This year, my family will walk in the March of Dime’s March for Babies for the first time to raise money for research that benefits premature babies. This cause is very near and dear to our hearts. We are walking to celebrate our son and daughter, Curtis and Isabella, who came into this world 3 months early and spent nearly 4 months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Texas Children’s Newborn Center.
“Bully” the documentary was recently released in Houston and other cities following heated press about its rating. The PG13 rating is appropriate for high school and some junior high aged children. For younger kids it’s important to realize that this is not comic book hero in a costume violence, this is not Hunger Games in a fictional country violence. This is pain and humiliation, not softened by script, music score and lighting. The message is in your face and could be your or my child’s story.
Protein is necessary to build and repair muscle and to boost the immune system. Protein will be used as energy if the body doesn’t have enough carbohydrates or fats to use for energy. The need for protein in an athlete is increased, but many athletes overconsume protein and underconsume calories. Extra protein does not lead to extra muscle — muscle is 70% water and only 20% protein.
It was during my shift working as unit clerical assistant in the Progressive Care Unit at Texas Children’s Hospital that I realized something wasn’t right with my pregnancy.