Do you have a picky eater in your family? Specialists from Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Children’s Feeding Program are sharing their tips for helping children overcome picky eating and develop healthier eating habits. Carol Elliott, Occupational Therapist, Brandi Watts, Speech Therapist, and Tamara Neiderer, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, regularly encounter these issues at the Feeding Program, and suggest a few ways to get your picky eater enjoying every bite:
Set an example by serving new foods to the entire family.
Encourage tasting a bite and, if rejected, wait and try another time. Often 10 or more tries are needed for a child to become willing to accept a new food.
Serve at least one food your child likes…
When was the last time you looked in the mirror with a satisfied smile and thought, “Wow, I look strong, I feel great and I’m healthy?” Has it been a while? Unfortunately, we tend to focus on our hips being too big, not having enough definition in our arms, those few extra pounds we can’t seem to get rid of or the wrinkles on our face. Our society has become so focused on appearance and an unrealistic picture of beauty, that it is no wonder 81 percent of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat and 42 percent of first through third grade girls want to be thinner. The messages they receive from the media and their peers tell them their…
Dr. Melanie Bean, Director of Clinical and Behavioral Services at the Healthy Lifestyles Center, shared her tips for developing heart healthy habits on Virginia This Morning. Here she answers a few additional questions about the Healthy Lifestyles Center and how it is designed to help children and their families learn healthy lifestyle habits.
Can you tell us more about Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Healthy Lifestyles Center?
CHoR’s Healthy Lifestyles Center is a comprehensive pediatric obesity treatment and research center, funded in large part by the Children’s Hospital Foundation. We have teams of specialists including physicians, dietitians, exercise physiologists, health psychologist, and surgeons, in addition to strong research infrastructure. Our specialists provide multidisciplinary care for children and adolescents with overweight…
How do you spread love to your friends and family on Valentine’s Day? Do you send flowers? Give them a box of chocolates? This year, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU is helping you show your special valentine’s how much you care with three fun e-cards you can share.
Check out the Valentine’s Day tab on our Facebook page where you can send your friends and family an e-Valentine with a custom message to let them know they are loved! In the spirit of American Heart Month, each e-card contains a link to heart healthy recipes and tips, along with a link to printable valentine cards and a coloring page for your valentine to enjoy.
To learn more about heart…
Please see the important recall information below from Graco and check your seats accordingly.
As part of our continuous product testing and improvement process, Graco identified that food and dried liquids that can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open over time or become stuck in the latched position. Therefore, Graco has decided to conduct a voluntary recall on the harness buckles used on all toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats manufactured from 2009 to July 2013. Graco would like to stress this does not in any way affect the performance of the car seat or the effectiveness of the buckle to restrain the child. And a car seat is always the safest way…
With numerous products now labeled “gluten-free,” many parents may be wondering whether gluten is something to consider when selecting food for their families or if it’s just another passing fad. Dr. Martin Graham, Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, gives us an inside look into gluten and the medical condition it often relates to, celiac disease.
What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, but not in oats, rice and corn. Though the positive effect of eliminating gluten from the diets of individuals with celiac disease was first noted in the 1950’s, the term “gluten-free” has become more common in recent years as regulations now require wheat and other common food allergens be identified on food…
As your kids enjoy a few days off from school, and we enjoy the beauty of a white winter, it’s important to remember that cold weather brings challenges and safety concerns. Corri Miller-Hobbs, RN, Safe Kids Virginia Program Coordinator, offers the following safety tips to keep our families safe this winter.
In order to play outside in the snow, kids should be wearing water repellant or water resistant cold weather gear and layers. Footwear should have traction to prevent slipping and should also be water resistant to keep feet dry. Gloves are also important, and hats are preferable to earmuffs as they keep in more heat. Kids should never be put in clothes with a drawstring or other…
Did you know the flu is responsible for thousands of hospitalizations and deaths each year? Though factors like start date, strain, severity and effectiveness of the vaccine are left primarily up to chance, one thing is certain…The flu is inevitable (nowadays, you can even track the spread online via Google flu trends)! With the Flu season in full swing, here are five questions most parents are probably asking:
1. What is the best way to avoid contracting the flu?
According to Linda Meloy MD, general pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR), vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your children. Vaccination is especially important for children, who are more susceptible to the illness due to…
As we all set our New Year’s resolutions and decide on our goals for the year, getting your family active should be at the top of the list! Healthy habits begin at a young age, so instituting healthy lifestyle changes now will set your children up for a lifetime of health and happiness.
Now, with the increased emphasis on long-term healthy weight management, it’s even more important to find ways to get kids moving and keep them active for a lifetime. The proven benefits of regular physical activity, combined with a nationwide interest in interactive technology, has sparked the development of many devices capable of tracking daily physical activity and the amount of energy used during an activity (caloric expenditure).…
"In some respects, I'm almost glad I don't have a son because of the pressures he would face and the physical toll that it could possibly take on him. I would be real leery of him playing football,” said Brett Favre in an interview about the physicals risks of playing football.
Brett Favre played football for over 20 years and is just starting to recognize the toll the game can take on your body, citing memory loss as one of his symptoms. It’s not just professional football players who should be concerned about the effects contact sports have on long-term health issues, especially when it comes to concussions. Over the past few years, doctors have started to expand their understanding…