Feb. 27, 2018
- WHAT: To protect children from head
injuries and encourage safe exercise, the Texas Medical Association’s
Hats for Little Heads program will give 100 bicycle
helmets at the Reagan County Elementary Family Fitness Night. Activities
also include bike safety awareness and bike giveaways, plus a bounce house
and hot dogs.
- WHEN: Friday,
March 2; 5:30-7 pm
(activities begin at 5:45 pm)
County Elementary School
gym, 500 N. Texas Ave., Big Lake
The free helmets will be provided by Renee Gounden, MD, a Big Lake family
physician, and Dr. and Mrs. David Donahue, of Fort Worth. Dr. Gounden will
the helmets on children with help from
Elisabeth Noelke, MD, a San Angelo family physician, and Alan Howell, MD, a
Temple infectious disease specialist, and his wife, Martha, a member of the
TMA Alliance (a volunteer organization of TMA members and their spouses),
who spearheaded the event.
Other event sponsors: Big Lake Economic
Development Corporation; Big Lake Volunteer Fire Department; The Dodd Law Firm,
PLLC; Hickman Rural Health Clinic; Invenergy Santa Rita Wind Project; Reagan
Hospital District; and Sugar Creek Grill.
- WHY:Falls from cycling are the No. 1 cause of injury to
children aged 14 and younger. Children and their parents will
learn why wearing a helmet is important, and receive a new helmet.
“Making sure our children
are safe is a priority, and we are excited to have this event for our community,”
said Dr. Gounden. “Wearing a bicycle helmet — and wearing it correctly — is a simple way to prevent injury.”
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.
Hard Hats for Little Heads
is supported in 2018 through a TMA Foundation grant thanks to its Legacy of
Caring Endowment and top donors — an anonymous physician and spouse, TMAF
Make-A-Difference donors, and the Texas Academy of Family Physicians — and
generous unrestricted gifts from TMA and TMA Alliance members, and friends of
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation,
representing more than 51,000 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.
Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear[at]texmed[dot]org
Marcus Cooper (512)
370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email: marcus.cooper[at]texmed[dot]org
Big Lake Contact:
Goff, Reagan County Elementary School nurse, (325) 884-3741
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Last Updated On
April 23, 2018