TMA to Give 2,500 Children Helmets in May — Bike Month

 April 30, 2015

  • WHAT: Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Hard Hats for Little Heads program will give away 2,500 free bicycle helmets in May — designated as Bike Month — to protect children from head injuries. TMA physicians and other volunteers will host helmet giveaway events across the state to teach parents and children the importance of wearing a helmet, especially one that fits properly.

    TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program was created in 1994 to help prevent head injuries by encouraging helmet use for all sports on wheels: bicycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, and riding a scooter. TMA has given nearly 215,000 helmets to Texas children since the program began.
  • WHEN: May 1-30, 2015 
  • 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 urge Texas children to be active but want them to stay safe. Wearing a bicycle helmet is a simple way to prevent injury. Head injury is the most common cause of death and serious disability from bike crashes.

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

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads Schedule: May 2015    

Date: May 1
Event: Relay for Life
Sponsor of Helmet Giveaway: Ward Memorial Hospital
Location: Ward County Coliseum, South Hwy. 18, Monahans 
Time: 7 pm

Date: May 2
Event: Health Fair
Sponsor of Helmet Giveaway: American Muslim Women Physicians Association
Location: Dallas Central Mosque, 840 Abrams Rd., Richardson
Time: 10 am-1:30 pm

Date: May 2
Event: Hard Hats for Little Heads in Heritage
Sponsor of Helmet Giveaway: Mercy Effect 
Location: Clubhouse, 9536 Courtright Dr., Fort Worth 
Time: 10 am-Noon

Date: May 2
Event: Scudder Bicycle Rodeo
Sponsor of Helmet Giveaway: TMA and Scudder Primary School
Location: First Baptist Church, 1591, Winters Mill Pkwy., Wimberley
Time: 1 pm

Date: May 2
Event: 2015 UTHealth Stomp Out Stroke Festival
Sponsor of Helmet Giveaway: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Location: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., Houston 
Time: 9 am-3 pm 

Date: May 8
Event: Meridian School Wellness Day (school event only, not open to the public) 
Sponsor of Helmet Giveaway: Nancy Thorne Fost, MD
Location: Meridian School, 2555 N. IH, Round Rock 
Time: 9 am-Noon

Date: May 8
Event: Comfort Elementary School Bike Rodeo (open to the public, but report to front office for admission)
Sponsor of Helmet Giveaway: Kendall County Sheriff's Office
Location: Comfort Elementary School, 605 3rd St., Comfort
Time: 8 a.m.

Date: May 9
Event: Safety Spokes Round-up
Sponsor of Helmet Giveaway: Good Shepherd Medical Center-Marshall
Location: Telegraph Park on Main Street and the Square, Marshall
 Time: 9-11 am 

Date: May 9
Event: Irving 5th Annual Bicycle Fest
Sponsor of Helmet Giveaway: William Shea Jr., MD; Richardson Bike Mart and Bike Irving
Location: The old lumberyard, 221 E. Irving Blvd. (northwest corner of Irving Boulevard and Delaware Street, Irving 
Time: 10 am-2 pm 

Date: May 9
Event: Kids Safe Saturday
Sponsor of Helmet Giveaway: Texas Department of State Health Services Region 4-5 North
Location: Love Civic Center, 2015 S Collegiate Dr., Paris
Time: 9 am-1 pm 

Date: May 9
Event: Health Fair at Safety City
Sponsor of Helmet Giveaway: Luis Fernando Arandia-Antelo, MD, Lubbock-Crosby-Garza County Medical Society Alliance*
Location: Safety City at Clap Park, 42nd and Avenue 4, Lubbock
Time: 10 am-1 pm

Date: May 20
Event: Pilot Club of Quitman Bicycle Rodeo & Brain Minders
Sponsor of Helmet Giveaway: Pilot Club of Quitman
Location: Quitman Elementary School, 902 E. Goode, Quitman,  
Time: 8:30 am
Location: Yantis Elementary School, 105 W. Oak, Yantis
Time: 1 pm 

Date: May 20
Event: Hard Hats for Little Heads
Sponsor of Helmet Giveaway: Tri-County Medical Society
Location: Bonham Elementary School, 1225 Hwy. 123, San Marcos
Time: 8:30 am-2 pm 

Date: May 21
Event: Hard Hats for Little Heads
Sponsor of Helmet Giveaway: Eric Lee, MD and Baylor College of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group
Location: Peck Elementary, 5001 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Houston
Time: 9-11 am 

Date: May 21
Event: Pilot Club of Quitman Bicycle Rodeo & Brain Minders
Sponsor of Helmet Giveaway: Pilot Club of Quitman
Location: Alba-Golden Elementary School, 1373 CR 2377, Alba
Time: 8:30 am 

Date: May 21
Event: Health Fair-Healthy U
Sponsor of Helmet Giveaway: Sabine County Hospital
Location: Hemphill Square, 2301 Worth St., Hemphill
Time: 4-7 pm 

Date: May 22
Event: Bicycle Rodeo
Sponsor of Helmet Giveaway: Texas Department of State Health Services Region 4-5 North
Location: Lamar Elementary School, 825 Church St., Sulphur Springs
Time: 9 am-Noon 

Date: May 30
Event: El Campo Police Bike Rodeo
Sponsor of Helmet Giveaway: Brian Goerig, MD
Location: Myatt Elementary, 501 W. Webb St., El Campo
Time: 9 am-1 pm 

Date: May 30
Event: Community Bike Safety
Sponsor of Helmet Giveaway: Tots N Teens Pediatric Urgent Care
Location: Westwood Mall, 11019 Culebra Rd., San Antonio
Time: 9 am-3 pm 

Date: May 30
Event: Abilene Zoo ... Get Out
Sponsor of Helmet Giveaway: Taylor-Jones-Haskell-Callahan County Medical Society Alliance
Location: Abilene Zoo, Zoo Ln., Abilene
*The  Texas Pediatric Society (TPS) provided funding for this giveaway, which is sponsored by a TPS member

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.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 48,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 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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Brent Annear  
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