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Partnering With Your Pediatrician

Keeping your family safe and healthy can be tough. We're with you every step of the way.

If you live in or near Fort Worth, you have seen the signs: "Life is short. We're making it longer." The initiative is a city-wide effort by Fort Worth to improve the health of the city using principles discussed in the book "The Blue Zones: 9 lessons for living longer from the people who've lived the longest." For nearly 100 years, we've worked to improve the health of children in our service area. It's only fitting that Cook Children's is now a proud sponsor of the Blue Zones Project.

Author Dan Buettner and fellow staff members looked at areas of the world where people lived longer, like Sardinia, Italy, Okinawa, Japan and Loma Linda, California. He learned that the people in these communities didn't simply choose longevity. Environment is the key to a healthy life, not necessarily personal will power.

Some of of his suggestions for longevity and a life free from chronic illness include:

  • Staying active.
  • Waking up with purpose each day.
  • Finding down time daily.
  • Eating mindfully and eating more fruits and vegetables.
  • Belonging by making time for family, friends and fellowship.

As a pediatrician, parents come to me with questions about how to care for their children. They depend on my advice to help them raise healthy kids, safe from the burdens of chronic diseases like obesity, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. Cook Children's complete network of medical care provides a safety net for your child, but we never forget providing a medical home truly is a partnership. The parents, the doctors and the kids are a team. At Cook Children's, taking care of kids means including the whole family. We take the time to listen to you and your child, answer questions and help you navigate parenthood.

We can do this together. Because childhood should be simple.

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