Injury prevention is a crucial topic that everyone should be aware of. According to a report in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Report, the cost of injury in the United States was $4.2 trillion in 2019. BAPS Charities organized a health awareness lecture in Washington, DC on April 30, 2023, to provide information on common injuries and safety measures necessary to prevent injuries and illnesses during daily activities while at home, outside, or at work. The lecture presented by Milan Patel emphasized that though one may not be able to prevent every injury, being well-informed can help plan and take preventive measures to minimize the risk.
The lecture covered a wide range of injury prevention tips, including motor vehicle crashes, falls, drowning, brain injury, heat-related illnesses, back pain, and muscle/joint injuries. It stressed the importance of using protective equipment, warming up before physical activity, staying hydrated, and maintaining a healthy diet. Additionally, the lecture highlighted recognizing injuries, intervening early, and knowing first aid. By following these tips, one can stay safe and reduce the risk of injuries and illnesses.