Speaking of Children’s Health Blog
 
  • From Garden to Table: Growing Healthy Families

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    Vegetable gardens are popping up more and more in our schools and communities, and for good reason. Gardening is an enjoyable way to expose children to different types of vegetables. Plus, the more children are involved in the growing and harvesting of healthy foods, the more likely they are to choose them at mealtime. There are many possibilities for growing your own healthy foods right at home, even in a small space. Ashley Cappel, a registered dietician for Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Health Lifestyles Center, shares some of her ideas. Container gardening is easy and cheap, and you don’t need to buy fancy pots. Try old coffee canisters or hanging baskets – just make sure there are holes…
  • Welcome to the Team, CHoR Residents of 2014!

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    Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) is proud to announce our new 2014 residents! This year’s applicant pool was extremely competitive with United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores at or above the national average. In fact, the 2014 resident matches broke the record for USMLE scores, marking an all-time high for CHoR’s program. "With every year, the pediatric residency match becomes even more competitive than the last,” said Dr. Suzanne Lavoie, pediatric residency program director and chief of infectious diseases at CHoR. “I am continually impressed by the success our residents have already achieved before they even have a chance to walk in our door. Already breaking records, the 2014 residents have proven they’re no exception. I know…
  • Career Day: Child Life Specialists

    While many young children dream of becoming doctors, lawyers, ballerinas and astronauts, those who encounter people like Heather Kinney, CCLS, CPST during their stay in the hospital often develop heroes of a different kind. During March, we celebrate heroes like Heather, a senior child life specialist at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) who spends her time helping children and their families cope with the different health challenges and experiences they’re facing. Her passion for children and inspiring dedication is the reason many of her patients have decided they want to grow up and be a child life specialist just like Heather.Heather’s own desire to become a child life specialist developed in high school when her youth group worked…
  • Virtual Tour: CHoR’s Dental Clinic

    When children and families enter the Dental Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s (CHoR’s) Brook Road Campus, they are immediately greeted by the receptionist peering out of the ‘submarine porthole’ window. The child-friendly Dental Clinic is specifically designed to make children feel as comfortable and safe as possible from the moment they enter, until to the moment they leave. “Our dental team works hard to calm children by explaining procedures in terms that they can understand,” said Donna Palmer, RN, dental services clinical coordinator on the Brook Road Campus. “Our little patients enjoy holding the ‘tooth mirror’ and learning the proper way to clean their teeth. Many of our patients have formed special bonds with the staff, and…
  • Virtual Tour: CHoR’s Bon Air Therapy Center

    From the big bright physical therapy gym filled with colorful balls and weights, to the ladders and plush mats children can “play” on during fun physical therapy sessions, the environment at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s (CHoR) Bon Air Therapy Center is welcoming, child-friendly and cheerful. The  Bon Air Therapy Center provides psychology services as well as physical, occupational and speech therapy. Services range from voice therapy and the treatment of sports-related injuries to addressing gross motor skills. Children receive a comprehensive evaluation and an individualized treatment plan. “Treatment plans often require multiple therapy visits a week,” said Pat Stevens, Bon Air Therapy Center manager. “Community therapy centers like Bon Air provide a convenient neighborhood location for families. CHoR…
  • Virtual Tour: CHoR’s Transitional Care Unit

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    Sometimes a child's ongoing health condition requires both medical and nursing care, and special equipment or services. The Tranistional Care Unit (TCU) at CHoR’s Brook Road Campus provides a friendly, supportive and comfortable environment for both children and their families. From the moment you enter the unit, you know this is a place just for kids! “Montana is 11-years-old and has been a resident at CHoR’s TCU for seven years,” said his mom, Mary Beth. “Montana has multiple medical needs that require the level of nursing care he receives in the TCU. Cognitively speaking he is at the level of an 8-month-old. It’s incredibly difficult as a mother to know that your child is receiving the best care by allowing…
  • Virtual Tour: CHoR’s Healthy Lifestyles Center

    From registered dieticians and interactive cooking classes to the exercise specialists and fun teen support groups, CHoR’s Healthy Lifestyles Center, a comprehensive pediatric obesity treatment and research center, could easily be mistaken for a fun community recreation center. With 1 in 3 U.S. kids considered overweight or obese, childhood obesity is not only detrimental to a child’s health, causing issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but it can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression. CHoR’s Healthy Lifestyles Center aims to stem the rising tide of childhood obesity by promoting healthy weight management, eating, exercise and lifestyle habits that can last a lifetime. “The longer unhealthy habits persist, the harder it becomes to change the behavior,…
  • Virtual Tour: CHoR’s Children’s Feeding Program

    Virtual Tour: CHoR’s Children’s Feeding Program
    Follow 10-year-old Jake on a virtual tour of the Feeding Program at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s (CHoR’s) Brook Road Campus. The bright and colorful spaces, ocean themed halls and pediatric focused equipment are specifically designed to meet the specific needs of children. Whether a child has a medical, behavioral or developmental problem that hinders their ability to eat normally, CHoR’s friendly interdisciplinary team of pediatric specialists is dedicated to help each child overcome feeding issues and establish good habits. “The Feeding Program and the team at CHoR have been such a blessing in our lives. Learning to overcome food anxiety has changed my 5-year-old son Conor’s life both socially and emotionally,” said Shannon, Conor’s Mother. “With help from…
  • Picky Eating Can Be the Pits

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    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…
  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the HEALTHIEST of Them All?

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    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…