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 →
As 1 of the approximately 138,000 kids in the U.S. who have Tourette Syndrome, I would like to address some common misconceptions people have about the condition, and the people Continue reading →
This spring Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s congenital heart surgery program was awarded a 3-star rating for quality and clinical excellence by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Only the top 5 percent of heart centers nationally received the STS’ highest designation, making Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin just one of six centers in the Continue reading →
Mother’s Day is special wherever you celebrate. This year, we met with eight moms who will be spending Mother’s Day with their newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units in our Milwaukee and Neenah hospitals.
For some, it will be their first Mother’s Day as a mom. In addition to all the emotions that Continue reading →
Quick, what’s a great way to provide good, physical activity for you and your family that can also save you money and provide fresh, healthy food? Growing a garden!
If you’re new to gardening and think it’s only for those with the greenest of thumbs, never fear. With some simple planning (for instance, start small), you can soon be enjoying the Continue reading →