Give Em’ Health: Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury

TriCounty Health District is among the highest in the state of Utah for Traumatic Brain Injury and health officials are urging residents to take precautions. TriCounty Director Jordan Mathis explains that TBI is trauma to the head that disrupts brain function from short term to the long term. It is considered a leading cause of death and disability in the United States and Utah. The best prevention includes wearing a seatbelt in the car and wearing a helmet during outdoor activities from biking, skiing, and anytime you could potentially hit your head while recreating. The number one cause of brain injury is falls, especially among young children and the elderly. Protect the stairs so kids won’t fall, shares Mathis, and keep needed items accessible to kids to prevent climbing. Regular exercise is important for the elderly to improve their balance which will ultimately reduce and prevent falls. TriCounty Health is inviting all Basin residents to do their part and protect themselves from Traumatic Brain Injury. 

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.