TMA to Give Bicycle Helmets in March

 March 7, 2014 

  • WHAT: The Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Hard Hats for Little Heads program will give away more than 1,500 bicycle helmets in March — which is designated as Brain Injury Awareness Month — to protect children from head injuries and encourage fitness. This year marks the 20th birthday of Hard Hats for Little Heads. In that time, TMA’s Family of Medicine has given more than 170,000 helmets to Texas children. 
  • WHEN: March 8-30, 2014
  • 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 urge Texas children to be active but want them 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 March, 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. Doctors encourage children 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. 

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads Schedule: March 2014

Date

Event

Local Helmet Giveaway Sponsor

Location and Time

3/8 

International Women's Day for Mothers and Daughters 

Health Center of Southeast Texas 

539 Main St., Liberty;  

10 am-1 pm 

3/8 

4th Annual SUNS Health Fair 

Texas Tech University Health Science Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine TMA Student Chapter 

TTUHSC Kenworthy Clinic, Northeast 9849 Kenworthy St., El Paso; 9 am-Noon 

3/18 

North Division Bike Safety Rodeo (school event only, not open to the public) 

Tarrant CMS Alliance 

Trinity Springs Middle School, 3550 Keller Hicks Rd., Fort Worth, 5-8 pm 

3/19 

North Division Bike Safety Rodeo (school event only, not open to the public) 

Tarrant CMS Alliance 

Prairie Vista Middle School, 8000 Comanche Springs Dr., Fort Worth, 4-7 pm 

3/20 

North Division Bike Safety Rodeo (school event only, not open to the public) 

Tarrant CMS Alliance 

Truett Wilson Middle School, 14250 Sendera Ranch Blvd., Haslet, 5:30-7:30 pm 

3/22 

12th Annual Children’s Health Festival  

Williamson CMS Alliance and St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center 

Dell Diamond United Heritage Center, 3400 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock; 10 am-2 pm   

3/22 

City of Fort Worth Earth Party 2014 

Tarrant CMS Alliance 

Sundance Square Plaza, 201 Main St. #700, Fort Worth,  

11 am-2 pm 

3/22 

Castleberry Cares Health and Community Resource Fair 

Tarrant CMS Alliance 

AV Cato Elementary, 4501 Barbara Rd, Fort Worth, 9 am-2 pm (or until helmets run out) 

3/25 

Brain Minders Puppet Show (school event only, not open to the public) 

Alpine Pilot Club 

Alpine Elementary School, 200 W. Avenue A, Alpine; 1:15 pm   

3/27 

Bike Helmet Giveaway 

Alice Pediatrics and Erik Nisimblat, MD 

St. Elizabeth's School, 603 E. Fifth St., Alice; All day during PE classes 

3/30 

Síclovía 

Bexar CMS Alliance, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio medical students, City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability, Melissa Benavides, MD 

South St. Mary’s Street and East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue, San Antonio,  

11 am-4 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, and friends of medicine.

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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cell: (512) 656-7320
  

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