Montgomery Heart & Wellness Partners with Texas A&M to Combat Childhood Obesity and Diabetes in Schools with Innovative Healthy Food for Healthy Schools Program

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Montgomery Heart & Wellness, a cardiovascular center specializing in the treatment and reversal of cardiovascular diseases and other chronic illnesses with nutritional intervention, partners with Texas A&M University to create the “Healthy Foods for Healthy Schools” nutrition intervention program.

The role that nutrition plays in our health and intellectual function is most vital to our children. The Healthy Food for Healthy Schools program will utilize optimal nutrition for improving health, fitness,
and academic achievement.

According to the American Heart Association, about one in three American children and teenagers are overweight or obese. As a cardiologist specializing in nutrition, Dr. Baxter Montgomery knows this all too well, and has recently focused much of his energy on helping to create an innovative new program to promote healthy eating habits in schools. Along with Texas A&M University, Dr. Montgomery has helped draft and prepare a detailed, seven month program aimed to optimize middle-school students’ health through a manualized nutrition program tailored to affect their food-related behaviors. The goal of this program is to see improved health and academic achievement in participating middle school and junior high students.

The “Healthy Foods for Healthy Schools” program consists of initial training and orientation for students and their guardians, a three week summer camp for students, and post camp activities, such as healthy food incentives and behavioral support sessions. Knowledgeable and supportive professionals will be acting as a mentors and facilitators through every step of this program, making it fun and educational for all parties.

The “Healthy Foods for Healthy Schools” proposal states: “Nutrition plays a role in many aspects of our lives including our health, fitness, social interactions and intellectual function. However, the role that nutrition plays in our health and intellectual function is most vital to our children. Hence, The Healthy Food for Healthy Schools program will utilize optimal nutrition as the sole intervention for improving health, fitness, and academic achievement in students.”

The Montgomery Heart & Wellness center has a proven track record of successfully helping people to manage their nutrition and exercise habits, enabling them to live healthier lives. Dr. Montgomery lends this expertise to every aspect of the “Healthy Foods for Healthy Schools” program, hoping to prepare these young students to make healthy decisions for the rest of their lives.

About Dr. Baxter Montgomery:

Baxter Montgomery, M.D., is a busy cardiologist in Houston, TX. As a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Texas and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, he manages arrhythmias and coronary disease, performs angiography, defibrillator implants, and other hospital procedures, and teaches young physicians.

But in 2002, he had to take stock of his own health. At age 38, his cholesterol was far into the not-so-healthy zone. Around the same time, his mother, who had had heart disease and diabetes, succumbed to complications of her illness and of the medications used to treat it.

This wake-up call made him re-evaluate not only his own health, but also his approach to medicine. Digging into the scientific literature and nutrition books, he came to some stark conclusions. A healthy diet was plant-based, and animal-based foods had to go. He changed his diet, got his cholesterol down, and began to build nutritional teaching into his practice. His patients welcomed his nutritional advice, but many needed more instruction than they would ordinarily get during an office visit. So he set up special group sessions on Saturdays, giving them the time and attention they needed. He developed more and more programs to teach patients, and then built a series of conferences to reach the larger community.

About Montgomery Heart & Wellness:

Montgomery Heart & Wellness is a cardiology practice and wellness center in Houston that offers a comprehensive approach to help people transform from conditions of sickness to wellness and eventually optimal health. Dr. Baxter Montgomery, the founder, is a Board Certified Cardiologist and Cardiac Electrophysiologist with years of experience in the latest state-of-the-art medical practices and nutritional health. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Texas and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. In addition to running Montgomery Heart & Wellness, he manages arrhythmias and coronary disease, performs angiographies, defibrillator implants, and other hospital procedures, and teaches young physicians. He has also developed a diet plan for diabetes and a heart disease reversal diet.

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