TMA to Give Away More Than 2,000 Bicycle Helmets in April

For Immediate Release 
April 1, 2011


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 more than 2,000 bicycle helmets in April, which is Child Safety Month.  
  • WHEN:  April 1-30, 2011 
  • 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. 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 less wear them correctly. 

Throughout April, which is designated as Child Safety Month in Texas, Texas children will receive free bicycle helmets at giveaway events across the state sponsored by TMA physicians and other volunteers. 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. 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: For more information about TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program please contact the TMA Media Relations Department (contact info above). 

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads Schedule: April, 2011 




Local Sponsor 



Health fair 

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine students 

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



Conroe Kidz Fest 

Lone Star Family Health Center 

Heritage Park, Downtown Conroe (Simonton St.), 10 am-6 pm  


Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Grand Opening 

Emergency Medical Services for Children-Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital 

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, 18200 Katy Frwy., Houston, 2 pm  


Wichita Falls Health Fair and Bike Rodeo 

Wichita County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance, Wichita Falls Traffic Safety Commission, and AMR American Medical Response 

Wichita Falls City-County Health Unit, 1700 3rd St., Wichita Falls, 9 am-1 pm  


B!g Day Downtown 

Taylor-Jones-Haskell-Callahan CMS Alliance 

Elks Arts Center (N. First and Cypress), Abilene, 10am-2pm  


Greenbriar Great Outdoors 

University of North Texas Health Science Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC-TCOM) students 

Greenbriar Community Center, 5200 Hemphill St, Fort Worth, 9 am to 3 pm  




Bike helmet giveaway for first-graders at a local school 

General & Laparoendoscopic Surgeons of Central Texas and LaGrange Breakfast Lion’s Club 

Sacred Heart School, 545 E. Pearl St., LaGrange, 12:30-2:30 pm  


Bike helmet giveaway for first-graders at a local school 

General & Laparoendoscopic Surgeons of Central Texas and LaGrange Breakfast Lion’s Club 

Hermes Elementary, 631 E. Milam St., LaGrange, 12:30-2:30 pm  



Health fair 

Natalia Gutierrez, MD, and Clinicas Mi Doctor 

Barron Elementary, 3300 P Ave., Plano,
9:15 am 



Irving Immunization Roundup  

The University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical School 

Brown Elementary, 2501 10th St., Irving,
10 am-2 pm


Marine Creek Health and Safety Fair 

UNTHSC-TCOM students 

Marine Creek Lake Park (off of Marine Creek Pkwy. in Tarrant County) Ft. Worth, 10 am-1 pm  


Bike rodeo (for invited day care families only) 

The University of Texas Medical Branch Departments of Preventive Medicine and Community Health and Trauma Services 

St. Vincent’s House, 2817 Post Office St., Galveston, 10 am   


Wild Flower Trails of Texas helmet giveaway 

Good Shepherd Medical Center (GSMC)-Linden 

GSMC- Linden, 108 Legion St., Linden,
9 am-noon


United to Serve Health & Fun Fair 

UT Southwestern Medical School students 


T.J. Rusk Middle School, 2929 Inwood Rd., Dallas, 9 am-3 pm  

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads is sponsored by its 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 90,000 helmets to Texas children. TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 45,000 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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