Sugar saturation: How to help kids kick the habit

Sugar saturation: How to help kids kick the habitSugar might seem like it’s practically a swear word in health circles these days, and not without good reason. The sweet stuff certainly isn’t the cause of all of our health problems, but the simple fact is our kids are getting too much of it, and it’s hurting them.

We’re not talking about the natural sugars you find in fruit or milk. The trouble comes from added sugars that are put in food and drinks for flavoring — stuff like dextrose, sucrose and Continue reading →

Remember to play it safe with fireworks this Fourth of July

Many of us will be enjoying spectacular fireworks displays this weekend as we celebrate the Fourth of July, whether it’s at a city park or in our own backyard. For those who bring the fun home, it’s important to remember to keep safety a priority so that a joyous occasion doesn’t turn tragic.
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Watch what happens when a pediatrician becomes a TV star for a day

I am a pediatrician, and I absolutely love what I do. Working with children and families, helping to keep children healthy and making them feel better is the best job I could have imagined. Being a doctor is something I have wanted to do for most of my life. But at one Continue reading →

Don’t let ticks and mosquitos bug your kids this summer

Don’t let ticks and mosquitos bug your kids this summerPeople aren’t the only ones who love being outside these days. Insects like ticks, mosquitos, and other creepy crawlies also enjoy getting outdoors when the weather is nice, and their favorite pastime is taking a bite (and some blood) out of unsuspecting humans.

It’s not just unsightly bumps and annoying itches that these bugs bring either. Globally Continue reading →

My visit to Riverside Elementary — the winning Driven to Better Health school

My visit to Riverside Elementary — the winning Driven to Better Health school

Donald Driver congratulated students at Riverside Elementary for winning this year’s Driven to Better Health school challenge.

On Friday, May 29, I had the pleasure of visiting Riverside Elementary School in Fond du Lac. We selected the students and teachers there as the grand-prize winners of the first Driven to Better Health challenge, thanks to their creative and effective approach to Continue reading →

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin speaks out in Washington, D.C., on behalf of our patients and families

Speaking out in Washington, D.C., on behalf of our patients and familiesChildren’s Hospital of Wisconsin is dedicated to advocating on behalf of our patients and families at the local, state and national level to positively impact legislation that affects the health of children and families in Wisconsin and nationwide.

Later this month, I will have the honor of visiting federal lawmakers in Washington, D.C., with Continue reading →