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Mamas Night Out at the Children’s Hospital (and enter to win 30 of Qdoba’s Mini Street Tacos)

Most of us are familiar with The Children’s Hospital of Denver’s top-notch medical services.

On Thursday, Mile High Mamas met at the hospital to learn about how moms like you can significantly impact the landscape of Colorado’s public policies. We also dined on Qdoba Mexican Grill’s new Mini Street Tacos.

Nothing like changing the world one Mama’s Night Out at a time.

Advocacy Program

Have you ever gone to bat for your child when there was a problem at school? If so, you already know about being an advocate. The hospital’s advocacy efforts rely on the strength and action of The Children’s Hospital Grassroots Advocacy Network. They are looking for people like you who care about kids’ well-being and want to make a difference.

Over four thousand people currently participate in the Network, which joins the voices of physicians, healthcare professionals, patients and families with business leaders and community members to speak up clearly and powerfully for kids when public policy decisions are made. The great thing about this network is you can be as active as you would like by sharing information or just being on their mailing list so you can stay informed about what issues may impact your kids at the legislative session. Go to thechildrenshospital.org/give/advocacy for additional information and to sign up for this very important program.

Sports Nutrition and Concussion Care for Young Athletes: A Parent and Coaches Seminar

Concussions are a serious problem for active kids. Join The Children’s Hospital on Sunday, April 17 from 2-3 p.m. at The Wildlife Experience for an educational seminar for parents and coaches about important sports medicine topics, specifically concussion, nutrition and sleep habits. The Children’s Hospital Government affairs team will also provide an update on SB-40, the Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act (the proposed bill requires that coaches of all youth athletic activities be educated annually in concussion recognition) and what it means for you. Go here to register.

Children’s Hospital Resources

Few people know about the hospital’s extensive Web site. It goes beyond finding doctors and provides relevant, timely information for moms such as How to Talk to Kids About Japan’s Earthquake & Tsunami and the New National Car Seat Guidelines. The hospital’s FREE ChildrensMD iPhone App provides symptom relief for minor illnesses or injuries you can manage on your own. It’s like a doctor, just a click away.

Qdoba Mexican Grill’s Spoils

One of the bonuses of having a national restaurant like Qdoba Mexican Grill based in Denver is we were privy to the culinary team’s fantastical creations. Chef Ted personally prepared their newest entree: Mini Street Tacos. Made with three small corn tortillas filled with slow-roasted pulled pork of seasoned shredded beef, they are topped with a tangy red onion and fresh cilantro relish. If your tongue can handle it (mine couldn’t), the order comes with a side of delicious yet spicy Ancho Chile BBQ beans. The dish is just $4.99 and is only in stores until May 8, 2011.

Chef Mike gave us a cooking demonstration for mango salsa and educated us on the nutritional value of the restaurant’s children’s menu (Naked Burrito, Cheese or ‘Lil Chicken Quesadilla, single taco, and the Lil’ Chicken Naked Burrito). I queried him about the possibility of also offering wheat tortillas and he assured me they are currently in development.

When they launch, I’ll take full credit for that one. 🙂

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Mile High Mamas wants to send your entire family to Qdoba to check out their new Mini Street Tacos! We have 30 free entrees up for grabs and a limit of 10 per person.
Go here to enter. Contest deadline is April 8, 2011.

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Many thanks to all who attended and especially to our hosts the Children’s Hospital of Denver and Qdoba Mexican Grill. In May, the city of Golden will be hosting Mile High Mamas for a memorable girl’s night out. Space is limited so stay tuned on what will be fun kick-off to the summer season in Golden, The Home of the 2-Hour Vacation.

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

17 Comments

  1. You ladies always seem to have so much fun (and I had no idea about those programs at Children’s). How do I become a part of it?

  2. Karen, just stay tuned to our Web site and newsletter. We plan to have a big old crowd at our Golden event and we’d love to have you (and any of your mom friends) join us!

  3. Amber, I love you – a little bit more – because you put apostrophes in the right places. 🙂 Looks like it was a great night out. I couldn’t make this one, but will be looking forward to the May event in Golden! (Do you have a date yet?)

  4. Right now, our tentative date is May 12. I really have to give it to Children’s Hospital. We originally had our event slated for last month but had to cancel due to inclement weather and though our new date wasn’t optimal, they did such a great job making it work. Hopefully there won’t be any inclement weather in May. 🙂

  5. I had no idea the Children’s Hospital website was such a well-rounded resource. Definitely one to bookmark. Children’s has had a place in my heart ever since my daughter had surgery there a few years ago and they too such good care of her and her fears.

    Mmmmm…Qdoba. Do they do breakfast??

  6. I don’t think Qdoba opens ’til 10:30 a.m. but can you imagine how delish their breakfast burritos would be if they decided to go in that direction? Hint, hint. 😉

  7. Amber, what a great event. I’m so sorry we are out of town and had to miss it. The hospital does so many wonderful things and I have had many friends have amazing experiences with their children at the facility. Again, you do such a great job organizing! Hats off to you, Qdoba and the hospital.

  8. I can’t believe that how resourceful Children’s is either! I’m excited for the next outing in Golden!

    Qdoba was fabulous. They serve breakfast in limited locations… 3 cheese queso breakfast burritos are delicious. 🙂

  9. Must. Find. Limited. Breakfast. Locations.

  10. Sorry to miss it. Hoping I’ll be able to make it in May to see all my mamas!

  11. If you are looking to try out our breakfast menu in Denver, check out our Chanson Plaza location in Littleton! It’s pretty delicious, if we do say so ourselves! 🙂

    Glad to be part of such a great event last night!

  12. So sad I missed it… miss my gals!

  13. We were sad to miss many of our regulars but it was fun to meet some new faces. The Children’s Hospital and Qdoba really did pull out the stops!

  14. It was fun while it lasted for me, ha! Always great to see the mamas, even if for a little bit. I’d been wanting to tour Children’s since moving, not as a parent of a patient, but this way. I stayed a bit & took pics. Will tweet today, having tech difficulties last eve. Ha. Among other things. Those mini street tacos were yummE!

  15. I had a blast last night. The street tacos were fantastic. Children’s is an amazing resource—one we’ve used on many, many occasions.

    We’ve been to the ortho clinic, audiology, NICU, neurology, surgery (twice), and the ER. My kids have always been in caring, capable hands. It was great to see the outreach Children’s has created in an effort to boost the health and well-being of kids everywhere.

  16. I had a great time. Qdoba’s street tacos are delish, and The Children’s Hospital is such an awesome resource!

    Can’t wait for May’s outing.

  17. So sad that I missed this one.

    Golden is in my back yard and we go there often! Sounds like a great time!

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