Parents, beware: How diet culture is harming our kids

As the health and wellness industry grows, more products, apps, supplements and diets continue to emerge for adults. But recently, these dieting tools have taken on a newer niche market — children. While some of these nutrition devices and digital innovations can help empower a balanced lifestyle (something I’m all in favor of, as a … Continue reading Parents, beware: How diet culture is harming our kids

Recognizing mental health problems in children and teens

For many children, the thought of going to school brings excitement. But for some, it brings fears, worries and anxiety. Mental health is the foundation of life, especially for growing children who experience incredible growth and development in their child and teen years. But children are often unable to fully understand or express their feelings. … Continue reading Recognizing mental health problems in children and teens

6 strategies for managing your family’s food allergies

Have you noticed that food allergies are becoming increasingly common? Chances are if you don’t have a food allergy yourself, you can probably name several people you know who do. When it comes to food allergies, my experience is both occupational and personal. I love being a clinical dietitian and certified nutrition support clinician at … Continue reading 6 strategies for managing your family’s food allergies

Four generations of one family born at Baylor University Medical Center

Welcoming a new baby into the family is always a joyous occasion but for the Hartley family, little Emersyn Jane’s arrival was even more momentous. As she entered the world on Dec. 17, 2018, Emersyn’s birth marked the fourth generation of Hartleys to be born at Baylor University Medical Center. Since the early 1950s, a … Continue reading Four generations of one family born at Baylor University Medical Center

A Thanksgiving miracle: Micro preemie makes it home for the holidays

This year, one Pottsboro family has a big blessing to add to the top of the list of things they’re thankful for — the long-awaited homecoming of their baby girl, Pearly Jo. After 136 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney, micro preemie Pearly Jo … Continue reading A Thanksgiving miracle: Micro preemie makes it home for the holidays

Why playtime is the most important part of your child’s day

Next time you take your child to the doctor, you may get an unusual prescription: playtime. Playing is more than a way for children to have fun and pass the time. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, playtime is the most powerful way for a child to learn and develop — physically, emotionally, socially … Continue reading Why playtime is the most important part of your child’s day

How to help your child shake school-related anxiety

As a parent, it can be concerning when your child starts to show signs of school-related anxiety. School is the place where they go to learn, grow and socialize — it shouldn’t be something they dread or fear. School-related anxiety can take many forms. Some children may become irritable or moody just talking about school. … Continue reading How to help your child shake school-related anxiety