TMA to Give 1,800 Helmets to Texas Kids in April

April 2, 2019

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Wichita Falls emergency medicine physician Evan Meyer, MD, helps a 
young boy fasten his helmet. 

  • WHAT: The Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Hard Hats for Little Heads program will give away 1,800 bicycle helmets to Texas children in April – which is designated as Child Safety Month in Texas – to protect them from head injuries. TMA physicians and other volunteers will distribute the free bicycle helmets at events in communities across the state (see schedule below). They also will teach parents and children the importance of properly fitting the helmet for maximum protection.

    This year, TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program is celebrating 25 years of keeping kids safe. TMA created the Hard Hats program to help prevent child head injuries by encouraging helmet use for sports on wheels: bicycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, and riding a scooter. More than 325,000 Texas children have received a helmet since the Hard Hats program began in 1994.

  • WHEN: April 6-27, 2019

  • 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 1,800 Texas children

  • WHY: Texas physicians urge Texas children to be active, and do so safely. Wearing a helmet that fits correctly is a simple way to prevent injury. Falls from cycling are the No. 1 cause of injury to children aged 14 and younger. 

 

Hard Hats for Little Heads is supported in 2019 with a TMA Foundation grant thanks to its Legacy of Caring and General Endowments, and generous gifts from an anonymous physician and spouse and donors to TMAF’s Make-A-Difference and Greatest Need appeals.

Below is a schedule of TMA’s April Hard Hats for Little Heads events across the state, including in your community. Reporters: Local contacts are listed below for your convenience if you choose to cover an event, not to be published. For more information about TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program, please contact TMA Media Relations staff (contact info below).

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads Schedule: April 2019

All events are open to the public unless otherwise noted.

4/6
Event: Reeves County Hospital Health Fair
Local Sponsor: James Tarin, MD, and Reeves County Hospital District*
Location and Time: Reeves County Hospital, 2323 Texas St., Pecos, 8 am-2 pm

4/6
Event: Rudder Middle School Spring Fest
Local Sponsor: Bexar County Medical Society Alliance
Location and Time: Rudder Middle School, 6558 Horn Blvd., San Antonio, 9 am-2 pm 

4/11 
Event: Health Fair (school event only, not open to the public)
Local Sponsor: Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine TMA Chapter
Location and Time: Oak Hill Elementary, 6101 Patton Ranch Rd., Austin, 5:30-7:30 pm

4/12 
Event: Heritage Hawk Fest
Local Sponsor: Kalpana Kelkar, MD, and Kids First Pediatrics**
Location and Time: Kid's First Pediatrics, 2330 Village Pkwy., Highland Village, 6-10 pm

4/13
Event: Hooked for Life Kids Gone Fish'n
Local Sponsor: Michelle Zeager, DO, and The University of Texas (UT) Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine TMA Chapter**
Location and Time: Brownsville Event Center, 1 Event Center, Brownsville, 10 am

4/13
Event: 11th Annual Marine Creek Health and Safety Fair
Local Sponsor: University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine TMA Chapter and Northwest YMCA
Location and Time: YMCA Marine Creek Field, 2596 Jim Wright Frwy., Fort Worth, 10 am- 1 pm

4/13
Event: 6th Annual Health and Family Fun Fair
Local Sponsor: Suhaib Haq, MD*
Location and Time: El Bari Community Health Center, 5281 Casa Bella, San Antonio, 11 am-3 pm 

4/14
Event: Bike Safety Rodeo
Local Sponsor: Richard Selvaggi, MD, and Live Oak Professional Center*
Location and Time: Downtown Commerce Square, Main Street, Commerce, 2-4 pm 

4/15
Event: Hard Hats for Little Heads
Local Sponsor: Evan Meyer, MD
Location and Time: ER Now, 4121 Southwest Pkwy., Wichita Falls, 9 am-6 pm

4/22
Event: Hard Hats for Little Heads (school event only, not open to the public)
Local Sponsor: Felicity Mack, MD, and Balance Family Medicine*
Location and Time: CFC Bilingual Academy, 11000 Dairy Ashford, Sugar Land, 9 am

4/23
Event: Hard Hats for Little Heads (school event only, not open to the public)
Local Sponsor: Felicity Mack, MD, and Balance Family Medicine*
Location and Time: CFC Bilingual Academy, 11000 Dairy Ashford, Sugar Land, 9 am

4/25
Event: Hard Hats for Little Heads (school event only, not open to the public)
Local Sponsor: A.L. Chorens, MD, and La Grange Breakfast Lions
Location and Time: Hermes Elementary and Sacred Heart School, La Grange, 8:30-10:30 am 

4/27
Event: Carnaval de Salud
Local Sponsor: Dan Sepdham, MD, and UT Southwester Medical School TMA Chapter*
Location and Time: TJ Rusk Middle School, 2929 Inwood Rd., Dallas, 9 am-2 pm

*The Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) provided funding for this giveaway, which is sponsored by a family physician.

**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 nearly 53,000 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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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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April 02, 2019