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Keep your July 4 celebration safe

Keep your July 4 celebration safe

Planning an outdoor barbecue or a day at the lake or pool over Independence Day? Experts at Baylor College of Medicine offer these reminders to help keep your long weekend safe and fun. Food and heat When it comes to eating outdoors, dietitian Roberta Anding says approximately half of food-borne illnesses can be eliminated with … Continue reading

Hydration with a twist

Hydration with a twist

Water is the best type of hydration for our bodies, and although we can get tired of it at times, we don’t want the calories from other types of drinks. Here are a few things to add a twist to your hydration this summer. Drink water, but add one or more of the following: Cucumbers … Continue reading

Reach for these egg alternatives

Reach for these egg alternatives

The avian flu may have caused an egg shortage for some grocery stores, but Roberta Anding, registered dietitian with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, says there are alternatives for your baking needs and other ways to add protein to your diet. For instance, if you usually reach for a breakfast taco in … Continue reading

Scavenger hunt helps pediatric bariatric support group put theory into practice

Scavenger hunt helps pediatric bariatric support group put theory into practice

What’s the best way to get teens at their bariatric surgery classes excited about healthy food? For several years, students from Baylor College of Medicine’s Choosing Healthy, Eating Fresh (CHEF) elective have lent a hand with the Texas Children’s Hospital Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program support group through interactive lectures and hands-on cooking classes. We realized … Continue reading

Usher in summer with tasty grilling recipes

Usher in summer with tasty grilling recipes

Memorial Day marks the beginning of grilling season, and Roberta Anding, registered dietitian with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital; and Kristi King, clinical dietitian at Texas Children’s and a clinical instructor of Pediatrics, for Baylor‘s Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, have the perfect recipes to help you welcome summer. Main Dish … Continue reading

Recipe: Meatless spaghetti easy vegetarian dinner choice

Recipe: Meatless spaghetti easy vegetarian dinner choice

Craving Italian cuisine but want to avoid calories? Try this vegetarian spaghetti recipe, courtesy of Baylor College of Medicine’s Sugar Heart and Life program, an interactive web experience for patients with diabetes and their families. The recipe below packs a big taste, with only 102 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving. Vegetarian Spaghetti Ingredients … Continue reading

Bliss through strawberries

Bliss through strawberries

Have you noticed how incredibly delicious fruit is in the springtime? After a winter of limited selections, mostly apples and citrus, we suddenly find our favorite berries are back in town! Sure, you can always find berries in the freezer section of the grocery store, but there’s something extra enjoyable about fresh berries on a … Continue reading

Gas, bloating, irritable bowel:  A gut feeling that something is not right

Gas, bloating, irritable bowel: A gut feeling that something is not right

Those with Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) know not all foods can be digested equally. IBS affects up to one in five people living in this country. The syndrome’s symptoms include abdominal pain, gas, bloating, and change in bowel habits either through constipation, diarrhea or both alternating. The average diet frequently contains sugars that are difficult to digest for some people. These … Continue reading

The cycle of disability and weight gain

The cycle of disability and weight gain

Now don’t let the word “disability” scare you off! We are just talking about those conditions that limit what you can do or how you do them. There are a lot of people who have such functional limitations; in fact, were talking one in five people in the United States.

Gazpacho recipe adds zest to dinner table

Gazpacho recipe adds zest to dinner table

After a season full of rich holiday meals it’s time to focus on adding delicious and healthy recipes to your dinner table. This recipe for gazpacho, was shared with the Baylor College of Medicine CHEF elective students by Kyle Carpenter, a Baylor student with cooking experience.

Tips keep running marathon fun, safe

Tips keep running marathon fun, safe

Are you running in the Houston Marathon this weekend? Before you hit the course, Dr. Theodore Shybut, assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, has last minute tips for runners.

Improve your health in 2015

Improve your health in 2015

Do you have plans to lose weight or get more active this year? Experts from Baylor College of Medicine have tips and tools to help you feel better and achieve your goals in 2015.

Holidays can mean added sugar intake

Holidays can mean added sugar intake

The holidays are filled with parties and celebrations, which can also mean more desserts and treats. Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital Registered Dietitian Roberta Anding said seasonal indulging can lead to an increase in the amount of added sugar in our diets.

Is your lunchbox lacking? Tips for packing healthier lunches

Is your lunchbox lacking? Tips for packing healthier lunches

While they may be packed with love, researchers at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital found most lunches packed at home don’t meet federal nutrition guidelines. The study found that lunches from home had more sodium and fewer servings of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and milk. About 90 percent … Continue reading

Curb buyer’s remorse: Skip drinks while holiday shopping

Curb buyer’s remorse: Skip drinks while holiday shopping

Preparing for some marathon holiday shopping? Baylor College of Medicine Psychiatrist Dr. Kristin Kassaw says don’t add alcohol to the mix. “Alcohol impairs judgment and decreases inhibitions,” said Kassaw, an associate professor of psychiatry at Baylor. “You may come home with shopping bags full of impulse buys that you ordinarily wouldn’t buy.” Kassaw recommends taking an extra … Continue reading

Running can be good for your knee health

Running can be good for your knee health

Some people worry that running will cause knee osteoarthritis characterized by progressive damage to the joint cartilage—the cushioning material at the end of long bones—and causes changes in the structures around the joint. Think again. New research led by Dr. Grace Hsiao-Wei Lo, assistant professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, found that a … Continue reading

Swaps offer healthier take on green bean casserole recipe

Swaps offer healthier take on green bean casserole recipe

For people watching their weight, the holidays can be a careful balancing act of enjoying favorite dishes without overindulging. Students from Baylor College of Medicine, who help host the Texas Children’s Hospital Adolescent Bariatric Cook Class, say look no further than best-selling author and registered dietitian Ellie Krieger for awesome recipes that encourage a balance … Continue reading

Exercise does the elderly body good

Exercise does the elderly body good

Exercise can’t stop the aging process, but experts at Baylor College of Medicine say that for the elderly, whether it’s weight training, walking, swimming or biking, 30 minutes of exercise three to five times a week is a good prescription for aging. “It’s never too late to start exercising,” said Dr. Robert Roush, an associate … Continue reading

Skip sugar to help keep skin wrinkle-free

Skip sugar to help keep skin wrinkle-free

Don’t let all the Halloween candy make your skin look spooky. Dr. Rajani Katta, professor of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine, says certain foods— not just sweets— can cause “sugar sag,” where skin loosens and wrinkles. “The idea behind preventing sugar sag is ‘better skin from the inside out,’” said Katta. “What you eat … Continue reading

Diabetics shouldn’t spook at Halloween

Diabetics shouldn’t spook at Halloween

Halloween shouldn’t be scary for children with diabetes. It’s important for kids to participate in fun activities like they did before being diagnosed. Experts at Baylor College of Medicine encourage parents to plan ahead and know what activities they’ll be attending. Whether it’s a festival, haunted house or trick-or-treating, you need to be prepared. “With … Continue reading

Five tips for living with diabetes

Five tips for living with diabetes

While diabetes is a chronic, progressive disease, it is also very treatable, which means you can integrate your diabetes care into your regular life style and make it work for you. It is important to keep in mind three components:  diet, exercise, and diabetes medications. I get many questions about diabetes management and patients often … Continue reading

Keeping mind active improves aging memory

Keeping mind active improves aging memory

Feeling forgetful? Don’t automatically blame your “aging brain.” Our expert at Baylor College of Medicine’s Huffington Center on Aging, says memory loss has relatively little to do with growing old. “There is the assumption that memory fails when we get older when in fact, memory stays stable into old age,” said Dr. Anita Woods, a geriatrician at … Continue reading

Recipe: Chicken enchiladas spice up dinner

Recipe: Chicken enchiladas spice up dinner

Looking for an easy week-night dish? This low fat chicken enchilada recipe, courtesy of Baylor College of Medicine’s Sugar, Heart and Life program, is a great way to use leftover chicken and create a delicious dish. Sugar, Heart and Life is an interactive web experience for patients with diabetes and their families. The recipe below … Continue reading

Breakfast key for student focus

Breakfast key for student focus

Children who eat a nutritious breakfast in the morning have an easier time focusing on their schoolwork since they are not distracted by hunger, according to Dr. Teresia O’Connor, assistant professor of pediatrics at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine and pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital. In addition, skipping breakfast … Continue reading

Banana mousse recipe packs flavor in a small batch

Banana mousse recipe packs flavor in a small batch

Ever make a recipe that left your kitchen overflowing with goodies when you were just trying to make a small sweet treat? Look no further than this banana mousse recipe from Baylor College of Medicine’s Sugar, Heart and Life program. Sugar, Heart and Life is an interactive web experience for patients with diabetes and their families. It features … Continue reading

Culinary program to benefit San Antonio children

Culinary program to benefit San Antonio children

An innovative program aimed at reducing childhood obesity and improving access to healthy foods for patients and the community at large is being launched in San Antonio by Baylor’s newest affiliate, the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. The culinary health and education program will provide a comprehensive approach to childhood health and nutrition and will … Continue reading

Natural way to help premature infants grow

Natural way to help premature infants grow

Baylor researchers have found a natural way to supplement premature infants diets. Instead of using oils or infant formula, they found that a cream supplement, a byproduct of pasteurizing donor breast milk, can help these babies grow. Dr. Amy Hair, assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, neonatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital and … Continue reading

Look to the garden for your next snack

Look to the garden for your next snack

The fresh taste of summer isn’t limited to fruit. Enjoy fresh produce with this salsa recipe from Baylor College of Medicine’s Sugar, Heart and Life program. The recipe is full of flavor at only 42 calories per serving. Sugar, Heart and Life is an interactive web experience for patients with diabetes and their families. It features … Continue reading