TMA to Give Away 2,350 Bike Helmets in April

March 30, 2016 

  • WHAT: The Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Hard Hats for Little Heads program will give away 2,350 free bicycle helmets to children in April — designated as Child Safety Month in Texas — to protect them from head injuries. TMA physicians and other volunteers will give Texas kids the free bicycle helmets at giveaway events across the state. They also will teach parents and children the importance of properly fitting the helmet for maximum protection. 

    TMA created Hard Hats for Little Heads in 1994 to help prevent head injuries by encouraging helmet use for all types of sports on wheels: bicycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, and riding a scooter.
    TMA has given nearly 240,000 helmets to Texas children since the program began. 
      
  • WHEN: April 2-30, 2016 
      
  • 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 other volunteers — and Texas children 
      
  • WHY: Texas physicians urge Texas children to be active, and do so safely. 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.

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program is supported by a grant from TMA Foundation (TMAF), TMA’s philanthropic arm, thanks to generous funding from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) through its Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF) initiative. These events during Child Safety Month support HKHF’s efforts to make a significant impact on childhood health and wellness. BCBSTX has been the major supporter of Hard Hats for Little Heads since 2006. Additional donors are TMAF Make-A-Difference donors, and the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio. The grant also is supported by gifts from physicians and their families, and friends of medicine.

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

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads Schedule: April 2016

 

Date

Event

Local Helmet Giveaway Sponsor

Location and Time

4/2

Kids Bike Safety

Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance (CMS)

Target Parking Lot, 8917 Tehama Ridge Pkwy., Fort Worth, 10 am-1 pm

4/3

Earth Party

Tarrant CMS Alliance

Magnolia on the Green, 1201 Lipscomb, Fort Worth, Noon-4 pm

4/3

Síclovía

Bexar CMS Alliance

Downtown at Broadway and Jones, San Antonio, Noon

4/9

Irving Health & Immunization Fair (open to the public)

Nancy Kelly, MD,** and The University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Pediatric Interest Group

Schulze Elementary School, 1200 S. Irving Heights Dr., Irving, 9 am-2 pm

4/9

Brainy Bike Bonanza

John Ray, MD,* Pilot Club of Alpine, and Alpine Public Library

Alpine Public Library, 805 W. Avenue E, Alpine, 9:30-11:30 am

4/13

Hard Hats for Little Heads Giveaway at Sacred Heart School and Hermes Elementary School (school event only, not open to the public)

Al Chorens, MD, and La Grange Breakfast Lions

Sacred Heart Catholic School, 580 E. Pearl St., La Grange, 10:30 am

 

Hermes Intermediate School, 631 E. Milam St., La Grange, 1 pm

4/15

Bike Shop Safety Jubilee (school event, not open to the public)

Li-Tai Chuo, MD, and Round Rock Independent School District

Laurel Mountain Elementary, 10111 DK Ranch Rd., Austin, 8 am

4/15 Week of the Young Child - Hard Hats for Little Heads Dallas CMS Alliance West Garland Head Start, 3709 W. Walnut St., Garland, 9 am

4/16

Kid Safe Saturday

Texas Department of State Health Services

Red River County Fair Grounds, Clarksville, 10 am-1 pm

4/17

Chase the Chief 5K

Williamson CMS Alliance

San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow St., Georgetown,

1-5 pm

4/20

Hard Hats for Little Heads (school event, not open to the public)

Jefferson CMS and Alliance

Tyrell Elementary School, 4401 Ferndale Dr., PortArthur, 10:20 am

4/22

Meridian School Wellness Day (school event, not open to the public)

Nancy Thorne Foster, MD

Meridian School, 2555 N. IH 35, Round Rock, 9 am-2 pm

4/22

Bike Rodeo Safety Program (school event, not open to the public)

David Greer, MD*, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Henrietta Elementary School, 1801 E. Crafton St., Henrietta, 9 am-2:30 pm

4/23

La Vernia Volunteer EMS Bike Rodeo & Bike-A-Thon

La Vernia Volunteer Ambulance Service

La Vernia High School Parking Lot, 225 Old Seguin Rd., La Vernia, 10 am-2 pm

4/23

Hard Hats for Little Heads (school event, not open to the public)

Family Medicine Residency Program at UTHealth McGovern Medical School*

J.G. Osborne Elementary School, 800 Ringold St., Houston, 9 am-Noon

4/23

8th Community Health & Wellness Fair (not open to the public)

Khalida Yasmin, MD,* and American Muslim Women Physicians Association

IANT Richardson, 840 Abrams Rd., Richardson, 10 am-1:30 pm

4/30

 

United to Serve-TMA Bike Safety

Dan Sepdham, MD*, and UT Southwestern Student Chapter

Thomas J. Rusk Middle School, 2929 Inwood Rd., Dallas,

9 am-2:30 pm

4/30

UTHealth Stomp Out Stroke Festival

Elizabeth Noser, MD, and UTHealth Science Center at Houston

The Water Works, Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine St., Houston, 10 am-5 pm

4/30

Bike Day

Langham Creek Family YMCA

Langham Creek Family YMCA, 16725 Longenbaugh Dr., Houston, 9 am-Noon

 

*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 49,000 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. TMA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the association and raises funds to support the health improvement and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine. 

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Contact:  Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear@texmed.org

Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email: marcus.cooper@texmed.org

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