TMA to Give More Than 6,000 Bicycle Helmets to Texas Children

Oct. 2, 2014

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) will give away 6,151 free bicycle helmets to Texas children in October, more helmets than TMA has ever given in a month, to celebrate the 20th birthday of its Hard Hats for Little Heads program.

TMA physicians, medical students, TMA Alliance members (volunteers who are TMA physicians and TMA members’ spouses), county medical societies (CMSs), and other volunteers will host free helmet giveaways in their communities. TMA also will underscore the importance of wearing a properly fitted helmet with parents and their children participating in the event (see schedule below).

“This month represents 20 wonderful years of TMA giving and saving the lives of little Texans, one helmet at a time,” said Ernest D. Buck, MD, a Corpus Christi pediatrician and chair of TMA’s Council on Health Promotion, which oversees the Hard Hats program. “Fitting helmets at an event is personally rewarding, giving a hands-on way to interact with children and teach the importance of always wearing the helmet. One never knows when an accident could happen.”

Through Hard Hats for Little Heads, Texas physicians urge children to be active and to stay safe as the program’s motto states: “Get Moving. Stay Safe. Wear a Helmet.” TMA encourages helmet use for all sports on wheels: biking, inline skating, skateboarding, and riding a scooter. Studies have shown that properly worn bike helmets can prevent up to 85 percent of brain injuries. Head injury is the most common cause of death and serious disability from bike crashes.

Since the Hard hats for Little Heads program began in 1994, TMA has given away more than 180,000 helmets to Texas children.

Below is a schedule of TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads events across the state in October. Look for one in your community. 

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

Date

 

Event 

 

Local Helmet Giveaway Sponsor 

 

Location and Time 

10/1-10/31

 

In-office helmet giveaway (not open to the public)

 

Drs. Pamela Chung and Lindsay Botsford and Physicians at Sugar Creek*

 

 14023 Southwest Fwy., Sugar Land

10/1-10/31

 

Save Your Brain in-office helmet giveaway (not open to the public)

 

University Family Health Center-Northwest*

 

University Family Health Center-Northwest, 7726 Louis Pasteur, San Antonio

10/1-10/31

 

In-office helmet giveaway (not open to the public)

 

Sean Delue, MD, and Waco Family Medicine Clinic* 

 

Waco Family Medicine Clinic, 7700 Fish Pond Rd., Waco

10/4

 

Helmet Giveaway

 

Walker-Madison-Trinity  CMS

 

Fair on the Square, downtown Huntsville, 9 am

10/4

 

Carnaval de Salud

 

Tarrant CMS Alliance

 

Tarrant County Public Health, 1101 S. Main St., Fort Worth, 9 am-1 pm

10/4

 

Bike Rodeo

 

Kathy Caraway Elementary PTA and Yu-Mei Liu, MD*

 

Kathy Caraway Elementary School parking lot, 11104 Oak View Dr., Austin, 8-10:30 am

10/4

 

Fall Harvest Festival

 

Lori Anderson, MD, and Amistad Community Health Center**

 

Amistad Community Health Center ,15343 S. Brownlee, Corpus Christi, 10 am-1 pm

10/8

 

Back-to-School Safety Event/Health Fair

 

Concho Valley CMS

 

Crocket Elementary cafeteria, 2104 Johnson St., San Angelo, 5-6:30 pm                   

10/8

 

Bicycle Safety Event (school event for kindergarten not open to the public)

 

Tarrant CMS Alliance

 

Swift Elementary School, 1101 S Fielder Rd, Arlington, 8:45 am

10/9

 

Spring Valley Elementary Health & Fitness Fair

 

Charles Barker, MD, and Spring Valley Elementary

 

Spring Valley Elementary, 13535 Spring Grove Ave., Dallas, 6-7:30 pm

10/10

 

BrainMinders Puppet Show and Helmet Giveaway (school event for kindergarten not open to the public)

 

Christine Wan, MD, and Pilot Club of Odessa*

 

Reagan Elementary, 2321 E. 21st St., Odessa, 11:30 am

10/10

 

MStation Resident Appreciation Party and Health Fair (closed event for residents only)

 

Foundation Communities

 

M Station Apartments, 2906 E. MLK Blvd., Austin, 5-7:30 pm

10/11

 

The Gift of Life 5K Ribbon Run Color Rush

 

Jefferson CMS and Alliance*

 

Downtown Beaumont, 7:30-10 am

10/11

 

ExxonMobil’s How Fit are You? (closed event not open to the public)

 

Houston Neurological Institute

 

Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford St., Houston, 11 am-4 pm

10/11

 

City of Odessa Fall Festival

 

Christine Wan, MD, and Pilot Club of Odessa*

 

McKinney Park, 625 W. Pool Rd., Odessa, 3 pm

10/11

 

Parker CMS Health Fair

 

Parker CMS and Alliance

 

North Side Baptist Church, 

910 N Main St., Weatherford, 9 am-Noon

10/11

 

Super Safety Pediatric Fair

 

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance

 

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, 5500 Raphael Dr., Edinburg, 8-11 am

 

10/11

 

BrainMinders Puppet Show (during Marshall’s Fire Ant Festival)

 

Pilot Club of Marshall

 

Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau, 213 W. Austin St., Marshall, 10 am

10/12

 

8th Health and Wellness Health Fair (closed event not open to the public)

 

American Muslim Women Physicians Association

 

Dar El Eman Islamic Center of Arlington, 5511 Mansfield Rd., Arlington, 9 am-1 pm

                         

10/17

 

Binational Health Week Celebration

 

Adrian Billings, MD, PhD*

 

Presidio High School, 710 FM 170 and First St., Presidio,

3 pm

10/18

 

Safe While We Skate Helmet Giveaway

 

Lamar-Delta CMS and Alliance

 

Paris Family Fun Center,

2625 Spur 139, Paris, 4:30-6:30 pm  

10/18

 

Health Fair

 

Kim Maroney, MD*

 

Rockport First United Methodist Church,

801 E. Main St., Rockport, 10 am-2 pm

10/18

 

Le Tour de Woodlands

 

Greater Houston Foundation for Medical Research and Education

 

Interfaith of the Woodlands, 4242 Interfaith Way, The Woodlands, 7 am

10/18

 

Safety Festival

 

Arlington Municipal Court Traffic Safety Program; City of Arlington; and University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine students

 

Vandergriff Skatepark, 2800 S. Center St., Arlington, 9 am-Noon

 

10/23

 

Use Your Head, Wear a Helmet

 

Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care**

 

Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd., Suite A11, San Antonio, 4-7 pm

10/23

 

Bike Rodeo (school event not open to the public)

 

Greater Houston Foundation for Medical Research and Education

 

Sally K. Ride Elementary, 4920 W. Panther Creek Dr., Spring, 5-7 pm

10/24

 

Trick or Treat Street

 

Lubbock-Crosby-Garza CMS Alliance, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine students*

 

Safety City at Clapp Park, 4111 University Ave., Lubbock, 6:30-8:30 pm

10/24

 

Kids Advantage Fall Festival

 

Maria Teresa Camacho, MD, and Texas Department of State Health Services

 

Edinburg Children’s Hospital, 1102 W. Trenton Rd., Edinburg, 6-9 pm

10/24

 

Helmet Giveaway (school event for first-graders not open to the public)

 

Jasper-Newton CMS, Jasper Independent School District, and Jasper Police Department*

 

Few Primary School gym, 225 Bulldog Ave., Jasper, during morning classes

 

10/25

 

Make My Day, Free Helmet Giveaway

 

Sandra Vasquez, MD, and St. Mary’s University*

 

St. Mary’s University,

1 Camino Santa Maria,

San Antonio, 4-6 pm

10/25

 

Hard Hats for Little Heads Giveaway

 

Port Lavaca Clinic Associates*

 

Port Lavaca Clinic, 1200 N. Virginia St., Port Lavaca, 

10 am-Noon

10/25

 

Vintage Creek Youth Vision Screenings & Helmet Giveaway

 

Foundation Communities

 

Trails at Vintage Creek,

3036 S. First St., Austin,

9 am-Noon

10/25

 

Helmet Giveaway

 

Hill Country Memorial,

H-E-B, Fredericksburg Police Department, and Pedernales Youth Soccer Association

 

Oak Crest Park, 2902 S. State Hwy. 16, Fredericksburg,

8 am-3 pm  

10/25

 

Pecos County Memorial Hospital Health Fair

 

Pecos County Memorial Hospital*

 

Pecos County Care Center,

387 Interstate 10 Service Rd., Fort Stockton, 8.am-Noon

10/25

 

National Night Out

 

Dr. and Mrs. Paul Schmidt*

 

First United Methodist Church parking lot, 411 N.E. Barnard, Glen Rose, 5-8 pm

10/25

 

Scarecrow Festival

 

Drs. Stuart and Shari Spitzer,  and Clover Club*

 

Maples Hall, historic town square, Kaufman, 10 am-2 pm

10/25

 

This is How We Roll Helmet Giveaway

 

Cuero Community Hospital and Pilot Club of Cuero*

 

Anna Koch Pavilion, Leonard Roy Harmon Dr., Cuero, 10 am-Noon

10/25

 

Healthy Kids Festival

 

Interfaith Community Clinic*

 

Travis Intermediate School, 1100 N. Thompson St., Conroe, 9 am-Noon

10/26

 

HEB Mueller Fall Festival

 

Kelly Alberda, MD, and Learn To Be Foundation*

 

H-E-B, 1801 E. 51st St., Austin, 11 am-3 pm

10/26

 

Halloween in the Park

 

The University of Texas Medical Branch Friendswood Pediatric and Adult Primary Care**

 

Stephenson Park, CR 518, Friendswood, 6 pm

10/28

 

St. Mary’s University Boo Bash

 

Sandra Vasquez, MD, and St. Mary's University*

 

St. Mary’s University,

1 Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, 6-8 pm

10/30

 

Fear Not Festival

 

Elizabeth Hedden, MD, and Clear Lake Presbyterian Church

 

Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, 1511 El Dorado Blvd., Clear Lake, 5-7:30 pm

10/31

 

Fabens Annual Health Fair

 

Gamut Medical Group Fabens*

 

Gamut Medical Group Fabens, 600 N.E. 4th St., Fabens, 8 am-Noon

10/31

 

Hard Hat Halloween

 

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine students

 

RotaCare/Texas Tech Free Clinic, 301 S. Schutz Dr., El Paso, 4-6 pm

 

Sponsors:

Hard Hats for Little Heads is made possible through a grant from TMA’s philanthropic arm, the TMA Foundation (TMAF), 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.

*The Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) provided funding for this giveaway, which is sponsored by a TAFP member.

**The Texas Pediatric Society (TPS) provided funding for this giveaway, which is sponsored by a TPS member.

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. TMA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the association and raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine.

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