By now, those Snickers and Kits Kats are a distant memory. But thanks to UTHealth residents, 60 plus students at a Cy Fair school got a Halloween treat they’ll use for years to come.

To stress the importance of bicycle safety, the family medicine residents organized a Halloween Day bike helmet giveaway at Emmott Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.

“A lot of serious injuries can be averted by wearing helmets,” said Dr. Michael Hansen, one of the residents who helped put together the event. “This is one of our community service projects.”

The family practice residents did more than hand out helmets. They showed the youngsters how to use them and explained why they should be used.

The bike helmet giveaway was planned in conjunction with a Texas Medical Association (TMA) program called Hard Hats for Little Heads.

While a properly-fitted bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent, research suggests that only one in two riders wear one.

The Hard Hats for Little Heads program recently celebrated its 20th year of keeping kids safe and has helped give away more than 200,000 helmets to Texas children.

Hard Hats for Little Heads is made possible through a grant from TMA Foundation thanks to top donors — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Prudential, and two anonymous foundations — and generous gifts from physicians and their families, and friends of medicine.