Children’s nutrition is a hot topic at Vecino’s “Ask the Pediatrician” booth

How can I get my children to eat healthy foods? 

How much food should my teenager be eating?

Are my children getting enough exercise?*

Parents visiting Vecino Health Centers’ Ask the Pediatrician Booth at the recent Health Fair and Back-to-School Event at Cathedral of Saint Matthew were particularly concerned about nutrition and fitness, and took advantage of the opportunity to ask these and other questions about how to maximize their children’s health.*

Drs. Juan Olivares and Nora Saavedra, both board-certified pediatricians from Vecino’s Airline Children’s Clinic, provided in-depth answers and recommendations to many parents. Other nurses and staff members, including Maria Baltazar, Maria Calzada, Maria Hernandez, Ana Martinez, Tania Villanueva and Felix Escano, provided information and health screenings to the 250 community members, including children of all ages, who visited Vecino’s booth during the day. In fact, before the event ended, Vecino alone had provided well-child screenings to 75 children for height, weight, hearing, vision, blood pressure and body mass index, as well as 140 blood pressure screenings and 135 blood glucose screenings for adults.

Now in its eleventh year, the annual event is hosted by Cathedral of Saint Matthew and has become a tradition for the people living in and around the Airline and Aldine neighborhoods of Houston. We at Vecino are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the Cathedral, Texas Children’s Health Plan, Houston Parks and Recreation, and other event partners to bring health information and resources to the community. #LetHealthShine

*How do I get my children to eat healthy foods? Keep plenty of nutritious food on hand; children will typically eat what’s available. Also, be sure to praise your kids for making healthy choices. For more information, visit How to Get Your Child to Eat More Fruits & Veggies at

How much food should my teenager be eating? Preteens and teenagers are in the transition period between childhood and adulthood, and have increased nutritional demands on their bodies that require more calories, as well as a higher protein, calcium and iron intake. For more details, visit A Teenager’s Nutritional Needs at

Are my children getting enough exercise?
 Physical activity should become as routine a part of a child’s life as are eating and sleeping. To maintain good cardiovascular health, at least three times a week, elementary-aged child children need to exercise continuously for 20-30 minutes at a heart rate above their resting levels. For more specifics, read Promoting Physical Activity as a Way of Life at