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Giving Tuesday

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill. Join Healthy Moms and Babes this Giving Tuesday and help us continue our work in communities by donating to the facebook fundraiser!

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Successs in the Making

Mom and babes


Braisa is a 36-year-old mom with two very handsome sons,  Legend at 5 years old and Knowledge at 11 months old. Braisa came us because she was a high-risk pregnancy with no support system/family in Cincinnati; she had preeclampsia. Pre-eclampsia is a disorder of pregnancy characterized by the onset of high blood pressure and often a significant amount of protein in the urine. She was assigned to Healthy Moms & Babes Certified Community Health Worker Sharon as she was ending her first trimester.  Braisa was very willing to learn as much as she could about pregnancy and all it ups and downs with this condition that she did not have in her first pregnancy. Braisa held a job as a home health aide until the last month of pregnancy due to high blood pressure issues. The baby (Knowledge) was born early at 37 weeks but due to constant monitoring of the baby and his progress by going to all those appointments, he was born at a healthy weight. HMB and Sharon were happy she never missed any prenatal appointments, went to all her children’s appointments, completed her postpartum care all while working and making time for our education sessions as well as baby visits.  Things were not always easy for her being a single, working parent, but she never let anything get her down.  She rose above these adversities and continued striving to be better for herself and her children.  She had planned on returning to school but unfortunately decided it would probably be in her best interest to go back home to Georgia for much-needed support from her family. Healthy Moms & Babes will miss her and the children dearly but we wish her well on her journey back to her home state. She is an inspiration for our other moms that barriers can be overcome. 


Braisa’s words – “Ms. Sharon was a great worker for my children and she was full of information and resources. She was very helpful, and kind, and real, and down to earth who has become a family member to me and mine. We love her like an aunty. She will be missed but will go on to help others.”

How your bad eating habits can have a negative effect on your kids

As a parent, you’ve probably realized by now that your kids are always watching you. There’s basically nothing that gets past them, and unfortunately, that includes your relationship with food.



If you make substantial changes to your habits, from how much food you’re eating to what you choose to eat, your children — no matter their age — will notice.


RELATED: What is your eating style? The habit that may be preventing weight loss


While you may be dieting, it’s important to always message that you’re trying to have better eating habits, or that you’re simply trying to be healthier. Your overall goal should be to set a great example for your children about how to think about food and manage your weight.


That said, there are certain situations and phrases you should specifically avoid. Here are three real-life scenarios my patients have experienced, and I think a lot of people can relate. 



1. Not eating dinner, but picking food off your kid’s plate

One of my patients admitted that she didn’t eat dinner because she wanted to lose weight, but basically picked off her child’s plate instead of feeding herself. This is so common that I call it “air food,” since people often treat food that went through the air and never landed on a plate as having calories that don’t count.


While this behavior seems fine with toddlers, it can become more dysfunctional as the kids got older.


Not only would the kids comment on mom not eating dinner, but worst of all when she tried to pick off her oldest son’s plate, he slammed his fork down and said, “Mommy, get your own!” She had no idea what to do then.


RELATED: Are you guilty of portion distortion?


Change the habit: If you want to eat something that your child is eating, get your own helping and put it on your own plate. If it’s a high-calorie food, make sure it’s worth gaining weight from and savor every bite.


Otherwise, repeat to yourself these three essential little words: “It’s not mine.” Instead, choose something that comes without guilt as a side dish.


2. Eating while standing in front of the fridge


You may not realize how important it is to set an example when setting the table. If parents have poor habits — like standing in front of the fridge and picking at a variety of foods before dinner — the kids will notice.


Children believe that their parents’ behavior is normal. Your kids don’t know anything different than what’s going on in your house. That’s what’s normal and acceptable behavior.


Change the habit: If your stomach is rumbling when you get home from work and dinner is not ready, have a few go-to snacks available that you can take out of the fridge, put on a plate and sit down and enjoy. Crunchy veggies and salsa make a perfect appetizer that you can even share with your child.


Not only does this behavior encourage them to choose veggies as a low-calorie, nutritionally loaded option, but it also teaches to them to give food the time and attention it deserves.


RELATED: 6 easy snacks to make for hungry kids


3. Obsessing over your weight or size


Another mom patient of mine constantly asked her teenage daughter if she looked “fat” in her clothing.


Teenagers, particularly girls, are super sensitive about self image and body weight. As a parent, you need to be there as a resource for consistent, clear and helpful messages encouraging attaining and maintaining a healthy body, without underscoring your own insecurities and negative self-talk.


Change the habit: When we shift the cultural message from something negative (fat is bad, skinny is good) to something more positive (eating nutritious foods makes us feel and look better) we avoid sending our children distorted messages about eating, body image and health in general — so everyone wins.


If you really want your child’s opinion about how you look in a particular outfit, ask the question, “Do you think this dress is flattering?” or “What do you think of this dress?” to shift the conversation from one of personal judgment to an objective view regarding an article of clothing.



Written by: Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, is the founder of BetterThanDieting.com and author of “Read It Before You Eat It” for Today.com. You can find her on Twitter @eatsmartbd and Instagram @bonnietaubdix.

Help with Heat Bill


The Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency’s Winter heating program will be available at the Villages at Roll Hill Community center on Tuesdays January 10 and 31, February 21, and March 14 beginning at 9 am. You do not have to live in Roll Hill to take advantage of the program. Bring a photo ID, social security cards for all members of the family, proof of income for the last 90 days, and a current utility bill. Bring these items to the community center the day before so that copies can be made in advance if you do not have access to a copy machine so that more people can be seen and receive help. 38 families were helped on the first CAC date.



Be a part of this year’s #GivingTuesday!

Join the movement by making a gift to the Healthy Moms & Babes this year. By supporting #GivingTuesday you are enabling Healthy Moms & Babes to provide support to mothers across the city as they work to become strong, independent women and mothers. Giving is easy, simply visit the contribution page to make your gift today. www.healthymomsandbabes.org/donate




Thank you for all you do in support of our moms and babes!
Sister Patricia A. Cruise, SC
President & CEO



Sometimes our work helps the whole family…



Sometimes our work helps more than the pregnant women that visit our van in the community. This is just an example of how we help the ENTIRE family!


CB is a 52 female and a van regular in Camp Washington.  She comes for blood pressure checks and sometimes blood glucose.  Her blood pressure sometimes would be a little on the high side and she was encouraged to see her caregiver for follow-up.  It was explained to her that this was not something she wanted to get out of hand. Her blood pressure reading on 5/17/16 was 176/114.  That day the van staff emphasized to her the importance of being seen ASAP.  We had two family nurse practitioners (FNP) students with us and they helped to convince her the need to go for care.


On 6/28/16, we returned to Camp Washington and she came to the van.  Her blood pressure reading was 129/78.  She reported that she went to Good Samaritan Hospital’s ER and by the time she got there, her pressure was even higher.  They treated her to make sure it came down, and after 7 hours she left with a prescription for medication.  She informed us that she is taking it, and she was educated on the importance of following the prescription directions and take it every day.  She left thanking us for helping her.  We told her we were proud of her for following through with our advice and recommendations.


This grandmother may not be here had she not taken time to visit our van to ask for advice.


Story provided by our Van Manager Veree Russell, LPN

How to be a better parent


Every parent, at some point in time, asks himself, “am I doing this right?” 


After all, parenting is scary. Taking care of someone else (or several someones) is a lot of responsibility. You worry you’ll screw them up for life or they won’t have fond memories of their childhood. You worry they’ll get sick or will be kidnapped. You worry about them fitting in at school, or what their test scores indicate about their futures.


All of these fears are legitimate, and are the exact reason you are a great parent! Worrying about your child’s well-being is exactly what you should be doing.


But, if in doing so, you ever start to feel run-down or like someone better than you should be taking a whack at this whole ordeal, Meghan Leahy with the Washington Post provided the following advice (plus a few more tips you can see on the On Parenting blog) about building a better relationship with your kids:


1. Cultivate a family value system

2. Create strong but kind boundaries and routines

3. Take time to connect, and know how to laugh, play and not take yourself (or your children) too seriously


Most importantly, remember you are not alone. Literally billions of people have done this before you and billions more will do it after you. There is no right or wrong way to parent – just different ways to love and teach your children. The best you can do is your best.


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