Don’t pass the salt: Most kids are consuming too much sodium

Don’t pass the salt: Most kids are consuming too much sodiumWhile most people fear the dreaded “sugar,” “added sugars” or “high fructose corn syrup” when looking at food or ingredient labels these days, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that 90 percent of U.S. kids 6-18 years old take in way too much salt. And there are pretty specific foods contributing to that high …Click here to continue reading

My role as a national voice for children


3-year-old Matthew and 3-year-old Sadie are both primary care patients at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

This week it was announced that I accepted the honor to serve as the 2015 Chair for the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA). The mission of CHA is to advance child health through innovations in quality, cost and care delivery. Representing more than 220 children’s …Click here to continue reading

Requiring restaurants, vending machines to share nutritional information

Restaurants, vending machines are now required to share nutritional informationThis day and age, Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home. We’re always on the go and convenience plays a big part in what we choose to eat. That also means that we often don’t make the best choices when we’re hungry or in a hurry, and the options that are available may not be the healthiest.

Enter the FDA. New regulations have been established requiring restaurants and vending …Click here to continue reading

Best ways to help your kids eat healthy in 2015

Best ways to help your kids eat healthy in 2015A lot of parents this month will be making New Year’s resolutions for themselves, hoping to turn 2015 into the year they start eating healthier, getting in shape and basically doing all those things they always said they wanted to do. Well, there’s no reason kids can’t get in on the action, too.

Even if you can’t always bring your kids with you as you enjoy your new gym membership, there are plenty of ways you can help them start 2015 off right. If you have concerns about …Click here to continue reading