Put Prevention Into Practice: Give Away Helmets in Your Office

Help your young patients get moving and stay safe by giving away free bicycle helmets in your office. TMA's Hard Hats for Little Heads program makes it easy by providing:

  • Free helmets. If you buy 25 or 50 helmets, TMA will match your purchase with 25 or 50 free ones.
  • Free educational materials. Bookmarks and a safety brochure in English and Spanish show proper helmet fit.
  • A free video shows how to wear a bicycle helmet correctly.

 Here are three ideas to get you started:

  • Screen children at well checks to see if they rollerblade or ride bikes, scooters, or skateboards. If so, encourage them to keep up the physical activity and ask if they wear/have a helmet. Send a properly fitted helmet home with kids who don't have one or who could use a new one.
  • Enter every child's name who comes in for a visit into a fish bowl. Draw 10 names (or the number you select) to receive a new helmet on a particular day, week, or at the end of the month. You could do this year-round or during the next three months: March, Brain Injury Awareness Month; April, Texas Child Safety Month; and May, Bike Month.
  • Introduce the community to your practice by hosting a helmet giveaway event from your office.

 Help TMA give the gift of health and safety. Contact Tammy Wishard, TMA's outreach coordinator, by telephone at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1470, or (512) 370-1470, or by email.

 Hard Hats for Little Heads is made possible through a grant from the TMA Foundation thanks to top donors - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Prudential, and two anonymous foundations - and generous gifts from physicians and their families and friends of medicine.


Action, Feb. 18, 2014


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