Treat of the Day: Hard Hats for Little Heads

Published: Feb. 24, 2016 at 5:02 PM CST
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas-- Texas ENT & Allergy, Aggie Athletes Involved (AAI), Texas A&M Athletics and Texas Medical Association, along with supporting sponsors want to encourage child safety

by giving away free bicycle helmets on Thursday, February 25.

The program will be held on the Texas A&M campus at Reed Arena and will begin at approximately 9 a.m.

For the eighth year in a row, approximately 3,500 bike helmets will be presented to surrounding area second graders.

This year’s event will include Bryan ISD, College Station ISD, Navasota ISD, Brenham ISD, Anderson-Shiro ISD, Mumford ISD, Snook ISD, Hearne ISD, Burton ISD and Caldwell ISD.

Presentations will be made by Aggie Athletes in sports such as equestrian, softball, baseball as well as football on the importance of helmet use and safety.

The city Mayors from the surrounding cities will participate in a relay race along with the school mascots.

Hard Hats for Little Heads was created by Texas Medical Association in 1994 to educate children about how to prevent head injuries.

For best protection, participants should wear the appropriate helmet for the activity they are participating in, and ensure it is properly fitted and structurally sound.

The program, presented locally through the Health World Healthy Children Foundation, has impacted more than 25,000 second-graders during this eight-year period.

Hard Hats for Little Heads is supported in 2016 through a TMA Foundation grant thanks to top donors — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, an anonymous physician and spouse, TMAF Make-A-Difference donors, and the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio — and generous gifts from TMA and TMA Alliance members, and friends of medicine.

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.

Helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent, yet only about 40 percent of cyclists wear one when they ride.

Healthy World Healthy Children, Texas ENT & Allergy, AAI, Texas A&M Athletics, and participating sponsors want to ensure our kids are wearing helmets when they ride, glide or drive.