TMA to Give Thousands of Bike Helmets to Kids in April

March 28, 2013   

 

  • WHAT: To protect children from head injuries and encourage fitness, Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Hard Hats for Little Heads program will give away more than 2,700 bicycle helmets in April during Child Safety Month.  
  • WHEN: April 1-27, 2013 
  • WHERE: Communities statewide, including yours (see schedule below) 
  • WHO: TMA physicians, medical students, TMA Alliance members (volunteers who are TMA physicians and TMA members’ spouses), and county medical societies

Texas physicians want to ensure Texas children are doing all they can to stay safe. Wearing a bicycle helmet, and wearing it correctly, is a simple way to prevent injury. Head injury is the most common cause of death and serious disability from bike crashes.  

Throughout April, which is designated Child Safety Month in Texas, TMA physicians and other volunteers will give Texas children free bicycle helmets at giveaway events across the state. Parents and children will learn about the importance of wearing a helmet, especially one that fits properly.  

TMA physicians encourage children to wear the correct helmet for every wheeled sport, including biking, skateboarding, inline skating, and when riding a scooter. Children also are encouraged to ride their bikes 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 Reporters: Local contacts are listed below for your convenience if you choose to cover an event, not to be published. For more information about TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program, contact the TMA Media Relations Department (contact info below).   

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads Schedule: April 2013 

Date 

Event 

Local Helmet Giveaway Sponsor 

Location and Time 

4/1-30 

Texas Child Safety Month (given away daily at the health department)  

Brownwood/Brown County Health Department 

Brownwood/ Brown County Health Department, 510 E. Lee St., Brownwood; All month          8-11:30 am and 1-4:30 pm   

4/5 

Hard Hats for Little Heads giveaway 

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston-Pediatric Student Association 

Lockhart Elementary School, 3200 Rosedale St., Houston;  

1:15 pm 

4/6 

Boys & Girls Club of Harlingen-Helmet Safety Event 

Cameron-Willacy County Medical Society (CMS) 

Boys & Girls Club of Harlingen, 1209 W. Washington Ave., Harlingen; 9 am 

4/6 

Bicycle Road-e-o 

Brian J. Goerig, MD;  

El Campo Police Department 

El Campo Civic Center, 2350 N. Mechanic St., El Campo; 8 am 

4/6 

Earth Party 

Tarrant CMS Alliance 

 Sundance Square, 4th and Houston parking lot, Fort Worth; 11 am-2 pm 

4/6 

Bicycle Rodeo 

Jack Franklin, MD;  

Llano EMS 

 Llano High School, 2509 S. State Highway 16, Llano;  

 10 am-Noon   

4/6 

Fit Cherokee County 

Cherokee CMS 

Jacksonville Athletic Complex, Jacksonville; 9 am-Noon 

4/6 

Health Fair 

Khalida Yasmin, MD 

Islamic Association of North Texas, 840 Abrams Rd., Richardson; 9:30 am-1:30 pm 

4/7 

Síclovía 

Bexar CMS Alliance; The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio students 

HEB Bike Team Tent, 4821 Broadway St., San Antonio; 10 am-3 pm  

4/10 

Park Glen Elementary WOW (Walk or Wheels) Program 

Tarrant CMS Alliance 

Park Glen Elementary, 5100 Glen Canyon Rd., Fort Worth; 7:15-8 am 

4/13 

Health Fair 

E. Steve Robinson, MD; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center  students 

South Plains Mall, 6002 Slide Rd., Lubbock; 10 am-3 pm 

4/13 

City of Wichita Falls Bike Rodeo 

David Greer, MD; Wichita County Medical Alliance 

City of Wichita Falls Health Department, 1700 3rd St., Wichita Falls; 9 am 

4/13 

Health Fair 

Brian Carreon, MD; 

Shallowater ISD 

Shallowater Elementary, 1100 Ave. K, Shallowater;  

 9 am-Noon 

4/13 

Jubilee Community Center Health Fair 

Eve Guth, MD; 

Spokes for Folks 

Jubilee Community Center, 907 Bank St., Dallas; Noon-3 pm 

4/13 

Edfest 

University of Texas Medical Branch-Preventive Medicine and Community Health  

McGuire Dent Recreation Center, 27th and Seawall, Galveston; 11 am-3 pm 

4/13 

6th Annual Family Fun Ride and Bike Rodeo 

Anna Lincoln, MD; City of Kyle Parks and Recreation Department 

Gregg-Clarke Park, 1100 W. Center St., Kyle; 8:30 am 

4/20 

United to Serve 

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School students  

TJ Rusk Middle School, 2929 Inwood Rd., Dallas; 9 am-2 pm  

4/20 

Bike Rodeo 

Maria Alejandro Vallejo Nieto, MD;  Sherman Police Department 

Pecan Grove West Park, 

3200 Canyon Creek Dr., 

Sherman; 10 am 

4/20 

Boishakhi Mela: 

Spring Bengali New Year Celebration 

Shahan Chowdhury, MD 

Oak Point Amphitheater, 2801 East Spring Creek Pkwy., Garland; 4-11 pm 

4/27 

African-American Health Expo 

Tarrant CMS Alliance 

Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, 5201 CA Roberson Blvd., Fort Worth; 10 am-2 pm 

4/27 

Healthy Kids Day 

Greenspoint District 

Thomas Wussow Park, 500 Greens Rd., Houston; 10 am-2 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 two anonymous foundations — and gifts from physicians and their families. Since the program began, physicians and their families have given away more than 140,000 helmets to Texas children.   

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 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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phone: (512) 370-1382
cell: (512) 413-6807
 

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

 

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