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Why injury? It's this simple: more children die from injuries every year than from the next three leading causes of death combined. Nobody knows this because no one is talking about it. In the U.S., one child dies every hour from an injury that could have been prevented. Around the world, a child dies every 30 seconds as the result of an injury. You don’t need to have a child to know that we can do better.

 

Operation End Injury

End Injury

Photo credit: Roberto Taddeo

Photo credit: Roberto Taddeo

Can you change your world in an hour? A week? A year?

The End Injury community thinks so. That belief defines us. Every single person can make a child’s life safer. You can do it in the time it takes to change your smoke alarm batteries. Or you can do it in the time it takes to assemble a team and petition your city council for a bicycle helmet law.  

So what are you doing this hour, this week, this year? Want to change your world?

For 2015, we’re launching something new: Operation End Injury. It’s a series of actions you can take to make life safer for children. Actions that will help keep them out of the hospital. Actions that, if you complete them, will take away some of your own fear about raising a child.

The End Injury community has always been about taking action. With Operation End Injury, we want to make those actions a habit. Maybe you try to read with your child every day. Maybe you try to buy healthy food at the store once a week. Maybe every year, you take the time to plan a trip so your child can see a new place.

Ending injury should be that kind of habit. With Operation End Injury, it can be.

We’ll propose an action every week. Do the ones you can or the ones that apply to you. Some will be as short and simple as changing batteries at home. Some will be as involved as organizing your community for a project. Some can be both -- like changing your own batteries and helping people on your street change theirs, too.

Make ending injury a habit for a year with Operation End Injury. Can’t commit to a year? Then try every week for a month. Or just one week. Make ending injury a habit for a week. Then maybe next week too.

Many of the actions will be ones we all know we could do or should do. We just haven’t made the time. Well, the time is now. Let Operation End Injury be the excuse you need to start.

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