As moms, the health and wellbeing of our children is at the forefront of our minds. Balancing busy schedules with school, sports and social lives can make it hard for our kids to consistently eat healthy, exercise, perform well in school and manage the stresses of life in a healthy way.
Summer is fast approaching which means more time for fun activities. I’m also thinking about how to keep my boys healthy and happy during the hot summer months, which leads me to share about a great opportunity for our kids to become “TIGER Kids.”
Researchers at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center are conducting a study to learn more about what motivates kids to make healthy choices. The study is called TIGER Kids and it’s a great opportunity right here in our community to contribute to knowledge that could help kids across the country. How cool is that?
Researchers are measuring things that influence how our kids perform in school, how to help them become more active and how to eat healthier. The study is also looking at body image, stress levels, family behaviors (like kids’ relationships with siblings) and other motivating factors that contribute to the choices kids make.
Beyond contributing to research that could help our kids get and stay healthy, what’s in this study for us? Kids will be compensated for participation in TIGER Kids (can earn up to $100 for participation) and they have the opportunity to become a kid scientist! They can help researchers work to discover how to help kids move more, sit less and eat healthier. You and your kids can also get great in-depth information about their health, and kids will receive two “wearables” for a week to track their physical activity.
Participating in this study is easy! You and your child will visit Pennington Biomedical a total of 3 times over a 2 year period. Interested in your child becoming a TIGER Kid? I’ve included the full study details below. To screen for the study, visit http://www.pbrc.edu/TIGERKids or call 225-763-3000.
The TIGER Kids research study will evaluate ways to: increase kids’ physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior (help kids move more and sit less), encourage healthy eating, and assess other factors that may influence school performance, body image, stress and mood.
About the Study
TIGER Kids participants will attend an orientation session at Pennington Biomedical to learn about the study and receive activity tracking tools. Participants will then visit Pennington Biomedical’s Translational Research Center for Children (TReCC) twice during the study – one visit after the orientation session and one visit two years later.
TIGER Kids participants will also receive valuable health information at no cost. Each participant is eligible to receive a copy of:
TIGER Kids participants will attend a total of 3 study visits over the course of approximately 2 years with the following procedures:
To qualify, participants in this study should be:
Total compensation for the completion of this study is $100.
Parents, are you ready to see if your child qualifies for the TIGER Kids study? Visit http://www.pbrc.edu/TIGERKids to screen online or call 225-763-3000.
Looking for a healthy family fun recipe to cook this summer? Check out these rainbow fruit and veggie spring rolls:
Makes about 24 rolls, 1 roll with dipping sauce is 110 kcals, 2g protein, 17g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 4g fat, 1g saturated fat, 2g monounsaturated fat, 1g polyunsaturated fat
Veggie Spring Roll Dipping sauce
Makes about 10 rolls
1 roll with vanilla yogurt is 65 kcals, 1g protein, 15g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 0g fat
Want more healthy recipes? Check out the Pennington Biomedical metabolic kitchen website! www.pbrc.edu/kitchen
Baton Rouge Moms Weekend Roundup: Family Friendly Things To Do in Baton Rouge April 8th – 9th
2017 Baton Rouge Blues Festival
LSU Rural Life Museum‘s An Old Fashioned Easter Celebration
1:00pm until 4:00pm
Children ages 2 through 8 will have the opportunity to enjoy customs associated with Easter in Louisiana. Children will be able to participate in many activities such as egg dying, egg pacquing, leg races and an Easter egg hunt. Admission: $5.00 per person with children under 2 admitted at no charge.
The perfect date night or moms night out is just around the corner. Imagine an evening stroll through gardens and outdoor dining, with Gourmet delights and cocktails from many of the best restaurants and bars in Baton Rouge. Gourmet in the Garden is an affordable yet elegant outdoor fine dining experience among the fragrance of flowers in a beautiful botanic gardens setting. Join us for a lovely evening while supporting the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and the not for profit Louisiana Culinary Institute Foundation .
In previous years, Gourmet in the Garden has featured a multitude of local chefs presenting their unique recipes made with local flavors of Louisiana. This year, the annual event Cocktails in the Garden will be combined with Gourmet in the Garden to enhance the guest’s experience by combining food and drink. Kirk Holder will be providing the soundtrack to this magical evening of food, drinks and dancing under the stars.
During the event, the chefs and mixologists will compete for the People’s Choice Award as well as a judged first, second and third prize in their respective categories.
Gourmet in the Garden benefits educational programs through the Louisiana Culinary Institute Foundation and the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden and is sponsored in part by Republic National Distributing Company.
WHEN: Thursday, April 20th, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WHERE: LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
PURCHASE TICKETS: www.gig2017.eventbrite.com
Tickets for the 2017 Gourmet in the Garden include food and drink tastings from more than 20 local restaurants and bars. Tickets must be purchased online through Eventbrite.
Tickets can be purchased from April 1 until noon the day of the event for $65. In the event that Gourmet in the Garden is not sold out, tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $70.
GIVEAWAY: TWO TICKETS to Gourmet in the Garden ($130 value)
We are excited to partner with Mistletoe Market of Baton Rouge for their FIRST Spring Market, Mistletoe in March!! Eighteen years ago, two women entrepreneurs were on a mission to develop a market where local vendors could create a memorable shopping experience and it has grown to be more than they could have ever imagined! What started with 10 vendors, has now grown to over 120 vendors, and from just a handful of shoppers to now an expected 6,000 shoppers… and now TWO markets a year…holiday and SPRING!
Mistletoe in the Morning ViP Shopping Experience will be taking place Saturday Nov. 12th
What is included?
Baton Rouge Moms has partnered with Mistletoe Market of Baton Rouge to giveaway TWO Tickets to Mistletoe in March Enchanted Tea Party! Simply enter via our Raffflecopter below. Winners will be announced Monday at 8pm!
Being a mom to an infant or toddler is hard work. We know. With everything else going on, sometimes moms miss a very important aspect of their children’s well-being: their dental health. Statistically, 28% of children ages 2 to 5 will have dental caries in their primary teeth. That statistic is alarming to us pediatric dentists! We’re here to provide some helpful tips for your child to avoid early childhood dental caries and to promote a lifetime of healthy smiles, the first thing is to make sure you hire the right dentist, like Family Dentist, Mark S. Frey, DDS. He is honestly the best dentist who can work with kids and make them feel comfortable, that´s where I take my kids and that´s where you should take yours. But if I can´t go to him, what I do is to make sure the dentist I use knows about parramatta dental surgery, it will show you how much they care about what they do, the last time I went to the dentist I found one that gave use to Dental Marketing Ninjas: Local Search Optimization – Dominating Local Search and I was pretty surprised by their skills.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule your child’s first dental checkup, you can visit www.ascensionsmiles.com. Our Board Certified Pediatric Dentist is here to help!
“Ask the Experts” is a series on Baton Rouge Moms where local experts share their thoughts, opinions and answer questions relating to health, wellness, parenting and living in Baton Rouge.
Disclaimer: The purpose of this site is to share BRM moms’ experiences with food, fitness, health and life as well as opinions from some of our local experts. This content is for informational purposes only and isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice. When it comes to your health or the health of your child, please be sure to contact your physician.
Happy Birthday, Baton Rouge!! 200 years ago today, on January 17, 1817, the Legislature incorporated the city of Baton Rouge. Now, 200 years later we’re celebrating this milestone with a year-long celebration including bicentennial themed events, festivities, exhibits, products, and more! Throughout 2017, as Baton Rouge celebrates its 200th year of incorporation, Baton Rouge Moms will be celebrating too. Our biggest event of the year, “Baton Rouge Moms’ Night Out – Bicentennial Birthday Bash”, will celebrate Baton Rouge’s bicentennial birthday and the women living, loving and mothering in Baton Rouge.
Details are coming together, it’s sure to be a night of Baton Rouge themed fun with lots of pampering for moms and community engagement from some of our favorite local Baton Rouge businesses! We will continue posting details on our Facebook event page as they become available. If you or your business would like to partner with Baton Rouge Moms for our Baton Rouge Bicentennial Birthday Bash please send us an email!
To stay up to date with the year long celebration be sure to follow Baton Rouge 200 for information on Baton Rouge’s Bicentennial events, things to do and how you can get involved. You will find resources for kids, such as coloring pages, educational materials and fun activity sheets to learn more about the city of Baton Rouge and its rich history.
Our friends at Visit Baton Rouge asked the community about their favorite things to do in Baton Rouge and complied a list of 200 Things To Do, our great city offers a plethora of fun for everyone. You will also find a Baton Rouge history timeline and slideshow thanks to the East Baton Rouge Parish Library.
There is so much to love about Baton Rouge… from the people, the food and small businesses to our historical gems, our football and our beautiful oaks. Tell us what YOU love about Baton Rouge and you could win TWO tickets to our Moms’ Night Out – Bicentennial Birthday Bash! Enter on our Facebook post HERE.
This will be the best birthday party Baton Rouge has ever seen!
BASIS Charter School is exploring the possibility of expanding into Baton Rouge for the 2018 school year! This is a great opportunity for Baton Rouge parents to learn about and explore alternative options for educating their children in the Baton Rouge area. We all want the best for our children educationally. The question, and sometimes dilemma, is how do we achieve this? The more options we have the better, all children are different and usually learn differently too. BASIS Charter School is open and transparent about their learning culture because they understand that choosing a school is an eminently personal decision.
The nationally-ranked BASIS.ed academic program was founded on the notion that any student can be taught to love learning. Thanks to their passionate and supportive K–12 subject expert teachers and STEM-inspired, liberal arts curriculum, BASIS students are prepared for future successes in higher education and beyond.
BASIS.ed students consistently rank among the top in the world in critical thinking and problem solving in math, reading, and science. A BASIS.ed education is a blend of the rigorous standards seen around the world plus the ingenuity and creativity so often associated with American education.
In their K–4 program, students are not just taught content, but also the necessary skills of organization, time management, and study habits. The BASIS.ed curriculum includes a wide array of classes ranging from English and Math/Science to Mandarin, Physical Education (both traditional and Kenpo), Music, Drama, and Art. Additionally, BASIS.ed is proud to offer their signature Connections courses for grades 1–4.
There are two different kinds of Connection courses: “All Connections” focuses on the knowledge students acquire in their other classes and brings it all together, presenting students with scenarios in which they work in small groups to solve problems, drawing on the entirety of their learning. “Fine Arts Connections” does the same, but focuses on their Fine Arts knowledge acquired in Music, Drama, and Art.
The curriculum for students in grades 5–7 is the foundation that makes possible the academic achievements of the upper school. Students in 5th grade take Latin, General Science, Physical Geography, Math, Classics, English, PE, Art, and Music. Students in 6th grade study Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Math, English, U.S. History, and Latin, and also choose an elective. Electives include Band, Drama, Guitars, and Creative Writing.
Please join BASIS Charter Schools on Tue, March 21, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT on Woman’s Hospital campus (Conference Rooms 1, 2 and 3) to learn more about our model that includes: student accountability, mandarin (starting in Kindergarten), organizational skills/time management, and 100% college acceptance rate (into a 4 year college).
The holidays may have ended for some, but Louisiana continues to celebrate with Mardi Gras! King Cake truly is the demise of many New Year’s resolutions, but how can we resist this buttery danish pastry, sweetened with dusted sugar, icing and a plethora of flavored fillings? Not us! Here are the top 5 King Cakes in Baton Rouge according to YOU, Baton Rouge moms! Enjoy this trail of delicious King Cakes, try them all to decide the best for yourself.
Rouses – Rouses oval-shaped king cakes are made with our exclusive gourmet cinnamon dough, iced, and sprinkled with decorative sugars in the carnival colors of purple (for justice), green (for faith), and gold (for power). Your choice of traditional or one of our tasty fillings.
Calandro’s King Cake– With over 50 flavors, you’re sure to find the perfect King Cake at Calandro’s, learn more in the video below!
LeBlanc’s – Said to have bigger cakes with more filling, you can get your fresh Kings Cakes at all LeBlanc’s stores or have them shipped!
Be sure to check out our complete Mardi Gras Guide with parade schedule, full list of King Cake locations, Mardi Gras tips for the family and more!
We have yet to ring in 2017 but King Cake season is just days away! It’s time to celebrate new beginnings and count down to more fun! We’re sure you’ve noticed that King Cakes are popping up at your favorite local markets and bakeries are taking orders so we thought it best to kick off our 2017 guide to King Cakes in Baton Rouge.
On the Christian calendar, the 12th day after Christmas is celebrated as the date that the gift-bearing Magi visited the baby Jesus. This day, January 6, is known by several names, including “Epiphany”, “Twelfth Night”, or “Kings Day”. The King Cake is a traditional reenactment of Epiphany, the day the Magi arrived in Bethlehem and presented gifts to baby Jesus the twelfth night after his birth. “Epiphany cakes” are found throughout Europe–in England, it is known as a Twelfth Night cake, Roscón de reyes or rosca de reyes (kings’ ring) is a Spanish and Latin American King Cake pastry and in France, the King Cake is known as the Gteau De Rois. All very similar and all delicious!
There are numerous places to get King Cakes in Baton Rouge and a plethora of flavors to choose from… Traditional, Cream-cheese, Chocolate, Praline, Strawberry, Apple, Raspberry to Bacon, Boudin and Maple! Below we’ve listed 25 places to get your King Cake fix in Baton Rouge and beyond. Check back at the end of the week to see the top 5 from the list via our Facebook poll!
These are not the only places to find King Cake in the Baton Rouge area but this is a great start! If we have missed one of your favorites, please let us know. Check our Facebook page for King Cake giveaways and be sure to check back for our Mardi Gras Parade Guide, tomorrow!