Affinity named finalist for Small Business of the Year

Affinity Urgent Care and Affinity Laser Med + Spa were honored by the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce last week as finalists for the organization’s annual Small Business of the Year award.

The announcement was made at the Chamber’s annual meeting and gala which was held on Friday at the Tremont House in Galveston.

The Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Award was one of several handed out at this year’s gala. Other awards included Large Business of the Year, Galvestonians of the Year, the Christie Mitchell Beachcomber Award and the Global Impact Award. You can learn more about the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce by visiting the organization’s website at www.galvestonchamber.com


Affinity blood drive set for Tuesday, Dec. 30

Affinity Urgent Care locations in Galveston and La Marque will sponsor blood drives outside their respective clinics on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The blood drive at the Galveston location – 2808 61st Street, Suite 200 – is being conducted by UTMB Health’s Blood Center. Donors who successfully give blood at that location will receive a sweatshirt hoodie while supplies last. Potential donors can make an appointment online for the Galveston blood drive by clicking here.

The drive at the La Marque location – 2600 FM 1764, Suite 190 – is being conducted by the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

Giving blood is vital to the health of our communities. In fact, your one blood donation can help extend or save the lives of three patients. Please join us on Tuesday for this special event at Affinity Urgent Care.

You’re Invited to Spend Less Time in Front of the TV

Spending less time in front of the television and computer can mean more engaging family time, more fun, and healthier kids.

Who: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a group of more than 60,000 pediatricians who are committed to the well-being of children.

What: The AAP recommends that children over the age of two spend two hours or fewer watching TV or using the computer, not counting time spent with homework.

Children under the age of two should not watch any television.

Where: Your own living room. Keep televisions out of children’s rooms to stay in touch with what your kids are watching, and to make television more active. Ask questions about what you are watching and discuss the exaggerations of commercials.

When: Start now!

Why: When kids are watching television, they are not moving. Studies have linked screen time to childhood obesity. Unhealthy snacks often go along with TV watching, and junk food commercials targeted at kids can lead them to ask for more of it. Screen time has also been associated with lower reading scores and attention problems. Plus, finding new activities can be rewarding for both you and your children.


  • Set limits. Use a timer to let everyone know when TV or computer time is over.
  • Choose wisely. Instead of just leaving the TV on in the background, decide what programs to watch in advance. Recording programs lets you be more flexible and even skip commercials.
  • Discuss rules and plans. Talk with your children about rules such as no TV until homework or chores are done and make plans about what to watch that week.
  • Be a good role model. Participate in your plan, and come up with other activities to do with your kids.

We hope to see you and your family there!