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Is Your Local Playground Safe Enough For Children?

From the show: Healthy Children
Dr. Gary Smith, MD
Guest Bio
Guest Bio: Dr. Gary Smith, MD
Dr. Gary Smith resizedDr. Gary Smith is Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at the Ohio State University, holds the Dimon R. McFerson Endowed Chair in Injury Research, and is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine, and general preventive medicine and public health. He is founder and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and is president of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance. Dr. Smith has been an active researcher and advocate in the field of injury prevention for more than 30 years, and has more than 130 injury-related peer-reviewed publications focusing on prevention of injuries to children and adolescents.


The importance of play for the healthy development of children is clear.

Safe and accessible playgrounds give children the opportunity to challenge themselves and develop physically, mentally, and socially. 

However, not all playgrounds are created equally. Our communities need to take action to develope safe and usable playgrounds for our children's health and well being.

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