ELIZABETH SMART: EMPOWER KIDS, BE ALERT AND VIGILANT
By Bernadette Verzosa, ParentsPost.com
Elizabeth Smart hopes what happened to her does not happen to anyone else. She is an abduction survivor and she is courageously sharing her story with parents to prevent other cases of missing children.
Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in her Salt Lake City, Utah home in 2002. She was 14 years old and was held prisoner for nine months.
Today, Smart is on a campaign to empower children through education and encourage everyone to be alert and vigilant. She is teaming up with Tomball Regional Medical Center’s Healthy Woman program to bring her message to Houston families.
“Elizabeth Smart is a remarkable woman. Her story needs to be heard by all,” says Kim Hanley, Healthy Woman marketing Coordinator. “She has overcome extreme adversity and did not allow her past to dictate her future, which is a great lesson to learn.”
Smart is also an advocate of the child empowerment program called radKIDS which Tomball Regional Medical Center now offers. RadKids teaches children how to immediately deal with potential danger and how to handle aggression, bullying and violence.
Elizabeth Smart’s Houston engagement marks the Healthy Woman program’s first anniversary. The series offers women fun and educational events. “Women tend to worry about everything and everyone else besides themselves. The Healthy Woman program reminds women that you need to worry about yourself, and keep yourself healthy so you can take care of your family properly,” says Hanley.
Past Health Woman events have included: a fashion show for breast cancer awareness, dance classes with diabetes prevention tips called “Divas for Diabetes,” and a wine tasting titled “Red Wine and Dark Chocolate for a Healthy Heart”
A Healthy Woman membership is free. To join, visit www.TomballRegionalMedicalCenter.com/HealthyWoman.
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About Tomball Regional Medical Center
At Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), it’s our goal to create great places for employees to work, physicians to practice and patients to receive care. In fact, TRMC has been recognized by US News & World Report as one of the Top 10 Best Hospitals in Houston Texas list for 2011-12 with services including emergency care, labor and delivery with level III neonatal intensive care unit, surgery, cancer treatment, cardiology, neurosurgery, rehabilitation, sports medicine, orthopedics, outpatient testing and wound care.
We are committed to providing quality health care while making a difference in our patients and families lives. We are enhancing our services and programs every day. That’s why we have started initiatives like the 30 Minutes-or-Less ER Service Pledge and community programs such as Senior Circle, Healthy Woman and Tiny Toes.
TRMC is one of only five hospitals in Houston ranked top 5% in the nation for Emergency Services and has been ranked as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care by HealthGrades. TRMC also ranks among the top 10 in Texas for Overall Pulmonary Services and Critical Care and among the top 5% in the nation for Women’s Health.
TRMC is also a certified Primary Stroke Center and has received the Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.
To learn more, visit TomballRegionalMedicalCenter.com or call 281-401-7500. For a physician referral, call 281-401-7777.
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If you’re like most women, incredible demands are placed on you every day. Work, home, family – sometimes it seems that everyone wants your attention.
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