TMA to Give Away 1,500 Bicycle Helmets to Children in March

For Immediate Release 
March 2, 2012


Contact: Pam Udall
phone: (512) 370-1382
cell: (512) 413-6807

Brent Annear
phone: (512) 370-1381
cell: (512) 656-7320

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  • WHAT: In an effort to protect children from head injuries and encourage fitness, the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Hard Hats for Little Heads program will give away nearly 1,500 bicycle helmets during Brain Injury Awareness Month in March.  
  • WHEN:  March 3-29, 2012
  • WHERE:  Across the state (see schedule below)  
  • WHO:  TMA physicians, medical students, TMA Alliance members (TMA physician volunteers and TMA members’ spouses), and county medical societies (CMSs)  

Texas physicians want to ensure Texas children are wearing bicycle helmets, and wearing them correctly, to avoid head injuries.

Head injury is the most common cause of death and serious disability from bike crashes. Bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent, yet only about 50 percent of cyclists wear a helmet when they ride. Even fewer wear them correctly.

Throughout March, which is designated as Brain Injury Awareness Month, Texas children will receive free bicycle helmets at giveaway events across the state sponsored by TMA physicians and other volunteers. In some communities, the Texas Academy of Family Physicians has joined with TMA in this effort to promote safety and exercise. Parents and children will learn about the importance of wearing a helmet, especially one that fits properly.

TMA physicians encourage the use of helmets for every wheeled sport, including biking, skateboarding, inline skating, and when riding a scooter — as well as using the correct type of helmet for each sport. Doctors encourage children to ride their bikes or participate in other sports as often as possible to stay fit and healthy.

Below is a schedule of TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads events across the state. Look for one in your community. Reporters: For more information about TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program please contact Pam Udall or Brent Annear in TMA Media Relations Department).  

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads Schedule: March, 2012 




Local Sponsor 



WATCH Your Wellness Health Fair

Fort Bend CMS Alliance         

Sugar Land Town Square Plaza, 2711 Town Center Blvd., Sugar Land; 11 am-2 pm



Williamson County Children's Health Festival

Williamson CMS Alliance, Williamson Co. and Cities Health District         

Heritage Center at the Dell Diamond, 3400 East Palm Valley, Round Rock; 10 am-2 pm


SiClovia Family Adventure

Bexar CMS Alliance, San Antonio Metro Health District, City of San Antonio

Maverick Park on Broadway, Downtown San Antonio; 10 am-3 pm


Sanderson Elementary Bicycle Rodeo

Adrian Billings, MD, PhD; Terrell Co. ISD; Sanderson Elementary       

Sanderson Elementary, 714 4th St., Sanderson;
1-3 pm


Walk-N-Rolla and Children's Bike Rodeo

Hidalgo-Starr CMS Alliance, Hidalgo Co. Metropolitan Planning Org.       

Edinburg Courthouse Parking Lot, 100 N. Closner Blvd.,
Edinburg; 9 am-2 pm


Pasadena ACE Health and Fitness Fair

Narayan Mulukutla, MD; Texas ACE; Harris Co. Hospital Dist.; Pasadena Pediatric &
Adolescent Health Center

Sam Rayburn High School, 2121 Cherrybrook Ln.,
Pasadena; 10 am-2 pm  



Clinic Open House

Family Practice Associates, P.A.       

Family Practice Associates, 220 Wesley Dr.,
Kerrville; 10 am- noon


SUNS Health Fair

El Paso CMS, Texas Tech Paul L. Foster School of Medicine       

Texas Tech Family Practice Center, 9849 Kenworthy, and University Medical Center, El Paso; 8 am- noon


Children's Easter Party

Laura Grubb, MD; Roseanne Popp, MD; San Jose Clinic       

San Jose Clinic, 2615 Fannin St., Houston 


Family Event

Baylor College of Medicine       

Children's Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St.,
Houston; 5 pm


TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads is made possible through a grant from the association’s philanthropic arm, the TMA Foundation, thanks to top donors — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Prudential, and an anonymous foundation — and gifts from physicians and their families. Since the program began, physicians and their families have given away more than 118,000 helmets to Texas children. TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 45,500 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 120 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.     

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