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For Immediate Release,
6/4/2013
Contact:
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307
kathy.lane@nsc.org
 

Make healthy decisions
National Safety Council promotes employee wellness this National Safety Month

Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council on June 9 will launch its Employee Wellness week as part of National Safety Month, an annual observance to educate and encourage safe behaviors around top causes of preventable injuries and deaths. This week motivates the public to make educated decisions in regards to their health and wellness.

Everyday choices greatly impact one’s health. Whether it’s riding a bike to work or opting for a light salad at lunch, the key to a better lifestyle starts with each individual.
 
One growing public health issue that has reached epidemic levels is prescription drug abuse. In fact, 45 people die every day from overdoses of prescription painkillers.
 
Use these tips to safety use and protect your medications:
  • Never share your medications with anyone
  • Store medications in their original containers and keep them up, away and out of sight—particularly from children
  • Properly dispose of unwanted medications to prevent theft or misuse by others
  • If your doctor prescribes you painkillers, be sure to read warning labels carefully and take only as directed
The Council is calling on organizations, communities and the public to help share this information and encourage safe behaviors. Posters, tip sheets and crossword puzzles are available for free download at nsc.org/nsm. Additional materials are available for NSC members to promote employee wellness.
 
NSC thanks National Safety Month sponsors Grainger and Toyota for their commitment to safety.
 
About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.
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