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LIVING THE BEST LIFE POSSIBLE: The TMS Serenity Center The largest provider of depression therapy in Houston has helped thousands and gained recognition on the Dr. Oz Show and major news outlets.

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Publisher, KIM CROSIER Whether we are ready for it or not, fall is here. The kids are already back to school and fall festivities are in full swing. This fall is especially exciting for me as I embark on a new adventure serving as publisher for absolutely! Katy. An exciting new chapter in my life, I can’t wait to get out and about in Katy and get to know the people who make our community special. Speaking of community, one of our contributors and a mainstay in the Katy community, Jason Hodge, has opened a new location. Stop by and visit Jason at MediKim Crosier cal Fitness Pros and learn about how the power of community can help you reach your fitness goals in Jason’s article on page 26. Our cover story is about a physician and a new, cutting-edge therapy that is helping people live their best lives ever. Dr. Kimberly Cress of the TMS Serenity Center has made a difference in many lives through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as an alternate, non-medication therapy for depression. This breakthrough technology has been featured on the Dr. Oz Show and is now available locally. Dr. Cress is truly changing lives. In this issue, we also celebrate the season getting our home holiday ready in our special Home Is Where The Heart Is section. Brush up on some decorating tips along with great ideas for sprucing up your home. As always, we have a variety of other great stories about people, places and happenings in this issue. Keep sending in your photos, events and story ideas. We love hearing from you, and I look forward to meeting you out and about in Katy.

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The TMS

Serenity Center

COVER STORY By Claudia Richter

The largest provider in Houston and the second largest in Texas of the most technologically advanced, non-invasive, FDA approved depression therapy that has helped thousands and gained recognition on the Dr. Oz Show and major news outlets.

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aining almost as much attention for what it doesn’t do while providing relief from depression, as what it does do to improve the lives of people suffering from the illness, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy, is an FDA approved, non-invasive outpatient therapy that has helped thousands of depression sufferers and is able to do so without some of the undesirable side effects associated with many traditional antidepressant medications. TMS Therapy has also been successful in treating anxiety. Available locally at the TMS Serenity Center in Sugar Land, Dr. Kimberly Cress has been in private practice for over 12 years. Patients come to Dr. Cress after either not seeing the improvement they were hoping for with medication or after finding that the side effects are not much better than the symptoms. Dr. Cress believes that patients deserve more and should not settle for mediocre results when it is possible to achieve so much more. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio Medical School and after completing medical school, attended Psychiatry Residency at Baylor College of Medicine where she was awarded Merit Award from the Laughlin Foundation for achievement and dedication during residency.


Dr. Cress spent two years working in the Mood Disorder Center at Baylor College of Medicine where patients are treated for refractory depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and difficult to treat mental illnesses. She has been involved in clinical trials and is a co-author in several journal articles. “I consult with patients and evaluate their symptoms,” explains Dr. Cress. “Once I review their treatment history, I am able to suggest possible treatment options.” If her findings indicate that TMS Therapy is the right way to go, she can schedule sessions immediately. The way Neurostar TMS Therapy works is through a magnetic coil, the same type and strength as produced by a magnetic resonance imaging or more commonly referred to as an MRI machine. When the treatment coil is applied to the head above the prefron-

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ccording to the standard diagnostic guide (DSM-IVTR) published by the American Psychiatric Association, depression is diagnosed when an individual is experiencing either a depressed mood or a loss of interest in pleasure plus four or more of the following symptoms during the same two-week period: • Significant weight loss (when not dieting) or weight gain (a change of more than five percent of body weight in a month) • Significant increase or decrease in appetite • Excessive sleepiness or insomnia • Agitation or restlessness • Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt nearly every day • Diminished ability to think, concentrate, or make decisions • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

tal cortex, the part of the brain involved in mood regulation, the very small electrical currents activate cells within the brain that are thought to release neurotransmitters like serotonin, norephineprine, and dopamine. Since an imbalance of these chemicals is believed to be a cause of depression, TMS is able to balance them and relieve depression, without affecting the rest of the brain. A usual course of treatment for depression includes sessions five days a week for four to six weeks but can vary from patient to patient depending on the response. The patient is fully awake during the 37 minute treatment and can watch television or listen to music while it is taking place. Since it is non-invasive and has no systemic effects, like medications, patients are able to resume normal activities and drive themselves home after treatments. Several local patients have spoken out about how Dr. Cress and TMS Therapy has changed their lives. One local couple, Mike and Linda, found their way to Dr. Cress after 10 years of trying to find help for Mike’s debilitating symptoms caused by depression. “We really found out that all doctors are not created equally,” says Mike. “When I came to the Serenity Center and met Dr. Cress, she asked me more questions than anyone else ever had at that point, and I was so impressed by how thorough she was.

Mike in a treatment room at the TMS Serenity Center with Certified TMS Technician Roxane Zotyka. I finally felt like I had someone in my corner.” For Mike, like many depression sufferers, it had taken a toll on his work, relationship with his kids, as well as his marriage. Dr. Cress impressed upon him how important it is to include a spouse in the treatment process. When it was discovered that Mike was not taking the right medications to treat his specific symptoms, he was able to start the TMS therapy and reduce the amount of medication he needed as well as eliminate some of the side effects he had been experiencing.

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Once the treatment started, it only took a couple of weeks to start noticing results. “We started noticing that we had a good day,” says Linda. “Then we had a good week and things just kept getting better.” The true test of Mike’s improved condition came when a terrible family accident occurred. Linda says that because “When our of Mike’s TMS treatment, son, who was 12 “We now have laughs, years-old at the jokes and smiles.” time, was hit by a car and critically injured, our lives were shattered,” says Mike. “I thought we were going to lose him.” Miraculously, their son survived and his recovery was so complete that he recently swam in a state championship swim meet. “I “We are living proof of am thankful for TMS Therapy,” says Mike. “Without it, I would have not the transformation we have survived this tragedy or been able to had with the help of the be there for my family the way they needed me.” TMS Serenity Center and Dr. Thankful that the years of isolaKimberly Cress, and we will tion and emptiness are over, Mike and Linda feel like their family is having always be grateful to her.” the life they thought they would never - Mike have. “We now have laughs, jokes and smiles,” says Linda. “TMS was able to set Mike free and achieve his full potential of what was in him but unable to come out while being overshadowed by depression.”

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tatistical Data from Patients at the TMS Serenity Center:

Depression Scores: • 43 Patients • 69.77% had no depression upon completing TMS Anxiety Scores: • 43 Patients • 72.09% had no anxiety upon completing TMS Data: • Less than 5% of patients stop TMS due to side effects compared to multiple side effects from medication, such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, fatigue, nausea, sweating • No adverse effects on concentration or memory • FDA approved for treatment of Major Depression since October 2008

Mike adds, “For men, it is hard to admit that they are experiencing depression, but it shows more strength by admitting to it and finding help than it does by doing nothing. We are living proof of the transformation we have had with the help of the TMS Serenity Center and Dr. Kimberly Cress, and we will always be grateful to her.” The TMS Serenity Center is located at 4545 Sweetwater Blvd. in Sugar Land. For more information, contact them at 281.240.4322 or visit tmsserenitycenter. com.

At the TMS Serenity Center 74.4% of individuals responded to TMS and 69.7% remitted. Half of these individuals completed TMS more than 6 months ago, and 100% of these individuals have remained in remission. Results at the TMS Serenity Center are better than clinical studies for two reasons. First, patients went through the TMS trials completely medication free. There is a good synergy between antidepressants and TMS in the real world. The second reason is because the TMS Serenity Center has been able to incorporate techniques from Harvard University in order to optimize treatment response for patients.

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Jason Hodge of Medical Fitness Pros in Katy has added a new health and fitness facility in response to an increased demand for his specialized services. The new 4,000-square-foot facility, located at 2004 South Mason near the Red Oak Grill in the Royal Montreal Plaza, will accommodate personal training, nutrition counseling, sports conditioning, medical fitness classes and many new services to fit a variety of health and fitness needs. Hodge has over 13 years of experience as a fitness professional and was named the Personal Trainer of the Year by the Katy community for 2007, 2008, and 2010. Hodge’s main focus is on improving the health of people in the Katy community, and he prides himself on the many success stories of local clients who have been able to achieve their fitness goals and attain a healthier and more satisfying lifestyle under his supervision. Many times through a partnership with a client’s personal physician, a fitness program is tailor made to fit specific conditions required. Hodge serves on several committees and has published numerous articles for local magazines as he truly loves helping people and providing educational tools for healthy choices. For more information on Hodge or Medical Fitness Pros, visit mfpros.com or call 281-500-6055.


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The Foundation By Henry Dibrell

“Non-profit organizations, like churches, foundations, ministries, and other charities, are at the foundation of our great nation.”

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t the July 2012 board meeting, we took a tremendous step forward for education here in Katy ISD. While the bulk of our community was vacationing, getting ready for school, and counting down the days until the beginning of football season, your Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the Katy ISD Educational Foundation. The purpose of the foundation is to work with individuals and companies to help fund programs that KISD does not have the resources to fund, like robotics and other S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) type programs. This organization has a 501 C 3 status and exists to support the students of Katy ISD. Their mission statement is: The Katy ISD Educational Foundation will provide resources to enrich teaching, inspire learning, and enhance opportunities for all students enrolled in the Katy Independent School district.

Throughout this debate, many questions arose from members of our community. I would like to take this opportunity to address some of those questions and concerns. Why have a foundation in Katy ISD? Many of you know me as member of the Katy Board of Trustees. This is not a paid position which means I have a day job. My day job is Executive Director of the Amobi Okoye Foundation, a 501 C 3 organization based in Katy doing work across the U.S. and in Africa. I have worked in the nonprofit arena for the past 20 years. Nonprofit organizations, like churches, foundations, ministries, and other charities, are at the “foundation” of our great nation. The freedom for one to give of their hard earned resources, to give of their limited

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time and God given talents to help those in need is one of the things that makes America great and unique. I believe that we should keep government small and efficient, allowing people to keep more of their hard earned money that they can use if they choose to support a charity of their choice; that’s my America. Now, those in this great community can choose to give or not give to the Katy ISD Educational Foundation. They can choose to direct their funds to the programs they see fit. They can choose to support robotics or athletics, supplies for teachers, or some other innovative program that is new to our district. The foundation can solicit corporate dollars and grant funding that will enhance the educational experience of all the students in Katy ISD.

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Some might question the transparency of this foundation. Every non-church 501 C 3 must file an IRS form 990 or 990T yearly disclosing its donations and expenditures. This form 990 is public record and can be found on the IRS website. All of the records of any 501 C 3 organization are public. Furthermore, an organization that wishes to obtain grant funding is subject to yearly financial audits from an outside accounting firm. I want to thank every member of the Board of Directors for the Katy ISD Educational Foundation for their voluntary service to benefit the children of Katy. I pray for your success and growth. Here is a link to their website: http://www.katyisd.org/ foundation/Pages/AboutUs.aspx. Please take a look at this wonderful organization, and please support it and its mission. Also, I would like to say welcome back to school. I’m looking forward to a great year. Students, work hard; do your parents and our district proud. Parents, I will say to you what I tell myself at the beginning of each school year: enjoy this time because it passes by very quickly. This year, our oldest daughter is a senior at Katy High School. It seems like just yesterday she was running around the house in diapers. Time does fly, so enjoy every minute. Again welcome back! Now, let’s play some football! See y’all at Rhodes Stadium.


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The talented members of the Cinco Ranch High School Bravo Show Choir will present The World Goes Round – a revue of the music of John Kander and Fred Ebb. The energetic, entertaining performance will include songs such as All That Jazz, Mr. Cellophane, New York, New York, and Maybe This Time just to name a few. Performance dates are September 20th, 21st and 22nd at 7:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center at Cinco Ranch High School. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for Gold Card members. Tickets are available by contacting DorothyjWilson@katyisd.org, or by calling 281-2375204. Pictured are: Eubie Pabilona, Eric Morgan, and Austin Crosby; Miles Ellis, Reid Akers, Victoria Sweitzer, Jesse DeFranco, Kimberly Coolidge, Hannah Ballard, Matthew Hubble, Carlos Torres, Scotty Lewis, Rachel Treistman, Ryan Pierson, Madison Rice, and Connor Ughetta; Eric Ander, Meredith Taylor, David Tait, Jessica Melancon, Maria Dean, Morgan Manley, Allie Kane and Ashley Shipp.

Connolly Dance Arts Performing Company placed first in their category and first overall in their age group in the Finals at the Stage One Nationals 2012. Pictured are Kiki Fernandez, Kristy Vogelsang, Erin Horne, Libby Smith, Skylar Devers and Kathryn Fuller. Pictured at the Korean Armistice Day Remembrance are VFW Post 9182 members Joe Reynolds, Pat Adams, Charles White, Louis Mehr, and Todd Spiller. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 remembered the 59th Anniversary of the Signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement - Cease Fire - at the VFW Veterans Memorial Museum. The newly renovated museum is located at 6206 George Bush Drive in Katy. Pictured from VFW Post 9182 are members Charlie White, Pat Adams, Louis Mehr, David Nixon, John Webster, E.C. King and Todd Spiller. For information about VFW Post 9182, contact Commander Dave Brasell, VFW at 281-391-8387.

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H O M E F E ATURE By Claudia Ric h t e r

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Texas Hill Country. It’s not something that jumps right out at you, but there are special touches and furnishings throughout that give it that look and feel. Situated on a two-acre lot with a creek

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lifestyle quiet and peaceful. The homeown-

The dining room boasts a 10-foot table that makes room for large family gatherings. The buffet and hutch was purchased with the table, and the room is a special place for the homeowners.

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The corbels with Texas stars are faux painted. The homeowners wanted to incorporate them without too much fanfare but just enough to show their love of Texas. They have about 60 stars throughout the home including drawer pulls.


Pool Table The game room has large cathedral ceilings over a pool table and spacious area to relax. The chairs came from the homeowner’s mother-in-law, and they have been recovered in cowhides, an idea that came from the homeowner herself.

Wet Bar The homeowners found the sink in a little store and ordered the granite from a custom dealer in Pattison.

Master Bathroom Not big on Jacuzzi tubs, the homeowner opted for an oldfashioned claw foot tub that her grandchildren love to bathe in.

Star This star, situated in the entry way, was a special feature designed by the flooring company.

Family Room and Kitchen The heart of the home for a family of cooks, the spacious kitchen and family room is perfect for entertaining.

Kitchen People typically gather around the appetizers placed on the bar or can opt to pitch in and help, as often happens in this beautifully appointed kitchen.

Back Yard With a requisite pool and covered porch, the one-acre back yard has a full vegetable garden, herb garden and outdoor kitchen with all the bells and whistles.

Home Front With a Texas flagstone walkway and a stone façade, this beautiful Fulbrook neighborhood home sits on a beautifully landscaped lot and has friendly neighbors.

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g n i t a r o c e d e R m o o aR H O M E F E ATURE By Kelly N o l a n

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How will I use this room? Is this a main room that will get a lot of use, or is it a secondary room that may be used just occasionally? If it will get a lot of use day in and day out, you want to think of seating and the layout of the furniture. You may have a big family or maybe you will entertain frequently and need more seating. If it isn’t a main room in your house, maybe you want to design it without the television being a focal point. What would the focal point in your room be? Maybe a great bookcase for reading material or a room that could center around a hobby of yours.

What furniture do I need, and what should the layout be? It is very important to have a furniture layout scaled to your room. Check the measurements of pieces before purchasing them to insure they will fit your space nicely. Mistakes are made when you see a piece you love, buy it, and bring it home and it doesn’t fit! It may be too big and take over the room, or it

may be too small and get lost. Make sure you have a focal point to center around: a view, a bed or the entertainment unit when you start to place the furniture. Also, don’t forget about the walkway and flow. You want to easily move around the room without getting blocked by a piece of furniture.

What should my color scheme be? This may depend largely on where the room is located in your house. Is it a space open to other rooms? Then I would have them flow with the colors that you already have going on in the other spaces. If you want it to be a little different, maybe the secondary color in your other room becomes your main color. Is your room off separate and open to a new color palate? Ask yourself what is your favorite color? Do you want a calm room or a bold bright room? This is your chance for something different! Remember, when redesigning a room, a good game plan is important. It can save you a lot of headaches and even save you time. Happy decorating!

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H O M E F E ATURE By Sophia Vas s i l i o u

Collect Yourself

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ncorporating collections of favorite or unusual things in your home décor scheme not only makes for interesting displays, as an added bonus, they will also free up storage space. When starting a collection, it is great to find something that really speaks to you aesthetically and organically. This is about what interests you – your favorite things. I have worked with clients who have everything from American vintage pottery to Murano glass pieces scattered throughout their home. One client had a fabulous hat collection stored away and another had natural skin, handmade boots hidden. When items are grouped together and displayed well, you have a wonderful, but more importantly, an unexpected collection. Personally, I like chairs. Naturally they’re important in my design work, but I appreciate the history, craftsmanship, function and beauty of them. A

client gave me a small Shaker Chair lapel pin after we had successfully found the life-size ones needed for her kitchen. That led to my small chair collection exhibited on a wall with others ones I have restored and painted. Collecting is an easy, affordable project that grows as you find new treasures and serves as a wonderful design addition to your space. And, they can be great conversation pieces in your home. For more information on collecting or other design projects, contact Sophia Designs at www.sophiadesigns.com.

Find an area that is easily seen like a bookshelf or wall area. Install or hang pieces depending on what they are. The area should be well lit for a pleasing arrangement.

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advantage of any services offered that will help your child better prepare for and understand what they will be going through. For example, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus has dedicated child life specialists who form a bond with pediatric patients while preparing them for surgery. Our child life specialists take children into a mock operating room where we can simulate what they will see, hear and smell in the room. The child life team tries to make the process as predictable for your child as possible on the day of their actual surgery so the team not only talks to your child at an age appropriate level and explains what will happen before and after their surgery, but also how they will feel when they wake up. Child life specialists also help parents talk to their children about surgery since parents may struggle with knowing what to say and what not to say. These specialists can help you choose the most appropriate words to describe the surgery and hospital visit.


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WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF TREATING CHILDREN? It’s important for pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists to remember that children are vastly different from adults. Everything from their anatomy to their psyche is still developing and differs from child to child. For this reason, pediatric surgeons and anesthesiologists are much more accustomed to being able to adapt to the individual patient and treat them in a manner conducive with their precise size, medical history, age and tolerance. Communication is also an important element. Building trust with patients and their families is important when explaining procedures to them while anticipating and mitigating their fears. It’s important to be able to read, comprehend and respond to non-verbal cues from various age groups as well since we treat infants, toddlers and young children in addition to adolescents and teenagers.

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aty is a wonderful place to live because of the people that make up the community. We take our education system very seriously compared to other areas in the country, and it gets noticed. The community mindset has determined the importance of education, and it has pushed us to continue to improve on a consistent basis. The power of community is extremely effective in creating success for everyone. In that same sense, your fitness success is determined by the support and mindset of others in the community as well. It’s easy to think of fitness as your own personal focus and responsibility because in some ways, it is. It is up to you to take care of your health, not others, but your community (those you surround yourself with) will determine your likelihood of success. There are three primary things that you should pay attention to if you are focused on trying to lose weight or get in better shape.

Words When you are with your friends or family, what types of things do you discuss? When I sit next to groups of people, I find it so disheartening to hear the negative talk about how fat they are or how horrible they think they look. We say things about ourselves that we would never say about someone else. And if we did talk about someone else the way we are talking about our own shortcomings, how successful do you think they would be after all of the berating we had done to them? You can’t use negative reinforcement on yourself and expect to be successful. You have to realize who you are inside and what you are capable of. You have to start living who you want to be and not what you see in the mirror. It’s important that if you want to be healthy, you notice and reinforce healthy habits. Treat yourself like you would someone else. Be encouraging, motivating, and positive. When you are with your friends, build each other up, encourage each other

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and be positive influences on one another. If you want to be successful, try making others successful. You will be surprised at how easily your success will come through that one act alone.

Spare Time What do you do in your spare time? Do you typically come home from a long day of sitting at the computer and sit down in front of the couch because you are tired? Or do you call up friends and family and find something active to do? Use your spare time to get rid of your spare tire. It doesn’t have to be time consuming to see change. Start small by going for a walk, or throw around a frisbee with others. It may not be perfect, traditional “exercise,” but it’s much better than sitting on the couch. What kinds of fun things can you do with others that will get you moving? As you begin to surround yourself with others who are active, you will become more active. Sometimes you will initiate it, and sometimes they will. The key is find others to do activities with. You are never too old to have fun. Take the time to do things outside of your comfort zone, and it could drastically improve your health and your life.

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Food Being from Louisiana, I know how important food is, especially when socializing. If you go over to someone else’s house, food will often be involved in some way. When you have a get-together, what kind of food is involved? Is it healthy? Your first reaction might be, “This is for a special occasion, so it’s ok to eat bad.” But why can’t it taste good and be healthy for you too? Odds are that you eat out at a restaurant or over at someone else’s house more than once a week. When you are surrounded by others, try to choose or bring healthier options. Restaurants can often give you suggestions on healthy options, and there are numerous recipes that are available online that are healthy. I often get asked to make my delicious chili when I attend social gatherings. Don’t tell anyone this, but they have no idea that it’s a Cooking Light recipe that is healthy and easy for me to make. Our little secret.

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MEDICAL BRIEFS

Texas School Food Allergy Guidelines Set to Make an Impact Thanks to Efforts of Student and Family Advocates Texas becomes 15th state to adopt statewide guidelines for management of food allergies in a school setting School food allergy guidelines in TexPublished research has shown that 1 as were published in May – the result of in 13 children in the U.S. – roughly two in a dedicated effort by children, parents, every classroom – has food allergies. Eveducators, healthcare professionals, and ery three minutes, a food allergy reaction policymakers to ensure that schools are sends someone to the emergency room for prepared to care for kids with potentially treatment. life-threatening food allergies. Mike Lade, a food allergy parent from Last year, children from across Texas Houston, Vice Chair of FAAN’s Board gathered on the steps of the capitol in Ausof Directors and a member of the ad-hoc tin for a rally to call attention for the need committee noted, “The guidelines provide for statewide food allergy management all Texas school districts with the knowlguidelines. Together with their parents, edge they need to understand and manage and supported by numerous organizations food allergies and the risk of anaphylaxis including the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxin the school environment. Importantly, is Network (FAAN) and the Food Allergy the guidelines address the steps that evInitiative (FAI), they reached their goal to ery Texas school can take to prevent reachelp make schools safer for kids like them. tions from occurring on school campuses, “We have so many kids with food alto recognize the symptoms of a reaction, to Michael Lade with son Andrew during the lergies in Texas. Our schools need help in administer lifesaving epinephrine, and to 2009 Houston Food Allergy Walk. The 2012 understanding the risks we face every day enact emergency protocols when needed.” walk will tale place on September 8th. and how to better manage them. I was Laurie Combe, school health issues proud to be among the students who succhair for the Texas School Nurses Organicessfully advocated for this law,” said Madeleine Sides, age zation said, “The guidelines encourage collaboration among 14, who is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. all stakeholders and provide a set of proven practices that The guidelines are the result of SB 27, a bill that was auwill make the entire school staff more efficient and effective thored by Senator Judith Zaffirini and sponsored by Reprein keeping food-allergic students safe at school. All schools sentative Dan Branch. “Schools should be safe havens for all in Texas will benefit from the new guidelines.” children, including those with food allergies,” Zaffirini said. “Studies have shown that 16-18 percent of food allergy “These guidelines will help save lives and are a testament to reactions happen in schools, and that children are at risk the dedication of the children with food allergies and their for having their first allergic reaction in school,” said Mary parents who were among our most persuasive advocates for Jane Marchisotto, Executive Director, FAI. “We applaud this important legislation.” Texas for taking a leadership role in establishing these Public school districts and open-enrollment charter guidelines.” schools must adopt and administer policies for the care of The Texas guidelines provide a comprehensive overview students with food allergies at risk for anaphylaxis, based on of food allergy and anaphylaxis, signs and symptoms of a rethe published guidelines, by August 1, 2012. action, treatment of anaphylaxis, how to develop and impleThe guidelines were developed by the Texas Department ment emergency care plans, training for school staff, and of State Health Services along with an ad-hoc committee more. They also call for a focus on environmental controls in of experts that included representatives from FAAN; FAI; the school setting and provide guidance for school districts the Texas School Nurses Organization; the Texas Pediatric to consider obtaining non-student specific epinephrine as alSociety; the Texas Medical Association; the Texas Allergy, lowed by Texas law. Asthma and Immunology Society; school staff and school adFor more information about food allergy, visit www.foodministrators. allergy.org and www.faiusa.org.

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EVENTS All Month

Wednesdays, 1 – 3 pm Knitting and Crochet Club

September 20, 2012

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The Harris County Public Library Katy Branch Knitting and Crochet Club is the place for crafters! Gather each Wednesday afternoon to learn new techniques, teach someone else your expertise, or simply spend time with other crafters. Come and join the club! The class is located in the library’s Meeting Room at 5414 Franz Road in Katy. For more information, call 281-391-3509.

September 6th 9:30 am

Nottingham Country Garden Club The Nottingham Country Garden Club (NCGC) will feature Linda B. Gay, the former Director of the Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Humble. Linda will present Plant Scents (Sense) for Summer Shade Gardens. Meet and greet time begins at 9:30 am, and the program will start at 10 am followed by the NCGC Meeting. For more information, visit www.nottinghamgardenclub.org or call 281-492-2175. Everyone interested in gardening and gardeningrelated areas from West Houston and the Katy area are welcome. You do not have to live in Nottingham Country to belong to the group.

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September 22nd 8 am

Just Run for a Just Cause Enjoy a family-friendly 1 mile walk or 5k or 10k run to support local initiatives to fight for the rights of the oppressed. Cost for the 1 mile run / walk is $25 or $35 for the 5k or 10k run. The race is located at Kingsland Baptist Church, 20555 Kingsland Boulevard in Katy. Register by September 20th at www.kingslandjustice.com/justrun-2012 and receive a 5k or 10k training schedule.

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The Chevy Traverse is the future of large SUVs.

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nless you live on a ranch or own an oil well, there’s no need to own a giant SUV like a Chevy Suburban. Instead, take a look at a large crossover vehicle (CUV) like the Chevrolet Traverse. It can still haul a gaggle of teenagers or a horde of middle schoolers but gets better gas mileage than the SUVs of yore. And, as the driver, you’ll appreciate its more refined driving characteristics. Back in 2006, General Motors introduced the Buick Enclave, their first large CUV built on the Lambda platform. The following year brought the GMC Acadia and a year later, the Chevrolet Traverse, both based on the Lambda. All three are great vehicles and yet all three offer something different, but I call the Traverse the large CUV for everyone. The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is a great replacement for folks who own a Suburban or a Tahoe but hate the lousy gas mileage they get with those traditional SUVs. The Traverse carries the same people and cargo load as a Tahoe and does it without killing you at the gas pump. The only engine option in the Traverse is a 281 hp, 3.6-liter V6 that gets EPA estimated fuel economy numbers of 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. In contrast, the Chevy Tahoe gets 15 mpg city/ 21 mpg highway. The Tahoe is also more expensive with expected higher maintenance costs. The base Traverse has an MSRP $29,660. But, if you want all the good stuff, it’ll cost you. When you move up from the base trim, you get larger wheels, rear parking sensors, heated mirrors, an eight-way power driver seat, Bluetooth and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Move up to the next level and add an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, a power lift gate, tri-zone automatic climate control, remote ignition, seven-passenger seating, a rearview camera and a 10-speaker Bose sound system with a USB/iPod interface and rear audio system controls. The full-on luxed out version comes with 20-inch wheels, power-folding mirrors, leather upholstery with heated and cooled front seats, a navigation system, dual sunroofs and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, but expect that to kick up the MSRP another $10k. The Chevy Traverse is the future of large SUVs. They will continue to make them, but they will engineer them to be more efficient both in terms of space and fuel economy. It’s a good thing for all of us.

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