Volume 14 Issue 4        .                                                                                              Spring 2020

Safety Source

Thank you for being a Safety Source family!

We know this is a stressful time for many families right now. We want to provide you with some tools to teach children how to reduce stress and how to remain healthy. In this issue there are activities for kids, an interactive quiz, a video, and information for parents. We hope this will be a fun way release stress together as a family. Let us know if we can be a resource to you in anyway!

Newsletter Highlights


Video for Kids

Interactive video for Kids to learn about the heart muscle and how important it is. 

Activities for Kids about Staying Healthy

Lots of activities to learn about why it is important to stay healthy and ideas on how to do that as a family 

Interactive Quiz about Exercise

Test your child's knowledge about fun fitness topics through an interactive online quiz. 

Ideas about Fun Ways to Stay Active

The American Council of Exercise provides great ideas on how to stay active while having fun! 

Recycling and Car seats

Earth Day is a great way to think about how you can have a positive impact on our environment. Recycling is a great way to recuse and reduce various materials such as plastic. When thinking about car seats, it is important to know how to best recycle an old car seat. While thrifting or secondhand clothing, may be a great way to reuse clothing materials, we do not recommend using a second-hand or used car seats. With used car seats, you cannot guarantee the car seat still has all the necessary safety features that were included on the original model. You also don’t know if the car seat has been in a wreck in the past, so it is best to stick with buying a new car seat.

If your car seat has expired, been in a wreck, or your child has outgrown the current seat, it is important to dispose of the car seat correctly. The best alternative is to recycle as much of the seat as you can yourself. Before you disassemble the car seat, ask your local department of public works whether the plastic from the seat is accepted in the local recycling program—some seats have metal molded in, which would prevent them from being recycled.

If you're ready to retire a seat, use the tips below. They're especially important, because data shows that you'll go through three car seats for each of your kids over the years.

  1. Use scissors to cut off the fabric, foam padding, and harness straps from the seat.
  2. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove as much metal as possible. Some cannot be removed easily.
  3. Remove the car seat cover and any padding underneath it.
  4. Discard the fabric, foam padding, straps, and mixed metal/plastic pieces and small
    plastic pieces.
  5. Mark the plastic as expired or unsafe.
  6. Recycle the bulky plastic body and all metal pieces.

We can all play an important role in reducing waste in our environment. By recycling your car seat properly, you can help your community as well as your child. Again, recycling is important but do not use a used car seat at the expense of your child’s safety. Take a step towards creating a positive environment by checking the expiration date of your car seat and ensuring your child has not out grown their current car seat. We can each help make the world a better place one step at a time.

Learn More About Used Car Seats
Different Types of Driver's License for Teens

Parents, there are so many things to consider when you are preparing your teenage to start driving. The State of Tennessee created the Graduated Driver License (GDL) law to ease young drivers under the age of 18 into their full driving privileges. The TN Graduated Driver Licensing Program went into effect on July 1st, 2001. By increasing driving levels over time, this can give your new driver an opportunity to become more confident drivers. The GDL also supports family rules and expectations. There are three different levels that makes up the Graduated Driver License law: Learner Permit, Intermediate Restricted License, and the Intermediate Unrestricted License. Each phase of the GDL law has certain requirements that your teenage will have to fulfill before they are able to advance to the next level.

  • Tennessee Learner Permit:
    • Individual will have to be 15 years old,
    • Pass a vision screening and pass the Class D knowledge exam.
    • If teen is under 18 years old, they will also have to show proof of school attendance and provide a signed parent teen affidavit.
  • Tennessee Intermediate Restricted Driver License:
    • Must be 16 years old
    • The teen must have had the previous level’s Learner permit for at least 180 days.
    • He or she must have also completed the 50-hour certification form that states they have completed at least 50 hours of driving training which 10 hours must have been at night and pass a road skills test.
  • Restrictions:
    • The driver may only have 1 passenger in the vehicle with you.
    • The driver cannot drive between 11:00 pm -6:00 am
  • To receive a Tennessee Intermediate Unrestricted Driver License:
    • Must be 17 years old
    • The teen must have had the previous level’s Intermediate Restricted License for one year.
    • You cannot have 2 seat belt violations or have accumulated more than six points on your license.
  • Other possible licenses include a Hardship Driver License:
    • A hardship license may be given to a 14 year old who experiences a family hardship.
    • For information about a Hardship License visit the Department of Driver Services here.

Below are a few tips on how can you make the most impact on your teen drive:

  • Accountability- Hold your teen accountable in regard to the required 50 hour driving experience requirement.
  • Transparency- Your teen may be nervous about driving on the highway or parking in a parking spot. Share some of the fears or nervousness that you experienced when you were 16 years old.
  • Be Open- Allow your teen to contribute to the conversation regarding family rules and expectations.
  • Set Clear Expectations- When talking with your teen remember to set clear guidelines regarding what is expected of them.
  • NO PHONE ZONE: Remind teens about putting their phones away!

To find out more about our Teen Driver Safety Program and to access our Teen Driving agreement provided by The Allstate Foundation visit here.

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Fitness Tips for Teens

COVID-19 has forced all of us to deal with canceled spring breaks, graduations, and possibly the cancelation of the rest of the school year. After dealing with the unexpected stress from having to cancel all of your plans, you may now be faced with having to deal with being at home and living a much less active lifestyle than normal. Where most students would be picking out their prom dresses, new cars, or possibly even preparing for their high school graduation are now binge-watching Netflix as the most active part of the day.

Major social media platforms such as, Instagram and Tik Tok have stated the usage among their users have increased by at least thirty percent from February to March 2020. While Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter have become common in our daily lives, this increased usage will eventually lead to longer days as this season of quarantine continues. Here are some helpful ideas on ways to stay physically active during these challenging times.

  • Tik Tok Dance Challenges- Families and teens performing Tik Tok dance challenges has become a popular activity since schools have been closed. Practicing and coordinating multiple versions of a choregraphed dance can be a great form of cardio.
  • Free online workouts- Many companies such as Nike, Planet Fitness, and the YMCA use YouTube to offer both teens and adults free online workouts. This offers teens an opportunity to possibly workout with their favorite celebrity fitness trainer. Check out a few here.
  • Free fitness classes taught virtually- Several dance and fitness instructors have resorted to teaching their classes online for free using Facebook and Instagram live.
  • Workout with friends and family – Consider using a video conferencing application such as Whats App, Zoom, or House Party to host a family and friends workout session!
  • Invite your friends to a weekly fitness challenge- Have each participant post either their daily runs or walks on their social media pages. Apps like the Nike Run Club can be a great tool for this.

Sometimes physical activity can seem boring or like a job. Try alternating the ideas listed above to create a variety in your exercise routines. Do your best and remember consistent small steps can lead to making a huge impact in your life!

Fun Fitness Videos for Kids and Families

Videos to get your family up and moving together while having fun! 

Family Friendly Yoga

Great way to release some stress as a family 

Relaxing Video

Help your family relax while moving together 

Cardio for the Family

Video to help you and your family get some energy out


Frozen Banana Snacks

Learn how to make a healthy snack while providing children with the opportunity help in the kitchen

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Learn How to Make Healthy Bears

Great way to be creative while making a healthy snack 

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Meet the Injury Prevention Team


Purnima Unni

is the Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program Manager for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. She has a Masters in Public Health and is a Certified Health Education specialist with over 20 years of experience in injury prevention. She is a wife and mother of two girls and her rescue puppy. She loves to cook, travel and watch murder mysteries.

Eppiphanie Richardson

is an Atlanta native who decided to take on Nashville as her newest adventure. She is also the Associate Program Manager for the Be in the Zone-Turn Off Your Phone Campaign which educates teens and parents on the dangers of distracted driving. She has a passion for healthcare and serving others. She feels privileged to be able to serve Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Nashville, dancing, running, and spending time with her husband and son.

Mimi Sanders

is a Nashville native and received her Masters from Vanderbilt University. She is the Associate Program Manager for the Kohls Seat Smart Program, which focuses on educating caregivers, children, and community partners on the importance of car seat safety. She is so excited to join the team at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with her local church’s special needs ministry, hanging out with family and friends, and doing yoga.

Savannah Larkin

is from Atlanta and currently a junior at Vanderbilt University, double majoring in Human & Organizational Development; Medicine, Health, & Society. She is an intern focusing her research on Pediatric Drowning Prevention Best Practices and continuing work on current programs. In Savannah’s spare time, you can find her cooking, doing puzzles, playing Candy Crush, swimming, playing tennis, attending Vanderbilt sporting events, and watching football. Anchor Down & Titan Up!

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