TMA to Give Away Bicycle Helmets at Ridgetop Elementary

Oct. 27, 2014

  • WHAT: To protect children from head injuries and encourage fitness, the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Hard Hats for Little Heads program will give around 100 bicycle helmets to children at the Ridgetop Elementary Fall Festival.   
      
  • WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014; noon until we give away 100 helmets 
      
  • WHERE: Ridgetop Elementary, 5005 Caswell Ave., Austin 78751 
      
  • WHO: Amigos PTA members, together with members of TMA and the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP), are joining forces to ensure Ridgetop Elementary children ride safely. Children will learn why wearing a helmet is important, and receive a new helmet.
  • WHY: “Many children ride bikes, and we need to ensure they are riding safely,” said Mary Gonzales, MD, Austin, one of the event sponsors. “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.

TMA physicians encourage children to wear the correct helmet 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.

TAFP provided funding for this giveaway, which is sponsored by a TAFP member. TAFP’s support helps its members encourage health and safety in more communities across Texas through Hard Hats for Little Heads.

Hard Hats for Little Heads is made possible through a grant from TMA Foundation thanks to top donors — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Prudential, and two anonymous foundations — and generous gifts from physicians and their families, and friends of medicine.

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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