TMA Giving Back Newsletter

August 2015 

Target Obesity With Outreach Events

Texas Obesity Awareness Week, Sept. 13-19, is a great tie-in for a TMA outreach event: Hard Hats for Little Heads and/or Walk With a Doc Texas (WWAD). TMA is a cosponsor of the weeklong event, which was established in 2007 by the Texas Legislature to raise awareness of the health risks associated with obesity and to encourage Texans to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The statistics bear out the need for increased physical activity: Obesity among Texas adults — those who have a body mass index of 30 or higher — increased. Now 30.9 percent of Texas adults are obese, up from 29.2 percent a year ago, according to the United Health Foundation’s 2014 annual report. The unhealthiest areas of the state are far South Texas along the Mexico border and deep East Texas. And Texas’ kids are no better off: Almost one-third, or 32 percent, of Texas children (aged 10-17) are obese or overweight. 

TMA provides everything you need to host a WWAD or Hard Hats event to get your community moving. Contact Debra Heater to find out how you can join the WWAD movement and Tammy Wishard to find out how to bring a helmet giveaway to your community. 

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More Outreach

Along with cooler temperatures, fall offers more outreach opportunities. TMA has two statewide efforts planned during October you can host in your community: 

  • Hard Hats for Little Heads Month: Start planning a helmet giveaway for October — TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads month. Check out these ideas for events or come up with another idea for your giveaway such as a fall festival or National Night Out event. Be sure to order your helmets a month in advance to ensure delivery in time for your giveaway. 
  • Flu Vaccinations: Help increase flu vaccination rates across Texas by sponsoring a Be Wise — ImmunizeSM  flu shot clinic in your community. Influenza Awareness Day on Oct. 1 is a great kickoff for an event-filled month. The more people who are vaccinated around you, the more you protect your family and community, especially those who can’t be vaccinated (herd immunity).  

TMA will alert the news media to outreach events in your community during October. To have your event included, we’ll need event details by Sept. 15. 

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 Be a Be Wise Ambassador

Bring someone new to the Be Wise outreach meeting during the TMAA Regional Conference/TMA Fall Conference, and we’ll enter you both into a drawing for $50 in merchandise for your Be Wise event. We’ll also enter anyone who attends the meeting for the first time. The meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 24, from 3 pm to 4 pm in the Austin Colony room at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa.

TMA staff will answer your questions about planning a vaccination event or applying for a Local Impact Grant to fund your event. RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 10. If you have a specific question you’d like us to address, include that with your reply.

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For information about Hard Hats for Little Heads and Be Wise — ImmunizeSM, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA’s outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470. You also can help support Hard Hats, Be Wise — Immunize, or Walk With a Doc with a donation to the TMA Foundation, which provides funding for the programs.

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Upcoming TMA Outreach Events

Please let us know about your event, so we can promote it here on the TMA website. 

Hard Hats for Little Heads
Aug. 12   Houston, Good Neighbor Health Center
Aug. 15   Houston, CT Church and The University of Texas Medical School at Houston students
Aug. 15    Allen, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
Aug. 22   Fort Worth, Tarrant County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance
Aug. 22     Richardson, Charles Barker, MD
Aug. 22   Stephenville, Rep. J.D. Sheffield, DO
Aug. 29   Houston, TIRR Memorial Hermann*
Be Wise — Immunize
Aug. 3-15   Lubbock, Luis Arandia-Antelo, MD*
Aug. 10-15   Arlington, Tarrant CMS Alliance and Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County (ICTC)
Aug. 14   Andrews, Andrews County Health Department
Aug. 15 and 25   Channelview, Donald Niño, MD; Rotary Club of North Shore; U.S. Rep. Gene Green; and Harris County Health Department*
Aug. 17-28    Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance and ICTC
Aug. 18   Corpus Christi, Nueces CMS Alliance and South Texas Family Planning Clinic
Aug. 20     Fort Worth, Tarrant CMS Alliance and ICTC
 Combined Events (Hard Hats and Be Wise) 
Aug. 12   Hargill, Martin Garza, MD, and Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance*
Aug. 13   Edinburg, Martin Garza, MD, and Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance

*First-time sponsor

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads and Be Wise – ImmunizeSM are made possible through grants from TMA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of TMA, thanks to generous gifts from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, H-E-B, TMF Health Quality Institute, Permian Basin Youth Chavarim, two anonymous foundations, physicians and their families, and friends of medicine. 

Quality Institute, Permian Basin Youth Chavarim, two anonymous foundations, physicians and their families, and friends of medicine.

Be Wise – Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.

Walk With a Doc        
Date                                   Location             Sponsor                                                                                                             
Monthly (varies)   Austin   Julie Reardon, MD+
Fourth Saturday   Brenham   Eric Alford, MD, and Jennifer Jones, MD
Third Thursday   Cuero   Michael McLeod, MD, and Cuero Community Hospital
First Thursday   Dallas   Charles E. Bell, MD
Every Saturday (weekly)   Dallas   Sarah Helfand, MD+
Every Monday (weekly)   Edinburg   Belinda Jordan, MD+
Second Saturday   Georgetown   Susan Pike, MD+
Second Saturday   Hillsboro   Heather Derington, DO
Second Saturday   Houston   Afua Agyarko, MD
Second Saturday   Houston   Amanda parker, MD
Second Saturday   Katy   Cindy Anthis, MD
First Saturday   Lake Jackson   Alisa Berger, MD+
Second Saturday                   Lubbock    Piyush Mittal, MD+
Third Saturday   New Braunfels      Kari Fay, MD
Third Thursday   Paris   Amanda Green, MD+
Every Wednesday (weekly)
(starts Sept. 2)    
  Port Arthur   Tracie Updike, MD
Every Thursday (weekly)
(starts Sept. 3)      
  Tyler   Smith CMS and Li-Yu Mitchell, MD

+Starting second year of the program

TMA’s Walk With a Doc Texas program is made possible through a grant from TMA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of TMA, with generous support from the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust. 

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