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1000 SW Jackson Suite 230
Topeka, KS 66612-1274
(785) 296-1223
(785) 296-8649 (FAX)

Jan Stegelman

Executive Committee:
Randall Bolin

Dennis Cooley, MD
Medical Advisor
American Academy of
Pediatrics, Kansas

John Drees
Douglas County
SAFE KIDS Coalition

John Halbran
Kansas Safety Belt
Education Office

Jim Keating
Kansas State
Firefighters Association

Elena Nuss
Kansas State
Fire Marshal's Office

Cindy Samuelson
Kansas Hospital Association

For Immediate Release:
May 1, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Kansas Kids' Fitness Day

Kansas Kids Fitness & Safety Day 2007

Kansas Kids Kick off the Summer
Special Day Promotes Activity, Safety, and Nutrition


Kansas Council on Fitness
Safe Kids Kansas ( contact: Jan Stegelman at 785-296-1223 or Cherie Sage 785-296-0351)
Kansas Department of Health and Environment ( contact: Jennifer Church 785-296-8060)


KANSAS KIDS FITNESS AND SAFETY DAY 2007 : Seven hundred third graders from 16 Kansas schools will be running, jumping, and otherwise moving across the grounds of Cedar Crest in Topeka. Statewide, over 17,000 third graders, their teachers, and parents will be participating at 39 host sites in events to promote physical activity and to celebrate National Safe Kids Week 2007 – “Make It A Safe Kids Summer”.

NATIONAL SAFETY STAR 2007: Lauren Michalson from Overland Park Kansas will be present to share a personal safety message with all Kansans. Lauren’s brother, Tommy, was killed last summer in a skateboarding accident.


Cedar Crest Event: Friday, May 4


Roderick Bremby, Secretary, Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Lynette Woodard, first woman Harlem Globe Trotter
Lauren Michalson, National Safety Star for 2007

10:15 a.m. Warm-up with Washburn University Basketball Players
10:30-Noon Fitness & Safety Day Activities


McLennan Park at Cedar Crest, 6 th and Fairlawn, Topeka


Accidental injuries are still the leading cause of death for Kansas kids. Emergency personnel know summer as “trauma season” since preventable injury deaths and serious injuries to children increase dramatically. Through public awareness activities like National Safe Kids Week, Safe Kids Kansas seeks to educate parents and caregivers about potential risks to children and adults’ role in preventing injuries.

According to the 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey results conducted in Kansas, 13.3% of Kansas high school students are at risk of becoming overweight and 11.9% are overweight. The same survey showed that only 41.3% of high school students participated in the recommended amount of 60 minutes physical activity per day on five or more days per week.

Note to the Media:

Attached is a list of the host sites around the state and a list of schools participating in the Cedar Crest Event. On April 30, Safe Kids Worldwide released the results from a U.S. study ranking each state according to its summer death rate from accidental child injury. A copy of the report, including details about the Kansas ranking will be available at the May 4 Cedar Crest event. A backgrounder on Lauren Michalson is also attached.