.

The local Union County Child Fatality review is chaired by Alex Jones, Director of Nursing, Union County Health Department. The committee is made up of individuals representing the following partners; local law enforcement, highway patrol, fire, EMA, coroner, public health, pediatricians, mental health, local schools, and Department of Job and Family Services. If you would like more information about the Child Fatality Review Committee, please contact Alex Jones at 937-642-2053 or via email at alex.jones@uchd.net

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 01:18

Farmer's Market

The Union County Health Department in collaboration with the Union County Wellness Consortium have annually created a series of recipe cards which highlight specific fruits and vegetables that are found weekly at our local Union County Farmer's Markets. Links below provide information on the nutritional value, storage tips, and the featured recipe. Hard copies of the recipes are available each Saturday morning at the Union County Farmer's Market in Marysville, Ohio. This market is open from 8a to 12p or until the farmer's run out of their product. In 2013, UCHD partnered with Wellness Consortium members, Honda of America and the Union County OSU Extension Services, for the recipes and printing of the cards. Collections of past year's recipes are also below. If you would more information about this project, please contact Doug Matthews at doug.matthews@uchd.net or 937-642-2053 ext. 2027. 

 

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 00:45

Safe & Sound Coalition

Union County’s Safe & Sound Coalition works to prevent injuries in individuals of all ages by partnering with local law enforcement agencies, fire departments, schools, businesses, hospitals, and the community.

  • Traffic safety, child passenger safety, poison prevention, bicycle safety, pedestrian safety, conflict resolution and bullying are all topics that the coalition is working to address.
  • The Safe & Sound Coalition welcomes community members to have an active role in the coalition to prevent injury.

 The Union County Health Department serves as the lead agency and coordinator of the Safe & Sound Coalition because of funding made possible through the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

Please follow this link for specific traffic statistics in Union County:    Union County Stats

 

 

 

Monday, 08 August 2011 01:51

Sports Safety

Traumatic Brain Injury (Concussions)

Overuse Injury

Heat-related Illness

Dental Injury

Skin Infections

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Millions of children participate in sports and recreational activities every year in the United States. However, there are also millions of sports-related injuries occurring and unfortunately, these numbers are on the rise. It is estimated that more than 3.5 million children under the age of 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries annually.

The most common types of sports-related injuries in children are sprains, muscle strains, bone or growth plate injuries, and heat-related illness. Traumatic brain injuries (concussions) are also on the rise and it is estimated that 2 out of 5 traumatic brain injuries among children are associated with participation in sports.


Traumatic Brain Injury (Concussions)

Football photoA traumatic brain injury occurs when a bump, blow, or jolt to the head changes the way the brain normally works. This type of injury can occur during practices and games in any sport or recreational activity. It is estimated that 90% of traumatic brain injuries occur without the loss of consciousness. Children and teens are more likely to sustain a concussion and take longer to heal than adults. Direct medical costs and costs such as lost productivity due to traumatic brain injury totaled an estimated $60 billion in the United States in 2000.

 Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Bothered by light or noise
  • Feeling sluggish or groggy
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Memory problems or confusion 

If a traumatic brain injury is suspected, the following steps should be taken:

  • Notify the coach or athletic trainer.
  • Get a medical checkup from a doctor or healthcare professional.
  • Allow adequate time to heal. 

For more information about traumatic brain injury prevention and treatment, take the free online Heads Up training from the Center for Disease Control. This training teaches coaches how to recognize, respond to, and prevent concussions in sports. Additional materials including the following fact sheets are also available. 

Click here to watch a great informational video from the CDC about youth sports concussions: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6JKefMA0WA&feature=youtu.be


Overuse Injury

girl playing_tennisAn overuse injury occurs when there is repetitive strain to a tendon, bone, or joint. As more children are playing sports year round, overuse injuries are becoming more common. Experts estimate that up to 50% of sports-related injuries seen in children are related to overuse. Common overuse injuries include tennis elbow, swimmer’s shoulder, and stress fractures.

The key to preventing overuse injuries is time off. It is recommended that athletes have at least two to three months off per year. In addition to proper rest and recovery time, there are also specific exercises that can reduce the risk of injury. To view videos of these exercises and learn more prevention tips, please visit Nationwide Children's Hospital.


Heat-related Illness

Child Drinking_WaterHeat-related illness is the leading cause of preventable death among high school athletes. These heat stroke deaths occur mainly during the summer months and at the beginning of conditioning for fall sports. Heat-related illness occurs when there is an excessive loss of fluids from the body often initially resulting in dehydration.

For more information about keeping athletes properly hydrated, please see the Hydration Recommendations from the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

 


Dental Injury 

MouthguardsWant an inexpensive way to make your athlete safer on the field? Pop in a mouthguard! More than 2 million teeth are knocked out every year in sports-related injuries. Mouthguards prevent injury to the mouth, teeth, lips, cheek and tongue and reduces the risk for concussions. According to the American Dental Association, wearing a mouthguard is the most effective way to reduce the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries. 

 Educational materials for your team can be downloaded and printed:


Skin Infections

WrestlingSkin infections among athletes are a serious concern for many sports. These infections are passed through direct skin-to-skin contact or by the sharing of sports equipment, clothes, and towels. If left untreated, skin infections can cause lost playing time, reoccuring wounds or rashes, permanent scarring, and in some rare cases they can be life-threatening.

The simplest ways to prevent these infections include:

  • Frequently washing hands with soap and water
  • Showering immediately after practices and games
  • Covering all open cuts and wounds with waterproof bandages
  • Washing clothes and towels immediately after practices and games
  • Establishing and implementing policies and procedures for cleaning and disinfecting shared sports equipment

To learn more about the prevention and treatment of skin infections among athletes, visit the Minnesota Department of Health. Additional materials including the following fact sheets are also available.

Monday, 08 August 2011 00:30

Conflict Resolution

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For over a decade, the Union County Health Department partnered with the Union County elementary and middle schools to provide conflict resolution education to staff and students. Through these partnerships, staff members were trained in Positive Discipline in the Classroom, bullying prevention techniques, and provided many resources including the Games Club program curriculum. The health department still has many educational resources available including guidebooks, lesson plans, board games, and videos. These materials are available by request to all Union County schools and organizations. 


Games Club

Games Club is a conflict resolution program that was created by the Union County Health Department. Through the playing of board games, the program teaches school-aged children about types of conflict and provides the skills to resolve conflicts peacefully. To learn more about the Games Club program and how to implement it within your school or youth organization, please see the Games Club Manual.


Union County Conflict Resolution Program Recognized by NACCHO

NACCHO Model_Practice_AwardThe Union County Health Department was honored at the 2011 annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), a body of peers, for developing and implementing a program that demonstrates exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a local public health need. "Creating Positive School Environments through Conflict Resolution Education" was one of 41 public health programs developed by a local health department selected from across the nation to receive NACCHO's Model Practice Award.

From 2000 through 2009, the Injury Prevention Program at the Union County Health Department worked to improve the climate and environment of Union County school settings and reduce violence occurring in the school community. This goal was accomplished by providing conflict resolution, bullying prevention, and positive discipline and classroom environment education to the staff and students in the Marysville Exempted Village School District. Project success was measured through school climate surveys which asked students to report the frequency of bullying and harassment within the school building. At the start of the program, 33% of students reported regular harassment. Following nine years of program implementation, this number was drastically reduced to just 10%.

"We are proud to receive NACCHO's Model Practice Award for our conflict resolution program. The award is evidence of our commitment to developing responsive and innovative public health programs that improve the health of Union County residents," said Jason Orcena, Health Commissioner.

Each innovative project receiving the award was peer-reviewed (by other local health department professionals) and selected from a group of 130 applications. Since 2003, NACCHO's Model Practice Awards program has honored initiatives—including programs, resources, and tools—that demonstrate how local health departments and their community partners can effectively collaborate to address local public health concerns. "Creating Positive School Environments through Conflict Resolution Education" is now part of an online, searchable database of successful public health practices in areas ranging from immunization and maternal and child health to infectious diseases and emergency preparedness. The NACCHO Model Practice database allows users to benefit from colleagues' experiences, to learn what works, and to ensure that resources are used wisely on effective programs that have been implemented with good results. It also enables NACCHO to share information with key stakeholders and media about the good work being done by local health departments across the country.

This award puts the Union County Health Department into special company—a select group of health departments that exemplify a forward thinking, proactive attitude toward protecting and promoting the health of communities across the nation.

For more information about the NACCHO Model Practice Awards and to view a list of other award winners, please visit NACCHO.

Saturday, 06 August 2011 16:43

Union County Wellness Consortium

Grand Prix SeriesUCWC web version

Operation Fit Kids

5,4,3,2,1 Go

Farmer's Market Recipe Cards

To help your company with worksite wellness programming the Union County Health Department in collaboration with the Union County Chamber of Commerce and other private and public organizations formed the Union County Wellness Consortium dedicated to the promotion of health and wellness in Union County.

Our vision and mission are as follows:

Vision:  Supporting a culture of wellness for a healthy Union County.

Mission: A community partnership building healthy habits to reduce the burden of disease in Union County through chronic disease prevention, resource development, and behavior change.

Goals:

  • To prevent chronic disease through education and risk reduction
  • To serve as the primary wellness resource in Union County
  • To support behavior change in Union County by increasing accessibility to wellness opportunities and activities.

The Consortium meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11 am (location varies each month)  to share success stories and resources in the area of worksite wellness. Each meeting provides a keynote presentation related to a specific wellness topic, local program highlight with practical application for other worksites, and a roundtable format for sharing and asking questions. For information on topic or location of meeting, please contact Lynnette Focht, Chairperson at  llfocht@mevsd.us or by phone 937-578-6130 or Doug Matthews, Secretary at doug.matthews@uchd.net or by phone at 937-642-2053 ext. 2027. 

As a coalition, we strive to improve the opportunities for wellness in a variety of ways. Some of the current projects of the Consortium are; Union County Grand Prix Series, Operation Fit Kids, 5,4,3,2,1 Go!, and Farmers Market Recipe Cards.

For more information about how the Wellness Consortium can assist your worksite or to attend an upcoming meeting, please contact 937-642-2053 ext. 2027.

The Wellness Consortium is made of the following companies and organizations:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Buckeye Chiropractic
  • Cartridge World, Dublin
  • City of Marysville
  • Honda of America, Mfg.
  • Honda Marysville
  • Lowe's
  • LivinUp2 Fitness
  • Marysville Exempted School Distict
  • Marysville Public Library
  • Memorial Health / Memorial Hospital
  • Midwest Express Group
  • Moriroku Technology
  • Nestle PTC
  • North Union Local Schools
  • North Union-Richwood Public Library
  • Ohio Department of Health, Creating Healthy Communities
  • Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections- Ohio Reformatory for Women
  • Ohio HighPoint/Marysville HS Health Tech Program
  • Preferred Benefits Services Agency, Inc.
  • Richwood Banking Company
  • Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems
  • Union County
  • Union County Chamber of Commerce 
  • Union County Family YMCA
  • Union County Health Department
  • Union Rural Electric
  • Village of Richwood

 

 

 

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The Union County Grand Prix Series is a package of local, Union County, races. Individuals receive points based on participation and race results. Friendly competition is promoted throughout the series with a culminating event at series end. All races provide a community service through a philanthropic component.

The Grand Prix Series went live as of Janaury 2012. Race directors will be promoting the Grand Series as well as sharing results with the committee. For more information, please contact Michelle Anderson- YMCA or Shawn Sech- UCHD or check us out on Facebook.

Race (click for registration)

2017 Date

#StayActive 5K

03/18/17

Rock the Run 5K and 10K*

04/22/17

Marysville Neon Glow Run 5K

06/10/17

Richwood Sun Run

06/17/17

All Ohio Balloon Fest Race 5K

08/04/17

UCF Bike Ride*

09/02/17

Ruth Woods 5K

09/16/17

Plain City 4 Miler

09/23/17

United Way Honor Our Heroes Run Quarter Marathon and 5K*

11/04/17

Northwood 5K

11/11/17

Pumpkin Dash 5K

11/23/17






















 

 

 

 

 

*Indicates that this event will only receive 5 participation points, no placeholders points per age and gender category.

 

 2017 Race Series
icon 2017 Grand Prix Series Flyer

2017 Results
icon Grand Prix Series- Northwoods
icon Grand Prix Series- Honor Our Heroes
icon Grand Prix Series- Plain City 4 Miler
icon Grand Prix Series- Ruth Woods

icon Grand Prix Series- UCF Bike Ride
icon
 Grand Prix Series- All Ohio Balloon Fest
icon Grand Prix Series- Sun Run
icon
 Grand Prix Series- Neon Glow Run
icon Grand Prix Series- Rock the Run
icon Grand Prix Series- #StayActive

 

2016 Race Series
icon 2016 Grand Prix Series Flyer (includes race package information)

2016 Results
icon GPS thru 031616
icon Grand Prix Series- Rock The Run
icon Grand Prix Series- Neon Glow Run
icon Grand Prix Series- Sun Run
icon Grand Prix Series- Honda Run 4 Kids
icon Grand Prix Series- Northwoods
icon Grand Prix Series- Ruth Woods
icon Grand Prix Series- Plain City 4 Miler
icon Grand Prix Series- Honor Our Heroes
icon Grand Prix Series- Pumpkin Dash and Final

2015 Race Series

icon 2015 Grand Prix Series Flyer

 2015 Race Results
icon2015 Grand Prix Results- Pumpkin Dash

icon 2015 Grand Prix Results- Honor Our Heroes
icon 2015 Grand Prix Results- Plain City 4 Miler
icon 2015 Grand Prix Results- Ruth Woods
icon 2015 Grand Prix Results- AOBF
icon 2015 Grand Prix Results- Run4Kids
icon 2015 Grand Prix Results- Sun Run
icon 2015 Grand Prix Results- Marysville Neon Glow
icon 2015 GPS results- David Foster Race
icon 2015 GPS results- Rock the Run

 

  

2014 Race Series
icon UCGPS 2014 Flyer

2014 Race
Results
icon 2014 GPS Final Results (combined)
icon 2014 GPS Final Results (female)
icon 2014 GPS Final Results (male)
 

 

 2013 Race Results
icon UCGPS results thru 120413

 

2012 Grand Prix Series
icon Grand Prix Series 2012 Flyer 

 2012 GPS Final Women's results-
icon Womens Final Grand Prix Series Results

2012 GPS Final Men's results-
icon Mens Final Grand Prix Series Results

 


 

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Operation Fit Kids

We are on our way to an epidemic in childhood obesity.  The rates of childhood overweight have tripled nationally since the 1970s.  From genetics to unhealthy cultural norms to simply too many hours spent in front of a television instead of playing outside, there are seemingly endless factors that are contributing to the rapid spread of obesity.

Operation Fit Kids was developed through a partnership between the Union County Family YMCA and Honda of America, Mfg / Watson Wellness Center in 2009. The program has been sustained by the YMCA. The six week program focusing on nutrition and physical activity is implemented in Union County schools with 3rd graders. The program has been successfully completed at; Edgewood, Northwood, Raymond, and Fairbanks.

For more information, please contact Michelle Anderson at manderson@unioncountyymca.org or by phone at 937-578-4250.

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 5-4-3-2-1 Go

We are on our way to an epidemic in childhood obesity.  The rates of childhood overweight have tripled nationally since the 1970s.  From genetics to unhealthy cultural norms to simply too many hours spent in front of a television instead of playing outside, there are seemingly endless factors that are contributing to the rapid spread of obesity.

5-4-3-2-1 001So, what if a healthier lifestyle for a child was a simple as “5-4-3-2-1-Go!”?  The 5-4-3-2-1-Go! Program promotes the following:

 

  • 5 = 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day
  • 4 = 4 servings of water
  • 3 = 3 servings of low fat dairy
  • 2 = 2 hours or less of screen time per day
  • 1 = 1 hour or more of physical activity per day

 

The 5-4-3-2-1 Go! initiative was introduced to Union County in 2010 thanks to a grant Memorial Hospital received from the Ohio Hospital Association. In 2010, Memorial Hospital in collaboration with our Union County Wellness Consortium, implemented this program in 8 schools targeting 4th and 5th graders.

5-4-3-2-1 020This simple but effective message is about teaching and reinforcing healthy lifestyle behaviors and promoting good health for ALL children, not just those who are obese or at risk for obesity.  The 5-4-3-2-1-Go! program is effective by using positive examples.  It takes away the focus on a child’s actual weight while reinforcing healthy daily behaviors, and effects changes in the child’s environment that support these behaviors. It also includes information for the whole family to assist in developing healthy behaviors and habits at home.

We use trained high school teen leaders with adult supervision to promote these healthy lifestyle changes with the children. The teen-to-child approach is a unique and feasible way to deliver the healthy lifestyle message and has a positive effect on both the teen advocates and the children that they are interacting with.

Since, 2010 we have added two parochial schools, and continued with current 4th graders each year. We currently offer the 5-4-3-2-1-GO! program to nine Union County Schools. The program is a 5 week program, each week being dedicated to one of the 5 lessons listed above. The program is FREE and typically takes place during recess. We end the program by throwing a celebration party at the Union County YMCA each spring, and open it up to all 5-4-3-2-1-GO! participants and their families.

Through the program, we have seen significant improvement in the students who participated. At the end of the 5 week program, fruit and vegetable consumption improved by 32 percent, water and dairy consumption improved by 30 percent, screen time (described as the amount of time a child spends in front of a computer, television, video game, etc.) decreased by 22 percent, and physical activity levels improved by 25 percent.

Armed with fruits and veggies, water, and lots of fun activities and incentives, the 5-4-3-2-1 Go! Take Off Union County program from Memorial Hospital is here to assist your 4th graders to learn healthy eating and exercise habits.

For more information about this FREE healthy lifestyle program please feel free to contact Rebecca Wilder or Deb Stubbs at Memorial Hospital's Health Center, 937-578-2580. 

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Walk with a Doc 

 

Come join Memorial Health at Eljer Park for our Walk with A Doc program.


Enjoy a nice walk hosted by a doctor on staff at Memorial Health, The Heart Partnership with 
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, or one of the Memorial Health’s physician practices. Exercise physiologists are also on-hand to offer free blood pressure checks and assist participants. A free healthy snack is included. We hope to see you there!

Lace up your sneakers and bring any health questions you may have.


TIME/LOCATION 
Times and locations for walks are listed below.

Date

Time

Location

June 12, 2015

8:00 a.m.

Eljer Park

June 25, 2015

6:00 p.m.

Eljer Park

July 10, 2015

8:00 a.m.

Eljer Park

July 23, 2015

6:00 p.m.

Eljer Park

August 14, 2015

8:00 a.m.

Eljer Park

 


 

Union County Farmers Market

The Union County Health Department in collaboration with the Union County Wellness Consortium have annually created a series of recipe cards which highlight specific fruits and vegetables that are found weekly at our local Union County Farmer's Markets. Links below provides information on nutritional value, storage tips, and the featured recipe. Hard copies of the recipes are available each Saturday morning at the Union County Farmer's Market in Marysville, Ohio. This market is open from 8a to 12p or until the farmer's run out of product. In 2012, UCHD partnered with Wellness Consortium members, Honda of America and the Union County OSU Extension Services, for the recipes and printing of the cards. Collections of past year's recipes are also below. If you would more information about this project, please contact Brenda Rock at doug.matthews@uchd.net or 937-642-2053 ext. 2027. 

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Tuesday, 19 July 2011 19:31

Car Seat Safety

Ohio's Child Restraint Law
Safety Recommendations
Car Seat Recalls
Car Seat Installation Program
Car Seat Distribution Program 
Children in cars

Car Seat_PhotoIs your child’s car seat safe? According to a survey conducted by Safe Kids USA, 96% of parents believe that they use their car seats correctly. However, research has shown that 73% of car seats are misused. Some of the most common misuse issues involve incorrect installation in the vehicle and improper car seat selection based on the child’s age, weight, and height.

Certified car seat technicians are available at the Union County Health Department to answer questions, check that car seats are properly installed, and assist with new installation. The Union County Health Department also participates in the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes (OBB) program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Health. The local OBB program distributes free car seats to low income families in Union County. For more information about our installation and distribution services, please see the Car Seat Installation Program or Car Seat Distribution Program sections.


Ohio’s Child Restraint Law

All Ohio children must be properly restrained every time they are in a vehicle. They must meet the following requirements until they are 15 years of age:

  • Every child who is less than 8 years of age or 4’9” tall must ride in a car seat or booster seat.
  • Every child who is 8 years to 15 years of age must be properly restrained with a seatbelt. 

Safety Recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following in regards to car seat use:

Infant CarrierInfants

Type of Seat to Use: Infant-only seat, Rear-facing convertible seat

Guidelines: Infants should ride rear-facing until they are at least 2 years of age or as long as their car seat allows.

 


ConvertibleToddlers/Preschoolers

Type of Seat to Use: Rear-facing convertible seat, Forward-facing convertible seat, Combination seat

Guidelines: Children should ride rear-facing until they are at least 2 years of age or as long as their car seat allows. Many car seats allow rear-facing use until 35 lbs. After your child reaches the rear-facing weight limit, they should be moved to a forward-facing seat with an internal harness. Many of these forward-facing seats witn an internal harness can accomodate children until 40-65 lbs. Please see your car seat instruction manual for more information.

 

BoosterSchool-age Children

Type of Seat to Use: Booster seat

Guidelines: Children should ride in a booster seat until they are 8 years of age or 4'9" tall.
To determine if your child is ready to move out of a booster seat, take the 5 Step Booster Seat Test.  

 

Seatbelt WebbingOlder Children

Type of Restraint to Use: Seatbelt

Guidelines: Children should ride in the backseat with a lap and shoulder seatbelt until they are 13 years of age.

 

Always review your car seat instruction manual and your vehicle instruction manual before installing your car seat.


Car Seat Recalls

Car seats are sometimes found to be unsafe and recalled by the manufacturer. Visit safercar.gov for a current list of recalled car seats.

Car seats also come with expiration dates. Generally car seats can be used for 6 to 8 years from their date of manufacture. Look for a sticker or imprinted date on the back of the car seat to determine if the seat is still safe to use. If the seat has expired, replace the car seat immediately.


Car Seat Installation Program

The Union County Health Department offers free car seat check appointments to assist with proper fitting and installation. Appointments take approximately 30 minutes per car seat. If possible, please bring the car seat instruction manual and the vehicle owners manual to the appointment. To schedule a car seat check appointment with a certified technician, please call the Union County Health Department at 937-642-2053. 


Car Seat Distribution Program

baby-in-car-seatThe Union County Health Department participates in the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Health. This statewide program provides free car seats to qualifying, low income families. To qualify for a free car seat, the following requirements must be met:

  • Child must be eligible for the Women, Infants, and Children program (WIC) or have a Medicaid or Medicare card.
  • Child must not have previously received a free car seat from the Union County Health Department.

If your child qualifies for a free car seat, please call the Union County Health Department at 937-642-2053 to schedule an appointment with a certified technician.

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Children in Cars

Little kids should never be left alone in a vehicle - even for a minute. Heat is much more dangerous to them than it is to adults. When left in a hot vehicle, a young child’s body temperature may increase three to five times faster than an adult's, causing permanent injury or even death. Learn how to protect your child and keep her safe in and around vehicles.

Please click on the following link for more information about heatstroke prevention for children in cars.

Children in Cars

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