Is your playground safe?

Choosing a safe playground for your family

Playgrounds and summer go hand in hand.  They’re a great opportunity for your children to get fresh air, be active, play with friends and have a lot of fun.

Not all playgrounds are created equal, however.  Each year in the United States, more than 156,000 children under age 14 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries occurring on public playgrounds, according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC).

Careful oversight from an adult is essential, but the type of equipment offered at the playground and how well it is maintained play a big role in keeping kids safe.  Our injury prevention team offers expert tips to help you choose a safe playground in this video:

What are your favorite local playgrounds?  Share your recommendations with other parents in the “Leave a reply” section at the bottom of this post!

mott blog - clv 2015 - camp thumbCamp Little Victors is the virtual summer camp program from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.  Each week, for six weeks, participants receive an email full of ideas and activities to help keep families busy, happy and healthy all summer long.  Learn more and sign up.



best children's hospitalUniversity of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is consistently ranked one of the best hospitals in the country. It was nationally ranked in all ten pediatric specialties in U.S. News Media Group’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” and among the 10 best children’s hospitals in the nation by Parents Magazine. In December 2011, the hospital opened our new 12-story, state-of-the-art facility offering cutting-edge specialty services for newborns, children and women.

An interview with Big Bang Boom

Mott is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Kids Rock concert series at Ann Arbor Summer Festival.  The finale concert is July 8, and Mott will be there in full force with a Camp Little Victors activity tent.  We are pretty excited, not only to be out with all of you having fun but because the band sounds like a ton of fun!  To give you an idea of what’s in store, we spent a few minutes on the phone with Chuck Folds from Big Bang Boom. Read on to find out what first graders and fraternity brothers have in common, who Chuck’s favorite Michigan athlete is, and what’s in store for us on July 8!

Mott: Who is Big Bang Boom?

Chuck:  Well, I’m Chuck Folds.  The guitar player is Steve Willard, and the drummer is Eddie Walker.  We’re just three long time professional musicians who’ve been playing since, like, the 80’s.  We started playing children’s music when we had kids.  We wanted to do something different for my son’s 7th birthday party – and that’s where it all got started.

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