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Dr. Duck Gives Back

At Urgent Care for Kids, our goal is to care for your children like they are our own and respect your time because we know it is limited. We strive to provide quality care for you and your children when it matters most. 

Another one of our passions is community involvement. Any way, shape, or form to get involved and serve the communities where our clinics are located is always an incredible experience. We recently partnered with two organizations to serve in Austin, Texas. The organizations we partnered with were STARRY and Texas Baptist Children’s Home

STARRY

“STARRY’s goal is to be a beacon of light for children, youth, and families in the midst of crisis, no matter how big or small. STARRY’s counselors, direct care workers, and case managers guide their clients and residents toward the hope of a better tomorrow. STARRY nurtures children, strengthens families, and restores hope by providing supportive services based on Christian values for children, youth, and families.”

Each foster child is required to have a “Life Book”. This book documents small and large moments in the child’s life and they will take it with them to every home. The goal is to build a foundation of happy memories for these children and to promote healing and stability in the midst of a tumultuous time. Several of our staff members spent a morning constructing these “Life Books”. With their creative gifts and unique ideas, together they brought to life different “Life Books” that will be used by a Foster Child in need.

Click here to learn more about STARRY

 

 

Texas Baptist Children’s Home

“Texas Baptist Children’s Home embraces children and families in need in order to empower and equip them for a promising future. Children, and single mothers with their children, who come to TBCH are often lost, hurting, and hopeless, without a place to turn for help during their time of greatest need. Our residential programs provide a safe home and a stable family environment where they can learn, grow, and ultimately experience a happy, healthy future.”

Texas Baptist Children’s Home is in the backyard of our Round Rock Clinic and Urgent Care for Kids was happy to support the families there. We created a Cereal Box drive where our staff members and patients would drop off boxes of cereal for us to donate to TBCH. With summer around the corner, the growing boys and girls will be needing extra snacks! We successfully donated many boxes, and we look forward to working with them again soon!

 

Click here to learn more about Texas Baptist Children’s Home

 


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.


 

Receptionist Recap

A receptionist is the first person who you see when walking into the clinic and the last person you see when you leave. These talented individuals work fiercely to provide superior customer service to every single person that walks into Urgent Care for Kids. To be able to balance a telephone ringing, patients checking in who are in need of care, all while maintaining a kind and welcoming smile on your face takes true skill and we salute receptionists everywhere. Here at Urgent Care for Kids, we are lucky to have such a terrific group of receptionists who have become patient advocates and leaders in customer service. Urgent Care for Kids would not be the same without having these wonderful people on our team.

Just a couple of our amazing receptionists!

Thank you for all you do!


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.


 

May Duck of the Month

Our mascot Dr. Duck and his friends love comforting our patients when they visit Urgent Care for Kids. Since Urgent Care for Kids opened, we have used ducks as a way to cheer up our patients. When a patient leaves our clinic, we want them to continue feeling better and that is where Dr. Duck comes in.

Each month, our patients vote via social media for our next “Duck of the Month.” Most recently, we have had dinosaur ducks, Artist ducks, and this month we are thrilled present the Puppy Ducks.

These cute rubber duck friends provide enjoyment, relief, and can easily put a smile on even our toughest of patients’ faces. Going to the doctor is not always fun for kids, but knowing you get one of these yellow buddies at the end of your visit really makes a difference.

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Stay tuned next month to vote on our next duck of the month!


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.


Creative Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Teacher Appreciation Week is upon us! Teacher’s are special people who deserve to be celebrated. According to PTA.org, we have been celebrating Teacher Appreciation week officially since 1984. That year, National PTA designated “one week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children.” Teachers change the lives of millions of children every single day. Their hard work and dedication to these young minds has impacts inside and outside the classroom. It is important to take the time to show appreciation for these incredible people.

We have put together a short list of creative ideas of how to celebrate and show your gratitude to your teacher this year:

 

1 – Gift Card: With so many children to look after and so many supplies to have on hand, a gift card is a great way to show appreciation and take the edge off of a teacher. Or maybe they could use it to treat themselves to something special!

2 – Sweet Treats: You can never go wrong with a sweet treat! Ask the teacher for their favorite candy, cookie, or cupcake flavor and surprise them with a pick me up that will satisfy their sweet tooth!

3 – Framed Photo: Pictures are worth 1000 words and teachers would love a momento from their special students!

4 – Succulent: These plants create a fun atmosphere in the classroom and last a long time! Every time the teacher looks at it they will remember the sweet student that gave it to them

5 – Drink Bottle: Teaching can be tiring, they need to stay hydrated! Get a tumbler, mug, or any kind of cup with a fun design on it! You could even fill it with candy!

Big or small, even a simple “Thank You” to show your appreciation will mean a lot to these wonderful teachers! Have you ever given or received a super special gift for Teacher Appreciation? Share it with us in the comments!


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.


 

 

RSV 101

RSV! RSV is simply short for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. It is a very, very, very common respiratory virus that infects the airways of the lungs. Typically the viral infection is more severe in the elderly and in infants. Otherwise for most people they will simply experience mild cold-like symptoms; cough, congestion, runny nose, etc.  This infection will generally occur in the late fall, winter, and early spring.

In children less than one year of age, RSV may cause bronchiolitis. Bronchiolitis a fancy term for infection/inflammation of the smallest airway of the lungs. Children may show severe congestion, shortness of breath, respiratory difficulties, and/or wheezing. The symptoms are very similar to asthma. If you suspect RSV, diagnostic tests may be done at your doctor’s office and symptomatic treatment may be necessary. RSV can be very contagious and respiratory precautions are called for. People may become infected from someone’s cough, sneeze, or direct/indirect contact from their secretions. You never build a permanent immunity to the virus so always practice good hand washing and cover up those coughs!


Dr. Nguyen is a graduate of Texas Tech School of Medicine and completed his pediatric training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His experience includes Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, and M.D. Anderson. Dr. Nguyen rotates between our two Austin locations (Round Rock and Cedar Park), and he has received rave reviews from both our patients and their families since coming on staff. In his spare time, he enjoys jazz music and cooking.


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.

14 Ways to Say I Love You

Today on the blog, our Austin Area Marketing Director Tomi Fanning is sharing her Valentine’s Day tips!


Hi there! Tomi here. February 14th, also known as Valentine’s Day, is one of my favorite holidays because it is a special holiday where you get to spread the love to those around you! Whether it is your parents, friends, soul mate, teachers, or your cat, love is in the air. There are many ways to do this. I came up with 14 ways to say I LOVE YOU and here they are:

 

1 – Give a big bear hug: hugs make people happy! Go and hug someone you love

2 – Decorate a Valentine’s Day card: No matter what age you are, Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to get crafty!

3 – Do something nice and selfless for someone: Take out the trash or put away their laundry. A little act of kindness goes a long way.

4 – Give flowers: This thoughtful gesture is a great one! By the way, my favorites are lilies!

5 – Learn “I love you” in another language: Te Amo (Spanish) , Je T’Aime (French), Ich Lieb Dich (German)! Try one!

6 – Play a song that reminds you of the other personThis is a perfect way to take a walk down memory lane with a lovely tune

7 – Write a list of all the reasons you care about someone: Showing someone the reasons you appreciate them will always be a way to their heart

8 – Decorate and frame an adorable photo of the two of you: Get the whole family involved in decorating and find a photo that captures your relationship.

9 – Leave them a secret note

10 – Create homemade coupons that the other person can redeem: Free massage, free car wash, free room cleaning… the list goes on and on!

11 – Cook them their favorite meal: They say the way to some people’s heart is through their stomach!

12 – Blow a kissSimple and straight to the point!

13 – Watch their favorite movie with themNothing better than a family snuggle session on the couch!

14 – Say “I love you”: Need I say more?!

 

These are just a few of the many ways to tell those around us how much we love them. Put a little bit of thought in and it will mean a lot to the other person. Do you have anything special planned for Valentine’s Day??


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.

Urgent Care for Kids Participates in Operation Christmas Child

The holiday season is a time for giving back, whether that’s by volunteering locally or making the holidays special for someone halfway across the globe. While many people do this with their family members or friends, Urgent Care for Kids, the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, decided to give back as a company.

“Giving back is something that not only helps build a stronger team, but it’s something that’s very important to us,” said Melissa Bauman, Vice President of Marketing & Customer Service. “With our team spread out across Texas, it was fun to have a project that every single employee could participate in and see a global impact. We’re looking forward to establishing this as an annual project, and can’t wait to see how it grows each year.”

Urgent Care for Kids chose to participate in Operation Christmas Child, a project directed and implemented by Samaritan’s Purse, a faith-based organization that provides crisis relief around the world. Staff members who participated packed a shoebox filled with toys, hygiene products, and school supplies to be delivered to children in impoverished areas. All nine Urgent Care for Kids clinics and corporate staff participated to donate shoeboxes to be shipped internationally.

“Operation Christmas Child is an amazing mission and Urgent Care for Kids is thrilled to be a part of it,” said Brian White, CEO. “I am so proud of our many team members who participated this year in order to make a difference in the life of a child in countries across the globe.  We have a wonderful team of people at Urgent Care for Kids and the passion they showed for Operation Christmas Child only proves how dedicated they are to helping children.”

Urgent Care for Kids is an after-hours pediatric facility designed to provide quality pediatric healthcare with short wait times at an affordable price. Each location offers flu and strep testing, x-rays, and laceration repair 365 days a year.

Trick-or-Treating Safety

TRICK OR TREAT! Halloween can be one of the best nights of the year for children. They get to dress up, stay up later, and run from house to house asking for candy.

As much fun as this can be, trick-or-treating can be dangerous if parents and children aren’t careful or are unprepared.

Here are some tips from MSN for staying safe while trick or treating:

1. Always Trick or Treat with an Adult: If children are under 12 years old, they should not be alone at night without supervision. If they are mature enough to be alone, they should stay in familiar areas that are well lit and stick with groups.

2. Factory Sealed Snacks Only: Examine your kids’ goodies after trick or treating and make sure all of their treats are sealed properly. Throw away any candy with damaged packaging or homemade treats by strangers

3. Stick to Sidewalks: Halloween brings excitement and children may want to sprint from house to house to collect their candy. However, stick to the sidewalk to ensure safety from cars.

4. Choose Comfortable Shoes: Boots or Heels may be the fashionable choice for your child’s costume but they could lead to stumbling or sore feet. Wearing tennis shoes will make for a more enjoyable evening for all.

5. Make Yourself Visible: If your child has decided to dress in a spooky black outfit, it could be tough for cars or other trick or treaters to see them. Have your child carry a flashlight or a glowstick to light themselves up. Also you could add reflective tape to kid’s bags to make them even more visible.

Check out more Safety tips from MSN here

Urgent Care for Kids wishes you a happy and safe Halloween!

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Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.


 

Get Fit Friday: Secret Smoothies

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Physical fitness is very important to overall health, even in kids. In this series, we will share tips on how to make fitness fun, creative ways toy get kids moving, steps to take to make fitness a healthy habit, and more! Lace up your sneakers and let’s get moving!

Growing up, we were all told we had to eat our vegetables. Raw, boiled, baked, or pan seared… some children are harsh critics for getting their greens. However, there is a secret way to sneak in extra greens without your children knowing: Green smoothies!

Green smoothies have many health benefits and can include any greens such as: spinach, lettuce, kale, or collard greens. They offer pure nutrition and TONS of vitamins. They are low in calories but very filling. They help with hydration and digestion. Green smoothies are the perfect way to conceal extra greens in your child’s diet.

Photo Courtesy of: Family Sponge

Photo Courtesy of: Family Sponge

Check out these 5 tips to from Whole Life Nutrition to consider when first introducing green smoothies to your kiddos:

1 – Start with MORE fruit and LESS greens: When you begin making these smoothies, you can sneak a few kale or spinach leaves without changing the color of the smoothie. Gradually you can add more greens each time.

2 – Use Creamy Fruits: Frozen bananas and avocados are great to add to smoothies. This will give it a rich and creamy feel!

3- Use a High Powered Blenders: If you can, use a high powered blender because these will thoroughly break down the greens so the smoothie is extra smooth. Chunks left by a regular blender may be less desirable by a child.

4- Serve with a Straw: In kid’s minds, straws make everything more fun and easier to drink!

5 – Use a colored or opaque cup for serving: If kids see green, they may not like it! This way they can taste the goodness with their mouths instead of being afraid to try it.

Do your kiddos enjoy greens? Have any green smoothie recipes for us? Check out more from Whole Life Nutrition here.

 

Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.

Trick-or-Treat Tips

As well as providing superior pediatric care for your little ones, Dr. Whitenton has an array of knowledge of helpful tips for your family! With school back in session, Dr. Whitenton is here to talk about children’s allergies and staying safe while trick-or-treating this year!

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Halloween remains one of the most exciting and fun holidays for kids, but for a number of children, it can be a life-threatening challenge.  Most parents are familiar with rules at daycare and school regarding peanut butter and other allergens in children’s lunches, snacks, and treats, but a great deal of care must be taken for children at Halloween with tree nut allergies.

Imagine the disappointment of going trick or treating, collecting an orange plastic pumpkin full of treats that aren’t usually enjoyed in large quantities for the rest of the year, and examining the bounty only to find they can’t be enjoyed because of an allergy.  Many parents avoid that disappointment by avoiding participation in the holiday at all.  Having treats available to kids on Halloween that are free from common allergens such as peanuts means that all children can participate in and enjoy a fun night trick-or-treating.

One way to communicate to families that you have non-food treats available is to place a pumpkin on your front porch that’s painted teal.  It’s a universal sign to families that your treats are safe.  Some ideas for non-food treats would be vampire teeth, spider rings, stickers, pens and pencils, or glow sticks.

For a list of peanut-free treats, visit this website:  http://www.allergysf.com/safety/candy/nuts/

To learn more about the teal pumpkin project, visit:  https://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project


Dr. WhitentonDr. Kristi Whitenton is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, followed by general pediatrics residency at the University of  Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  After two years of additional training in pediatric critical care, she became a medical director for Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care in San Antonio.  In August 2014, she joined Urgent Care for Kids as the medical director for the Austin area.  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has a son attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, baking, and supporting the visual and performing arts.


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.

Fall Craft Fun

The air is starting to crisp, the colors are starting to change, and the leaves are starting to fall. Autumn is approaching quickly! What better way to celebrate the seasons changing than with a fall craft?!

Check out this EASY and fun craft perfect for all ages from Arty Craft Kids:


Materials Needed:

-A sheet of white paper
-Paint (preferably: brown, orange, yellow, green, and red
-Q-tips


Step 1: Trace your child’s hand and arm with a pencil on the white sheet of paper

Step 2: Allow your child to paint the arm and hand brown. This will be our tree trunk!

Arty Crafty Kids

Arty Crafty Kids

Step 3: Dip the end of a Q-Tip into each of the colors and make dots (leaves) on the tree.

Arty Crafty Kids

Arty Crafty Kids

Step 4: Build onto the dots with varying colors and sizes and patterns.

Arty Crafty Kids

Arty Crafty Kids

For more fun craft ideas from Arty Crafty Kids click here! Happy Crafting!


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.


 

Get Fit Friday: Balance and Benefits

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Physical fitness is very important to overall health, even in kids. In this series, we will share tips on how to make fitness fun, creative ways to get kids moving, steps to take to make fitness a healthy habit, and more! Lace up your sneakers and let’s get moving!

 

 

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Having an active lifestyle is so important to overall health, and yet it is so easy to fall into a sedentary lifestyle. Understanding the benefits of exercise can help you and your family begin healthy habits such as cardiovascular exercise and strength training. However you choose to get moving, it’s important that you do. This week, we invited fitness experts, Jami and Eryn with Nema Verda, to share some of the benefits of exercise!

Cardiovascular exercise benefits

  • Strengthens your heart muscle, yes your heart is a MUSCLE
  • Reduces fat, while building muscle
  • Helps build type I muscle fibers, which are good for endurance and last for long periods of time
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Increases the rate of various processes in your body, known as your metabolism

Strength Training benefits

  • Increases bone density, which is extremely important to maintain when getting older. Our bones lose their density as we age, especially in women causing osteoporosis
  • Builds muscle density which helps decrease your body fat
  • Increases your HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol), while decreasing your LDL (bad cholesterol)
  • Improves your overall body flexibility, which reduces the risk of muscle pulls and back pain
  • More muscle = more calories burned at rest. For every 3 pounds of muscle built, burns an additional 120 calories per day at rest

Differences cardio vs strength

  • Cardio burns more calories per minute (average 10-12), versus strength training (average 8-10)
  • You burn more calories after strength training because your body is trying to help your muscle recover

 


 

eryn-and-jami-2 Jami and Eryn both have Bachelors in Exercise Sports Science degrees from Texas State. Both lovers of adventure, sports, and fitness, they came together and created Nema Verda in 2016. In their freetime, they enjoy any outdoor activity and traveling!

A message from Jami and Eryn: As humans we evolve in order to survive and adapt to our surroundings. We need balance in order to maintain a long and healthy life. From work to family to our own happiness, we must find the perfect balance. The same goes for exercise. We must have cardiovascular endurance while obtaining brute strength. It is important to include both types of exercises in your weekly exercise routine. Taking all of this into account, this is why we created Nema Verda. We felt that people need help when it comes to “the perfect balance.” We have put together multiple programs that include both strength and conditioning, and nutritional guidance. All workouts can be done under an hour at your home, gym, or any outdoor setting.

For more information about Nema Verda visit their page at www.nemaverda.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.


 

Ready, Set, Read!

As well as providing superior pediatric care for your little ones, Dr. Whitenton has an array of knowledge of helpful tips for your family! With school back in session, Dr. Whitenton is here to talk about encouraging healthy reading habits, even before children enter their school years!

Back to school means back to books, but reading skills start much earlier than school.  Reading aloud to kids lays groundwork that is important for future success in school and beyond.  It creates an environment that explains the structure of language in both written and verbal form, and it enhances bonding between child and parent.  Problems with reading often equate to poor performance in school, which may be a struggle for years.  A strong foundation in language, communication, and logical thinking skills will help support early childhood education to ensure a smooth transition into the school years.  Toddlers and pre-schoolers who view books as a treat are more likely to choose reading over television and video games as they grow into students.  Recent studies have actually demonstrated important changes in the brains of children who are exposed to literacy activities in the home.  Parents are the biggest influences in kids’ lives and can truly make a significant investment in adult success by creating a home environment in which literacy can flourish.


Dr. Whitenton

Dr. Kristi Whitenton is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, followed by general pediatrics residency at the University of  Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  After two years of additional training in pediatric critical care, she became a medical director for Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care in San Antonio.  In August 2014, she joined Urgent Care for Kids as the medical director for the Austin area.  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has a son attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, baking, and supporting the visual and performing arts.


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.

Get Fit Friday: Trotting with Tots

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Physical fitness is very important to overall health, even in kids. In this series, we will share tips on how to make fitness fun, creative ways to get kids moving, steps to take to make fitness a healthy habit, and more! Lace up your sneakers and let’s get moving!


Trotting with Tots is a group of exercise-friendly, hardworking mama’s who meet on a weekly basis and go on various runs across Austin, with their strollers in tow. When it comes to everyday fitness and where to begin, we went to Loren McEllin, the founder of Trotting with Tots to answer all of our questions!

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What made you want to start Trotting with Tots?

When we first moved to Austin in the early Spring of 2014, we didn’t really know anyone. Sure, my husband had his co-workers, but they were mainly single and/or without kiddos.  In addition, we really wanted to be able to socialize our son, who was 19 months old at the time, without having to pay a huge chunk of money for daycare—especially since I was planning on being a stay at home mom for awhile.  So after some brainstorming, and some stroller-toting runs (because how else was I to exercise during the day?), Trotting with Tots was born.  May 2014 was our first meet-up at Town Lake along Lady Bird Trail, and we had a very good turnout. Over half of the members who participated that day are still very active members of the group today!

When you’re having a tough day on which you don’t feel like a workout, what inspires you to go out there and do it?

We all have our tough days, especially when our minions are not cooperating or when we have recently added a new member to the family (i.e. a newborn), but there is nothing better than the way you feel after a workout with the group.  My little ones also help inspire me by looking forward to our runs.  They know they will have the opportunity to see their friends and play if they cooperate while mommy has her ‘me time’ (better described as the time when Mommy is running and endorphins are kicking in!).  It’s certainly nice knowing you can meet with friends that have similar interests, get in a good workout (or therapy session), see your children smiling and laughing with the friends they’ve made, all while they’re expensing energy, playing outside and getting prepped for a good nap.

What are some of your favorite exercises that you don’t have to go to a gym for?

Running in the great outdoors.  This beautiful city is made for outside fun!  There are so many parks, trails, splash pads, swimming pools, etc. that residents are able to take advantage of, so why wouldn’t we?  We meet all over Austin, up to 5 times a week—from Georgetown to Buda—and we experience it all on foot.  It’s amazing what you don’t notice in a car that you truly cherish when you see it up close.

It’s also wonderful being able to exercise with the kids, and teach them about the importance of staying healthy.  By running with them, we are setting a very good example.  My oldest kiddo often will chant from the stroller when he sees a big hill coming, ‘Come on Mommy, you can do it!’  Melts my heart and helps me get up that hill even on the toughest of days.

What advice would you give to a busy mom who cares about her health just starting out on her fitness journey?

We have ALL been there!  I know sometimes groups of Moms, such as Trotting with Tots, can feel overwhelming for so many reasons—friendships have already been made, people are running further and faster than me, I don’t want my kids to embarrass me, etc.  Again, we have ALL been there.  I think I have, hands down, one of the most embarrassing stories that a Mom could have while exercising with her kiddos, and if you ever want to know so that you feel better about making a start, I’d be more than happy to share!  Yes, friendships have been made in the group, but we have plenty room for more.  We are not a clique, we do not talk poorly about one another, we do not judge. We support one another, our children and our partners.  This group has been a life-changer for me, and I hear the same from other members.  Its our shrink, our second set of ears and eyes, our vice, our sanctuary— it is whatever you need it to be.  Start slow, just meet for play times at first if need be, get to know us and I promise you’ll be addicted.

Want to learn more or join in on the fun?  Here’s the link to our website:

http://www.trottingwithtots.com

Loren

Loren is the founder and leader of Trotting with Tots. She logs dozens of miles every week, with two kids in tow. She makes sure the group runs are spread out from Pflugerville to Buda so all members have a chance to trot on their home turf. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family, designing custom sheets and shirts, cooking meals for people in need, and photography.

 

 

 


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.

First Time Scholars

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The transition into Kindergarten is a big step for kids. Some say it is the biggest transition one can experience! This is an exciting time with lots of growth and changes.

These tips can help ensure a smooth transition for your little Kindergartners:

1. Consistent Bed and Wake up Times: Having consistency in their early bedtimes and wake up times will create good habits. Their little brains need rest, especially after a long day of learning! If school starts on Monday, start the consistent bed time routine a couple days before to get their bodies used to the schedule. This way, when school does start they are not in complete shock and struggling with being overtired.

2. Talk Talk Talk: Create a dialogue about about what school is going to be like for them. Talk about respecting others. Talk about listening to the teacher. Talk about privacy in the bathroom. Allow your child to talk and ask questions freely, this way they will feel more prepared for what is to come.

3. Practice Makes Progress: If this is a child’s first time at school, it is possible that they have never had to raise their hand to speak, close the door when using the bathroom, or sit still for long periods of time. Before school starts, practice these tasks at home.

4. Visit: Going new places and trying new things can be a daunting task. The transition into kindergarten can be made easier if you plan a visit to the school and to their teacher before the big first day. That way when you drop them off they will see a friendly, familiar face and feel more comfortable without Mom or Dad there.

 5. Balanced Healthy Breakfast: On the first day of school, make sure your child gets a balanced and healthy breakfast. This will fuel them for the day and help them stay focused at school.

Kindergarten is a wonderful time for kids and Kindergarten teachers are a special breed of people built with the patience and kindness to help shape these little minds. Enjoy the ride and a smooth transition!

Have a little one starting kindergarten? Send us your first day of school photos using the hashtag #UC4Kschool!

 

 

Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.