People 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 →
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 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 →
In 2009, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin made a commitment to boost vaccination rates in our region. Our five-year immunization project had great results, with vaccination rates among 2-year-olds in our care and throughout the state improving every year for five years Continue reading →
Imagine going to a restaurant where the menu is in a foreign language. You hand your credit card to the server and tell her to order whatever she wants for you. Wanting you to have the best possible experience, she’ll come up with the most wonderful meal, which will end up Continue reading →
Piano lessons, basketball practice, dance recitals, swim meets, chess club, football games, out-of-town baseball tournaments … these are all great activities that can contribute to a child living a healthy, active life. But how much is too much? And how harmful is too much?
The overscheduling of kids has been a heated topic over the years, with terms like “tiger mom,” “helicopter parent,” “mommy wars” and “free-range children” popping up to enflame Continue reading →
Sleep is a time to rest and replenish. Unfortunately, sleep is often considered a luxury these days, as there are so many activities that disrupt our sleep: that new TV show, one last peek at Facebook, a cool picture on Pinterest … wait, is that a video of a cat playing piano?
But some children often have health issues that disrupt their sleep. The Centers for Disease Continue reading →
Last year, I teamed with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to create Driven to Better Health, a program that promotes health and wellness to Wisconsin’s youth in school and at home.
It was so gratifying when 150 schools across Wisconsin signed up to participate, agreeing to implement programs and activities that would encourage and sustain healthy eating and Continue reading →
The warmer weather is calling us outdoors. As children run off to play on the playground or backyard playsets, we have a few safety tips for playground injury prevention.
Falls are the most common type of playground injury, accounting for more than 75 percent of Continue reading →
Researchers estimate that approximately 15 million Americans have a food allergy. This includes 1 in every 13 children, which translates to approximately two in every classroom! Here’s another statistic that might be hard to stomach: Every three minutes, someone in the Continue reading →