Bicycle helmet giveaway event

ADC Pediatrician Dr. Linda Lopez helps distribute 100 bicycle helmets to children

adult handing bicycle helmet to child

The physicians of The Austin Diagnostic Clinic want to help ensure the safety of local children by giving away free bicycle helmets Thursday, September 18  from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Trails at the Park Apartment Learning Center in south Austin.

Hard Hats for Little Heads bicycle helmet giveaway is part of a statewide effort — Hard Hats for Little Heads — launched by the Texas Medical Association in 1994. The program promotes fun exercise and teaches parents and children about the importance of wearing a helmet. The event is sponsored by the The Austin Diagnostic Clinic (ADC), in conjunction with the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF).

Texas physicians encourage wearing a helmet for all sports on wheels — biking, skateboarding, inline skating, and riding a scooter. And doctors want you to wear the correct helmet for your sport and make sure it fits properly.

On average, 250 children in the United States under the age of 14 die each year because of a bicycle crash. Another 300,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for severe head injuries. Many of these accidents could have been prevented if the children had worn bicycle helmets.

100 helmets will be given away to children at this event.   Dr. Lopez, TMA and TMAF representatives will be on hand to properly fit the helmets.  Additionally, parents will receive information on preventing obesity, how to incorporate exercise as well as other tips for healthy living.

Head injury is the most common cause of death and serious disability from bike crashes. A helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent, yet less than half of cyclists wear one when they ride.

Since TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program began, physicians have given away more than 125,000 free helmets to Texas children. Funding for TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads is provided by TMA Foundation thanks to top donors — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Prudential, an anonymous foundation — and gifts from physicians and their families.