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Winter Sports Bring Outdoor Fun and Injuries to Kids

Safe Kids USA Reminds Parents to Keep Kids Safe On and Off the Slopes


Papillion, Nebraska –Old man winter brings many outdoor activities for children to enjoy with the

snow and on the ice. Yet, Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass cautions that sledding, skiing, snowboarding,

and skating result in thousands of injuries to children each year. The good news is that many of

these injuries can be prevented. Parents can help keep their children injury free by taking a few

simple precautions.


“It begins with providing the proper clothing, safety gear and sun screen and by ensuring their

child stays hydrated,” said Safe Kids Coordinator, Jane Husz. “In addition, providing children a

snowboarding or skiing lesson before they head to the slopes will provide them with the

necessary skills to not only reduce their frustrations but also their risk of injury. Finally, parents

need to have their children come inside periodically to warm up and prevent hypothermia or



Approximately 2 out of 5 traumatic brain injuries among children are associated with participation

in sports and recreational activities. Studies indicate that wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of

impact forces to the brain. Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass recommends children always wear helmets

when sledding, skiing, snowboarding, or playing ice hockey.

Here’s additional tips for parents” to keep their children safe this winter.

Proper Clothing


-Dress your child in layers - warm close-fitting clothes; a hat; boots; gloves or mittens

that are preferably waterproof, and a scarf, or facemask.

-Make sure your child’s scarf is tucked in so that it doesn’t get entangled in lifts, ski poles, or

other equipment.

Sun Protection

-Cover your child’s exposed skin with sunscreen to protect their skin from the sunlight, which

reflects off the snow.

Safety Gear

-Ensure your child always wears the sport-specific, properly fitted safety gear. For example,

knee pads are just as important for snowboarding as they are for field/ice hockey.

-Helmets should always be worn by children when they ski, sled, snowboard, snowmobile,

and play field/ice hockey. Make sure your child wears a helmet that is appropriate for the

particular activity or sport because there are different helmets for different activities.

-Keep the helmet well-maintained, and it should always be properly fitted to your

child’s head. Replace the helmet as soon as it has been hit hard or involved in a

crash or impact. Even though there may not be any visible damage to the helmet, it

will not effectively absorb the impact of a future crash or may have a hair line crack

invisible to the human eye.

Staying Hydrated

-Encourage your child to drink water before, during and after play in order to stay fully

hydrated. Here’s some general guidelines to prevent dehydration:

-Before an activity:

o Drink 12 ounces of fluid 30 minutes

-During an activity:

o Children under 90 pounds: Drink 5 ounces every 20 minutes

o Children over 90 pounds: Drink 9 ounces every 20 minutes

-After an activity:

o Drink every 20 minutes during the first hour after the activity to make up for fluid loss.

About Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass:

Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death

and disability to children ages 19 and under. Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass is a member of Safe Kids

Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe

Kids Sarpy/Cass was founded in 2006 and is led by Sarpy/Cass Dept of Health and Wellness.



For more information, contact: Jane Husz, Sarpy/Cass Safe Kids Coordinator, 402?339?4334












'Best Christmas Pageant Ever' is at the Lofte

Best Christmas

Manley, NE [November 13, 2013] - The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley announces that the beloved children's story, 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," will open on the main stage on Saturday, November 30.  

Based upon the book written by Barbara Robinson, this is the story of the six rough-and-tumble Herdman kids who bully their way into the annual Sunday School Nativity play.  The church ladies, the Revrand and even the volunteer fire department are sure this will be the worst Christmas pageant ever, but the Sunday School teacher remains stubbornly optimistic.  The production is filled with youthful energy and a the true spirit of Christmas

The production is directed by Kevin Colbert.  Starring as the pageant director and her husband are Anne Pope and Scott Nielsen of Eagle.  Their children, Charlie and Beth help to narrate the story, and are played by real-life brother and sister Noah and Tess Arent of Murdock.  The Herdmans are played by Mia Thomas of Bellevue, Samuel Gauthier and Adeline Morgenson of Louisville, Talon Flodman and Gus Pope of Eagle and Xander Monson of Brock.  In all, there are fifty-six people in the play.  Forty-four of them are children!

The production will run November 30, December 1, 6-8 and 12-15.  Curtain times are at 7:30pm except for Sundays which are 2pm matinees.  Tickets are $17 for adults and only $10 for children under 12.  For reservations, please call the Lofte box office at 402.234.2553. 


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