ThinkFirst advises students: ‘Wear helmets!’
By Colleen Keane
Special to the Times
March was Brain Injury Awareness Month. To recognize the month, ThinkFirst, an injury prevention program, on March 25 brought an awareness campaign to To’Hajiilee Community School students about staying safe at home, on roads, horses and bicycles.
According to a four-year report by the Navajo Epidemiology Center, unintentional injuries are one of the leading causes of death on the Navajo Nation.
The major forms of injuries are from car crashes, pedestrian accidents and drowning. As part of the presentation in the school’s gym, Cecelia Fred, Diné, one of several ThinkFirst VIPs (voice for injury prevention), shared with the students how she was injured. “I wish I could get up and walk over to where you are and sit down, but I can’t do that,” she said, adding that she’s been wheelchair bound since she was a young girl about their age.