Injury Prevention

Mission

The Injury Prevention Program is designed to reduce injuries in the home and throughout the community. Education is provided through community health education programs, as well as other awareness activities. Along with education, the Bureau of Health advocates for injury prevention-related policies and environmental changes.

Hundreds of York City residents sustain serious harm each year as a result of unintentional injuries that occur in the home, at the workplace, in schools, at playgrounds, and on the streets. Many of these injuries and deaths are preventable.

Injury Prevention Programs

A Matter of Balance Program
This program is an evidence-based fall prevention program, that addresses the fear of falling, while incorporating physical activity into the participant’s daily lifestyle. People ages 55 and older should consider taking the Matter of Balance class. If you are 1) concerned about falls, 2) interested in improving balance, strength, flexibility, and coordination, 3) have fell in the past, 4) have restricted your activities because of falling, and/or 5) just want to have fun, then this may be the program for you! The program runs for 8 weeks, 1 session per week. Classes are 2 hours in length and healthy snacks are provided during each session. There is a minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 12 participants in each class. At the end of the 8-week program, participants will earn a certificate for completing the program, prizes, and a voucher to receive one piece of injury prevention equipment for the home (limited supplies).

Bike and Pedestrian Safety Program
30 minute presentations for children ages 3-12 years. Children receive bags with Bike or Pedestrian Safety workbooks, crayons, and flashlights. Bike helmets can be purchased in advance of presentations.

***Programs are offered free of charge. If you would like more information on any of our Injury Prevention programs, please contact Colleen Dalton at 717-881-6056 or cdalton@yorkcity.org.

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