Medical City Arlington sponsored a free bicycle helmet giveaway at Cravens Park in South Arlington. The hospital urges children to stay healthy while being active participating in sports on wheels. Medical City Arlington distributed nearly 300 helmets to local children.

The bicycle helmet giveaway is part of an ongoing initiative — Hard Hats for Little Heads — launched by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) in 1994. The program promotes fun exercise and teaches parents and children about the importance of wearing a helmet.

Physicians encourage wearing a helmet for all sports on wheels including biking, skateboarding, inline skating, and riding a scooter. Medical City Arlington’s ER and trauma teams were on site to properly fit the helmets.

Cycling is the No. 1 cause of injury to children aged 14 and younger. Injuries resulting from bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and inline and roller skates account for more than 500,000 emergency department visit annually for children under age 14. A helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent, yet fewer than half of cyclists wear one when they ride.

“At Medical City Arlington, we are committed to educating and caring for the community,” said Siddhartha Rath, MD, Medical Director of Trauma Services at Medical City Arlington. “Wearing a bicycle helmet is such a simple way to help ensure a child’s health and safety.”

Since TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program began, TMA has given away more than 30,000 helmets to Texas children. Hard Hats for Little Heads is supported in 2018 with a TMA Foundation grant thanks to its Legacy of Caring Endowment and donors.