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Where can you find references for a local pediatrician or dentist? How can you keep your family well during flu season? Where are the best jogging trails in the area? At Health & Fitness, you’ll find out!

Power It Up at TNT Supplements & Smoothies in Roanoke

When Rhome residents Tom and Teal Krecioch realized that they would have to drive miles to find a nutritional supplements and vitamin store, they decided to open their own store in Roanoke. As a family with kids in the Northwest ISD, the Krecioches cater to their patrons, because these same folks are their neighbors and friends.

In addition to supplements, TNT features a full smoothie bar. For only four bucks, you can enjoy a large, vitamin packed, delicious smoothie for yourself – or the kiddos! The scrumptious treats are low in calories and fat because each one is made with fresh fruit…yum! Continue reading


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The 411 on Kids’ Eyesight Problems

Does your child need glasses?

Kids who avoid reading, complain of headaches, or squint to see far away or close up may need to see the eye doctor. Poor eyesight can be hereditary, too, so if both parents wear corrective lenses, their child may also need glasses.

Most people know about these symptoms and situations. But here’s something you may not know. Dr. Mark Zebrowski of Eye Masters in Grapevine, Tx says that children with learning disabilities should visit the optometrist, especially if they exhibit an aversion to reading. In some cases, children go through a battery of diagnostic testing for learning disabilities before they ever have an eye exam – and poor eyesight can contribute to significant learning problems.

“One of my young patients had been through testing for learning disabilities for about a year before the parents thought to bring him in for an eye exam,” says Dr. Zebrowski. “An eye exam is so simple, I wish parents thought to do it first, rather than last. It could save a lot of time, frustration, and expense.”

If kids get eye exams at school, why go to the optometrist?
According to Dr. Zebrowski, school screenings are not as thorough as an optometrist’s exam. Also, eye doctors who work with children know when a child is “cheating” on an eye test. For instance, the child may peek through her fingers or misread the letters on purpose. Dr. Zebrowski recognizes this behavior and gently helps children perform the test correctly for more accurate results. Continue reading

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(Free) Dentistry with a Heart by Dr. Huckabee in Southlake, Tx

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Heart Month! In February, love is in the air. It’s also when the American Heart Association holds a big campaign to boost awareness about heart disease and prevention.

Southlake folks are on board. Dr. Timothy Huckabee and many other dentists are doing their part to help in the fight against heart disease, spreading the love by offering free dental care to those who need help. Last year, over $60 K of dental work was performed on 120 patients who were treated in Dr. Huckabee’s Southlake dental office.

What’s the connection between dentistry and heart disease? Gum disease affects about 80% of the adult population in America, and it is closely linked to increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and many serious health risks. Continue reading

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Dr. Baker is Making Roanoke Smile!

Have you ever been to a dental office where you feel genuinely appreciated? Where you didn’t feel the least bit apprehensive or intimidated? I never knew dental visits could be enjoyable until I visited Dr. Baker’s office.

When I had my first appointment at the practice over a year ago, Dr. Kimberly Baker, Dr. Regan Pruitt, and their team were nestled into a cozy (or crowded) corner office behind Albertson’s on 114 in Roanoke. Even squeezed into a tiny waiting room with other families, the atmosphere was friendly and pleasant. I must say, though, I was pleased as punch when Dr. Baker opened a new, beautiful, standalone office at 1405 Canon Pkwy.

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The Fit Fad: For the White House and Your House

Did you catch Michelle Obama on Good Morning America last week? When it comes to First Ladies, Nancy cheered kids on to say no to drugs; Laura promoted literacy and reading; Michelle is pumping her firm arms in the air, shouting for everyone to get fit. The Obamas have long been fitness freaks, and I mean freaks. At one point, Michelle was regularly rising at at 4:30 am to meet gal pals at the gym. There’s no denying that Michelle is practicing what she’s preaching in this area.

Fat is Our Fault

According to the American Heart Association, we’re getting fat and unhealthy. This will lead to shorter life, poorer quality of life, and increased healthcare expenses. We’re also facing a childhood obesity epidemic, and the most bittersweet fact is – we can prevent it.

You know why kids are getting plump. It’s the same reason adults pack away the pounds: fast food and little physical activity. We rush from work to school to activities to meetings to the store, while trying to squeeze in household chores. There’s little time to make healthy meals, much less keep up with an exercise routine.

These are excuses. You are the only person who can change your lifestyle, and more importantly, it’s your duty to ensure that your kids are healthy. Ouch! That stings. So what can you do about it? Continue reading


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Beat Cold and Flu Season before it Beats You

Emma, a little Byron Nelson High School Football fan, November 2009.

Caused by germs and bacteria, colds and flus are viral respiratory infections, meaning they affect the nose, throat, and lungs. While the H1N1 and “regular” flu vaccinations will improve your chance for weathering the winter well, it never hurts to take extra steps in the name of good health. Colds and flus are spread from contacting tiny droplets emitted when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or passes saliva or mucus. The viruses can also be contracted by touching an infected surface, then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. You could spread your cold or flu for days before you even know you’re sick!

Cold symptoms include: runny nose, mild cough, low or no fever – and last for about three days. Cold symptoms are nagging but usually not as bad as flu symptoms.

Flu symptoms include: runny nose, cough, high fever, aches and pains in muscles, joints, and face, weakness, flushed cheeks, watery eyes, headache, and sore throat. Flu symptoms are more severe than cold symptoms, and they will make you feel absolutely miserable. Continue reading

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