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 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 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 Continue reading →