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Distracted Driving – It’s More than Just Texting

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Apr 30 2015

While as a society we’re becoming more aware of the dangers associated with texting and driving, it’s also important to keep in mind the many other distractions that can affect a driver’s concentration. For teen drivers especially, distractions are a major safety issue. Research shows that the “Under-20” age group has the greatest amount of distracted drivers. A March 2015 CNN special report also shared some surprising facts about habits common among teen drivers, including this: More than one fourth of the participants said they had changed their clothes or shoes while driving. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. We encourage you to review the information below with the teen drivers – and teen passengers – in your lives so... View Article

Child Protection Team – Treating and Preventing Child Abuse

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Apr 17 2015

A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds in the United States. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and encourage support for children and families. In this blog post you’ll learn more about Shamika Byars, MSN, CPNP, a Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) Child Protection Team (CPT) member who provides medical care and compassionate support for abused and neglected children. Shamika also shares insight on how we can all take part in the fight against child abuse. Q&A with Shamika Byars, certified pediatric nurse practitioner and child abuse prevention advocate What is the Child Protection Team? The Child Protection Team at CHoR is a group... View Article

Volunteer Hours Helped Define Student’s Career Path

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Apr 15 2015

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we’re introducing you to Miriam Post, a 21-year-old junior at Virginia Commonwealth University. The bilingual psychology major began volunteering with Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) her freshman year to meet required volunteer credit hours. Miriam’s ‘required’ time quickly turned into a love of working with children in the hospital setting, and ultimately helped define her career path towards becoming a child life specialist. From coloring in a child’s room to visiting the playroom for a round of board games, Miriam spends three hours a week making sure that kids come first at CHoR. “We look forward to Thursday mornings when Miriam volunteers,” said Heather Kinney, senior child life specialist at CHoR. “Play... View Article

In Season in Virginia: Strawberries

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Apr 15 2015

Strawberries are in season in Virginia from April to June. It’s a great time to enjoy this nutrient-packed fruit and to add recipes featuring fresh strawberries to your family’s meal rotation. Delicious AND nutritious  One cup of sliced strawberries provides 163 percent of your daily dose of vitamin C (more than a whole orange), 12 Percent Daily Value of fiber and 9 Percent Daily Value of the B vitamin folate. Strawberries also contain an antioxidant called anthocyanin, which is found to protect the body against the kind of damage linked to increased risk for conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Below are family favorite recipes and tips for enjoying this seasonal specialty recommended by Ashley Cappel, Registered Dietitian for CHoR’s Healthy... View Article

And the Award Goes to…

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Apr 1 2015

Each year Richmond Magazine surveys doctors in Central Virginia, asking them to nominate their  ‘Top Doc’ peers. Over 60 Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) doctors were named in the 2015 ‘Top Docs’ list, and CHoR docs accounted for 75 percent of the ‘top vote getters’ in the available pediatric categories. Certified pediatric nurse practitioner, Nancy Thompson, also was honored in the April issue for ‘giving children comfort and their parents confidence in their care’. See page 103 to read more about Nurse Nancy. Do you see one of your family’s docs on the list? 2015 ‘Top Docs’ *Denotes top vote getter in category Click the doctor’s name to view their bio. Adolescent Medicine Richard Brookman *Stephanie Crewe Genetics... View Article