The Texas Medical Association’s Hard Hats for Little Heads bicycle helmet giveaway program was created to help reduce head injury among Texas children. A properly fitting helmet can prevent almost all head injuries — up to 85 percent — the most common cause of disability or death in a bicycle crash. Since 1994, TMA has given away more than 350,000 helmets to Texas children.
TMA physicians want kids to have fun on wheels: bicycling, skateboarding, inline skating, and riding a scooter. And with the growing concern over childhood obesity, TMA physicians want kids to get more active. Even 30 minutes to one hour of exercise every day can make a difference. Hard Hats for Little Heads promotes fun exercise, and teaches parents and children the importance of wearing a properly fitted helmet.
Watch these videos to learn more about TMA’s Hard Hats program:
- Kids, Watch What Can Happen If You Don’t Wear a Helmet! (TMA YouTube video, September 2019)
- TMA’s Bike Helmet Fitting Guide — Think 2, V, 1! (YouTube video, October 2017)
- TMA’s Bike Helmet Fitting Guide — Think 2, V, 1! in Spanish (YouTube video, October 2017)
- Physicians Say: Kids, Wear Bike Helmets for Safety (YouTube video, November 2008)
- Physicians: Fit Bike Helmets Right for Top Safety (YouTube video, November 2008)
Members of the TMA family — physicians, county medical societies, medical students, and/or local alliance chapters — can sponsor helmet giveaway events in their communities. Medical family sponsors are invited to partner with other community organizations on events.
Physicians: Get Involved
Hard Hats provides a hands-on way to encourage your patients and community to exercise safely. You can sponsor a giveaway, give a safety message at a local event or school (remember to wear your white coat), or fit helmets at an event.
The Texas Pediatric Society, the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (TPS) offers its members a unique
benefit. TPS will cover the cost of up to 25 helmets for its members who host a helmet giveaway. TMA provides an equal match of free helmets on these
purchases, so TPS members can get up to 50 helmets to give away at no cost. TPS
will cover a limited number of events in 2019, so contact TMA soon if you’re
interested. TPS members are welcome to purchase additional helmets for their events at a reduced price offered to TMA by our helmet supplier.
The Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) offers a unique benefit for family physicians (FPs). TAFP has made a donation to TMA Foundation for the Hard Hats program that will underwrite helmets for a limited number of giveaway events in 2019 (while funding lasts). Thanks to the TAFP gift, FPs who host a helmet giveaway can receive up to 50 helmets to give away at no cost. Family physicians receive up to 25 helmets paid for by TAFP, and TMA provides an equal match of free helmets on the purchase. Family physicians are welcome to purchase additional helmets for their events at a reduced price offered to TMA by our helmet supplier.
Find Out More
Email TMA’s outreach coordinator or call (512) 370-1470 to:
- Request an event starter packet;
- Ask questions; or
- Sign up for TMA Giving Back, a monthly e-newsletter that provides helpful tips for events, lists upcoming events, and keeps you up to date on TMA’s outreach programs.
Hard Hats for Little Heads is supported in 2020 with a TMA Foundation grant thanks to generous gifts from an anonymous physician and spouse, Mark J. Kubala, MD; Lee Ann Pearse, MD, and Einar Vagnes; and Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio.
Special thanks to the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Texas College of Emergency Physicians, and Texas Pediatric Society. Their contributions provide 25 helmets for Texas family physicians, along with TCEP and TPS members (matched with 25 helmets from the Hard Hats program).
To make a tax-deductible donation to TMA's Hard Hats for Little Heads program, visit the TMA Foundation. For more about the programs the foundation funds, contact Lisa Stark Walsh, TMA Foundation, at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1666, or (512) 370-1666.
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