A new backpack is likely high on the back to school shopping list. They’re not just functional, but fashionable and a critical piece to your child’s success at school. Sometimes the large, colorful, trendy bags can set your young student up for failure creating long-term problems with their posture and spine.
There is a lot of expertise on the clinical staff at Methodist Health System. But these physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals don’t stop caring for others when they leave the hospital. They’re going to other parts of the world to be the living, breathing embodiment of our mission to save and improve lives with compassionate, quality health care.
Our new Mission2Medicine blog series shares the inspiring stories of how clinicians on our medical staff are participating in mission trips — whether religiously affiliated or not — and serving in extraordinary ways.
Every August brings anxiety: what to wear, how to get around, meeting new friends…and that’s just you! Your children have their own first-day jitters. One thing that causes the blood pressure to rise is allergic reactions. Teachers are the lifeline between a child’s allergic reaction and the school nurse. While sneezes and sniffles are often linked to grasses, pollen, and pet dander, there are much more serious food allergies that school staff must be made aware of.
Like most families, your kids probably stayed up later over the long summer days, and now that you’re about to begin the school year –the bedtime battles begin. The struggle to get kids back on a sleep routine can be fierce, and some parents may even want to forego the challenge altogether. But know this: When kids don’t get enough sleep, their physical health and mental health are negatively impacted. Setting a routine will set your kids up for a successful and healthy school year!
Many kids have not associated yummy with “school lunch,” and if Mom says its “healthy,” the likelihood of that homemade lunch getting eaten diminishes from slim to none. Nowadays it’s easier to sneak in nutritious substitutes to your child’s lunchbox, or vary up the color, texture, and size. You may still fight buy-in when your kids see commercials for cookies and soda, but we hope these ideas will at least get you started. Remember, it can take up to 12 introductions of a new food before children accept it, so don’t give up! One recent study found that children who were offered fruit, but didn’t take any, consumed more fruit as an adult. And remember, kids love finger foods. Bento boxes are a great way to pack up your kid’s meals (or your own lunch) to take to school or work.
Kick off the School Year with Free Safety Bracelets
Every August, we can’t believe that time could move so fast. That the days of fun in the sun and sleeping late are already turning into days of school supply shopping and earlier bedtimes. That in a matter of weeks, parents will be treated to the cries of:
We know it’s scary, the statistics don’t lie. Breastcancer.org estimates about 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2016, the non-profit organization estimates there will be 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women in the U.S.; 2,600 cases in men. The good news is, there’s a lot of expertise, research, and treatment if you do receive that diagnosis.
Make sure you’re not falling for these myths
Myths about breast cancer are all too commonplace, and it’s getting harder to separate fact from fiction. We presented Jenevieve Hughes, MD, FACS, breast surgeon on the medical staff at Methodist Richardson Medical Center, with a list of the most common myths. Here she debunks many frequent misconceptions and draws attention to the facts.
Summer is supposed to be a sun-soaked, stress-free time of year, so why do you often feel burned-out by the end of it? Some of the biggest culprits are over commitment, over-the-top travel plans, and not taking proper care of yourself. Read on to learn a few ways to reduce your stress and relax!