Marian Hope Center’s Co-Founder, Angie Knight, has been selflessly providing quality speech-language therapy and consultation services in Eastern Jackson County for many years.  Her research, experience, and eye-witness accounts of success with nutritional intervention have inspired her to expand and strengthen the nutritional support offered to families at the Marian Hope Center… 

I have been witnessing the astonishing affects of a healthy diet on the behavior and development of children for years.

I have seen children with severe Autism and behavior disorders change drastically before my own eyes.

I have seen many unhappy children become happy and many sick children become well.

Yet, I am amazed that the majority of families still resist changing “mainstream” dietary habits. I understand that to make these changes it takes time to learn, energy and a little extra expense. However, we cannot put a cost on the health and development of our children or ourselves. We are a nation filled with sickness and disease. Childhood epidemics are out of control…from severe asthma, allergies, eczema, GI issues, ADD, ADHD, Autism and other developmental delays, behavior/psychological disorders, childhood cancer, etc.

It breaks my heart that we as a nation have allowed disease to take root and grow out of control. We need to put our health and the health of our children in our own hands! Marian Hope Center (MHC) has embraced this change and wants to encourage and support our families as they take their steps toward a healthier lifestyle.

Our mission at MHC is to help all children reach their great God-given potential.  We see and believe that when children receive a nutrient-rich diet their ability to think and focus are increased, enabling them to learn and achieve at far higher levels.

– Angie Knight, M.A., CCC-SLP

Here are five of the ways MHC is responding to Angie’s call to offer nutritional support:

1. MHC hosts a Nutritional Management Support Group on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM.  Making dietary changes can be a challenge and feel overwhelming.  This support group will uplift and motivate you!  Our meetings provide families an opportunity to share successes, struggles, questions, recipes, and more.  We occasionally host guest speakers or watch films to gain more information.  These meetings are open to anyone who is interested – you do not need to sign up or register to attend.  If you are unable to attend meetings, but would like information, our group also communicates frequently via email.  Click here for more information about our monthly meetings and to sign up for our Yahoo! email group.

2. Our Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Registered Dietician offer feeding classes and individual therapy services to children with feeding concerns.  We are very excited to have recently added Blakely Page, Registered Dietician, to our staff.  She and our other staff members share a passion for helping children to reach their full potential and to gain lifelong healthy habits.  Click here to see a full list of classes currently offered.

3. MHC coordinates a mentoring program for parents.  We have several parents who have transformed from relying on fast-food and prepackaged meals to preparing whole foods for dinner – and their kids love it!  If you’d like to email or visit with one of these parents to hear their story, get tips and tricks, or even have someone walk you through the aisles of a local health food store for tips and ideas, we can make that happen!  Please email Angie Knight to request a nutrition mentor.

4. We are hosting a Health & Nutrition Conference, Boost Brain Power! at Truman Medical Center – Lakewood this Saturday, February 23rd from 9:00-2:00. Our three speakers and expert panel Q&A session will provide you with life-changing and inspiring information.  Get event details and register here.  Even if you can only attend 1 or 2 presentations, it is worth any scheduling headaches you may have to endure to be there.

5. We promote good nutrition daily by offering healthy snacks.  We have a wide variety of healthy options and gluten-free and casein-free foods for snacks.  We try to limit processed foods and do not use products containing high-fructose corn syrup or artificial colors.  We individualize the foods we offer to meet the needs and allergy restrictions of all of the children.  We utilize the positive power of peer pressure to encourage children to try a wider variety of foods.

We hope you will join us in our goal to help improve our children’s lives through better nutrition!  Please feel free to leave comments with any questions or ideas for other ways MHC can help your family with nutritional changes.

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  1. Angie – it was great to meet you last night. What you are doing for these children is incredible and inspiring. I am always looking for recommendations for my patients that are desperate for help and tired of piling on more medications. I wish there was more I could do to help them…but I am working on staying educated to help them and direct them to organizations like yours. Could you add my email to any information you send out? I am also interested in your local farmer’s info and you had mentioned someone you know makes cultured veggies as well?

    Thanks again,
    Melissa Gilkison Pharm D

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