TMA to Give Bike Helmets at Henrietta Elementary

 March 19, 2018

 

  • WHAT: To protect children from head injuries and encourage safe exercise, the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Hard Hats for Little Heads program will give 60 free bicycle helmets to Henrietta Elementary School third to fifth grade students at the school’s Bicycle Rodeo. Students must have a permission slip signed by a parent to receive a helmet. 
  • WHEN: March 23, 10 am-3:30 pm 
  • WHERE: Henrietta ISD Football Stadium, 1700 E. Crafton St., Henrietta 
  • WHO: Henrietta family physician T. David Greer, MD, along with volunteers from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Henrietta Independent School District Student Health Advisory Council, and Henrietta Parent-Teacher Organization, and local elementary school children  
  • WHY: Falls from cycling are the No. 1 cause of injury to children aged 14 and younger. Children and their parents will learn the importance of wearing a helmet while riding as the children receive a new, properly-fitted helmet

“A lot of kids ride bikes to school and for recreation, and we want to make sure they are riding safely,” said Dr. Greer. “Wearing a helmet that fits correctly is a simple way to prevent head injury and ensure a child’s health and safety.”  

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 be active and healthy. 

The Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) provided funding for this giveaway because Dr. Greer is a family physician. TAFP’s support helps family physicians encourage health and safety in more communities across Texas through Hard Hats for Little Heads.  

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 medicine.  

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.

 

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Last Updated On

April 23, 2018