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

Feb 27 2014

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... View Article

Developing Heart Healthy Habits in Children

Feb 18 2014

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... View Article

Spread the Love

Feb 13 2014

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... View Article

Harness Buckle Recall – 2014 Announcement

Feb 12 2014

Please see the important recall information below from Graco and check your seats accordingly. Potential Problem: 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... View Article

Is gluten-free for me?

Feb 7 2014

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... View Article