Donald Driver: Why I’m partnering with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on Driven to Better Health

Donald Driver: Why I’m partnering with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on Driven to Better HealthAs you may have heard, I recently announced the launch of an exciting new partnership with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin called Driven to Better Health. The program challenges schools and families in Wisconsin to make healthy eating and physical activity a daily priority. The best part? Every year, one school and one family that show their commitment to living …Click here to continue reading

How to give kids nutrition on the go and at home

How to give kids nutrition on the go and at homeOf all the battles parents help their kids fight, the one against poor nutrition might be one of the most difficult.

Unhealthy choices are just about everywhere you look, including at school, unfortunately, in the form of high-fat lunches and sugar-laden vending machines. Making it worse is that bad food choices are often cheap and attached to some clever, almost irresistible marketing …Click here to continue reading

How dietitians care for children

How dietitians care for childrenMy father-in-law teases me for being a dietitian, saying things like “Did you take all the candy bars away from the kids today?” Little does he know about the day-to-day job of a dietitian.

Dietitian vs. nutritionist: What’s the difference?

I’m sure you’ve heard us called many things — “nutritionist,” “dietary” or even “nutritionalist.” To explain the difference, almost anyone can call themselves a “nutritionist” …Click here to continue reading

Why new food labels will help in some ways, but not others

Why new food labels will help in some ways, but not othersYou may or may not read the labels on the foods you eat. Regardless, the Nutrition Facts label could have some big changes ahead that will make reading it a bit easier — for some …Click here to continue reading

Delicious fall foods: Tips for making hearty soups and stews

Delicious fall foods: Tips for making hearty soups and stewsOne of my favorite things about fall is the variety of delicious fall foods that are in season. And for some reason, most of those foods are perfect in soups or stews!

Most people hear the word soup and think “that won’t fill me up,” or “and what else will I eat with that?” Truth is, soups or stews can be an entire meal; it can fill you up and be good for …Click here to continue reading

Try these alternatives to candy for trick-or-treaters on Halloween

As a mom, I know handing out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween is both fun and expected. But as a pediatrician, I want to remind parents to pay attention to how much candy your kids are consuming and to consider mixing in alternatives to candy for the …Click here to continue reading

5 steps for dining out with food allergies

Five steps for dining out with food allergiesDining out has become an important part of daily life for many busy families. When you have a child with food allergies, dining out can become difficult and even scary. However, with enough preparation and an emergency action plan, children with food allergies can dine out safely.

Follow these five steps for dining out with …Click here to continue reading

How to increase your family’s intake of heart-healthy fats

Curried Waldorf Salad Recipe from The American Heart Association

This curried waldorf salad has nearly twice the fiber of typical versions.

Give your heart some love this month by increasing your intake of heart-healthy fats. Your body needs fat to provide energy for your cells to grow, to keep your body warm and to protect your organs. The major types of fats found in foods are saturated and trans fats (the unhealthy fats) and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (the healthy fats).

Including monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats may help lower your risk of heart disease and can reduce your LDL (bad) cholesterol if you eat them in place of unhealthy fats. Foods high in …Click here to continue reading

Slow food: A healthy and budget-friendly alternative to fast food

Slow cookerSlow food is an international movement promoted as an alternative to fast food. The slow food movement encourages people to use local foods and support small business. It also encourages us to take time to prepare food from scratch versus using convenience foods, to enjoy the art of preparing food and eating …Click here to continue reading

Cooking with your children: A new family tradition

Young mother and son in kitchen making cookies.Cooking with your children around the holidays is an amazing way to introduce family traditions, teach basic cooking skills and develop young taste buds — which can lead to better nutrition. Often children who participate in helping prepare the meal are more inclined to try new foods.

Start with simple kitchen tasks like gathering ingredients, bowls, measuring cups and spoons. Young children can stir batter or help crack eggs. Gradually have …Click here to continue reading