Silverdale Health & Injury Center Helps Save Children's Lives Through Bike Helmet Fittings

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Dr. Richie Dinubilo, a Doctor of Chiropractics at the Silverdale Health & Injury Center recently volunteered at the YMCA Healthy Kids Day to help fit children for bike helmets, helping them to avoid potentially fatal situations.

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We do a lot of volunteer events every year and it’s not only a great way to get our name and what we do out to the public, but also to feel more connected to our community.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that bicyclists face a higher risk of crash-related injury and deaths than occupants of motor vehicles. In 2010, nearly 800 bicyclists in the U.S. were killed. That same year, there were about 515,000 emergency department visits as the result of bicycle-related injuries. Data from 2005 indicates that fatal and non-fatal crash-related injuries as the result of bicycle accidents resulted in lifetime medical costs and productivity losses of about $5 billion. Worst of all, adolescents ages 15- to 24-years-old have the highest bicycle death rates.

Dr. Richie Dinubilo, a Doctor of Chiropractics at the Silverdale Health & Injury Center wanted to do something about this, and so on April 25, he volunteered at the YMCA Healthy Kids Day to fit children ages 18 months to nine-years-old for bike helmets.

"I just wanted to feel more like I was doing my part this year, as opposed to just checking people in at the door," said Dr. Dinubilo.

This was Dr. Dinubilo's and the chiropractic clinic's second year participating in the Silverdale YMCA's Healthy Kids Day. The first year he participated, Dr. Dinubilo worked the registration booth, but this year, he wanted a more hands on and active role helping out the children.

"I like to give back as much as I can to the community, and the YMCA gives back in a way that not many people know about," said Dr. Dinubilo. "It's a really cool organization and what they do to help the community aligns perfectly with our clinic’s views and goals."

Of the some 550 children who turned out for the event, the first 100 were eligible for a free helmet, which had been donated from community members.

According to Dr. Dinubilo, not many people know how to properly fit a helmet, a scary fact considering just how many head injuries they can prevent.

"At the clinic, we try to get out there as much as we can," said Dr. Dinubilo. "We do a lot of volunteer events every year and it’s not only a great way to get our name and what we do out to the public, but also to feel more connected to our community."

About Silverdale Health & Injury Center

The Silverdale Health & Injury Center provides natural solutions to individuals suffering from chronic pain, migraines, insomnia, digestive problems and more. To learn more about how the team can help connect patients with supportive chiropractic care, visit kitsapwellness.com

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