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March 04, 2021 | Kristina Lakenmacher, RD, LD

MyPlate is a tool that helps us build our meals using a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy. MyPlate can be used for adults, teens and children. The hope is the familiar image of a plate will  show us how to balance our meals and include more variety on our plate, so that we can achieve our healthy lifestyle goals.

Fruits/Vegetables: Half of our plate at each meal should be filled with fruits and/or vegetables. This food group packs a punch of fiber which helps with digestion. Choosing a variety of colorful foods provides us with many different vitamins and minerals to fuel our bodies. Whether...

March 03, 2021 | Rachel Hewitt

Photo courtesy of Rachel Hewitt

In 2016, Rachel and Scott Hewitt’s third child, who they describe as “spunky,” made her appearance much in the same way she lives her life – fast and fun. Their daughter, Sophie, was beautiful and perfect. But, within minutes of her birth, they noticed a small red-ish, purple mark on her cheek. When they asked the nurse about it, the nurse told them their daughter likely came out so fast she was bruised from the birth. Perplexed, the Hewitts accepted the answer and continued loving on their newborn.

The next morning the pediatrician’s office descended on the hospital with medical books...

February 25, 2021 | Kate Hurlbut, RN, CPNP, Texas Children’s Pediatrics

Photo courtesy of Kate Hurlbut

Five years ago, my husband, Phillip, and I mourned the loss of our beautiful 7-week-old twin daughter, Ella Grace. She fought courageously in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Texas Children’s Hospital until she passed away in Sept. 2015. Since our daughter’s untimely death, one thing that has helped us find healing and comfort is providing support and outreach to other patient families experiencing grief.

As thankful as we are for the care we received when Ella passed, we realized the need for a more private environment for parents to say goodbye to their babies. When the...

February 22, 2021 | Stephanie Chapman, PhD

February is Black History Month. This is a great time for kids to learn about Black and African American culture, contributions and achievements. It’s also an important time to refocus our efforts on teaching antiracism and racial justice. Unfortunately, with COVID-19, many of the traditional programs in schools, churches and local communities are unable to proceed. Some ways families can continue the celebration of Black History Month in 2021 are:

  1. Story time: There are many beautiful and inspiring children’s books about Black history. You can...
February 12, 2021 | Patti Allen

Patti Allen and her husband, Dennis, always dreamed of becoming parents. While many couples start having children during their early years, the Allens started their family later on in life.

“My husband and I shared a strong interest in adopting children,” Patti said. “As an adopted child, I knew there were other children like me who deserved a family who could love them unconditionally. While still living in upstate New York, we came across an adoption agency that had a program that only adopted from two places – the United States and China. When we filled out the adoption application, we checked off both places. We knew there were...

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