The Texas Medical Association’s Hard Hats for Little Head 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 260,000 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:
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 2017, 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 its members a unique benefit. TAFP 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 the purchase, so TAFP members can get up to 50 helmets to give away at no cost. TAFP will cover a limited number of events in 2017, so contact TMA soon if you're interested. TAFP members are welcome to purchase additional helmets for their events at a reduced price offered to TMA by our helmet supplier.
Hard Hats for Little Heads Physician Advisory Panel
These TMA physicians provide expert advice on Hard Hats for Little Heads programming, review materials created for physicians and patients, and serve as spokesperson on helmet safety/head injury prevention.
Lori Anderson, MD, Corpus Christi, pediatrician
Adrian Billings, MD, PhD, Alpine, family physician
David Donahue, MD, Fort Worth, pediatric neurologist
Charlie Hastings, DO, Spearman, pediatrician
Mark Kubala, MD, Beaumont, neurosurgeon
Christine Wan, MD, Odessa, family physician
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 a monthly e-newsletter that provides helpful tips for events, lists upcoming events, and keeps you up to date on TMA’s outreach programs.
Hats for Little Heads is supported in 2017 through a TMA Foundation grant
thanks to top donors — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, an anonymous physician and spouse,
TMAF Make-A-Difference donors, and the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio
— and generous gifts from TMA and TMA Alliance members, and
friends of medicine.
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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