Olivia Keith
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Play It Safe


     Since both of my parents have a brain injury, I don't want other kids to experience what my parents do daily.  Because of this, I formed my organization, Play It Safe, to teach kids how to have fun while protecting their brains and bodies. 

     Eating the right foods, getting enough sleep, and exercising for at least 60 minutes per day are a start in having good brain health.  Wear protective equipment when you a bike (helmets), ride in the car (seatbelts), and playing by the rules in sports will help reduce the incidence and severity of brain injury.

    When you are outside, make sure that you can be seen.  If someone can't see you, they may accidentally hurt or run into you. 

     Below are some pictures from the various events, safety fairs, and presentions given by my organization, Play It Safe.  Not only is there an interactive display, kids can signs pledges to always wear a seatbelt or helmet when riding a bike.  Everyone also gets one of my "5 Ways to Play It Safe" tip cards as well.
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       Brain injuries can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone.  Every 18.5 seconds, someone in America suffers a brain injury. Across the U.S., 1.7 million people are injured each year.  About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild TBI (source CDC.gov).  In fact, injury is the leading cause of death among children and teens. The most frequent causes of these injuries are motor vehicle crashes, violence, falls, sports and recreation. The good news is that most injuries are preventable!

     A brain injury changes the way we think, talk, move and feel.  Since my mom has sustained two TBIs, I've seen first hand how
this injury affects not only the person's life, but also the family's life. I don't wish to see my friends or other people experience what she does.  
 
     I would love to have Play It Safe be part of your next event!  Please feel free to contact me at Olivia@OliviaKeith.com with more information about your event. 

 Click on the media player below to hear my national debut radio on Brain Injury radio on September 14, 2013!  Thanks, Matt Duffin, for being a great host!

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