Snackism

SnackismWhether you and your child are at a soccer game, Sunday school, or a community art class, snacks abound. We live in the day and age of “Snackism.” A column in the Washington Post (2015) addressed this obsession with snacks head-on. Hurley writes, “America is in the clutches of an insidious disease [Snackism], one that thrives on the good intentions of parents and leaves a trail of wet Goldfish in its wake.” I have to agree that most American parents are convinced that their child needs to eat every few hours. Half of kids in the U.S. now snack up to four times each day. Do they truly need it? No. Do they want it? Of course.

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Advanced Directives, Not Just for the Old Fogeys

Advanced DirectivesNo one likes to talk about death, but lately it’s been all around us.  I’m not just talking about the tragedies in Orlando last week (from the shootings to the alligator death).  There’s the ridiculous number of great musicians who have passed away this year (RIP David Bowie and Prince, among others); there are deaths from long illnesses (like Muhammed Ali) and there are deaths from freak accidents (like this actor).  However, 2 recent deaths stand out to me: Julianna Snow and Brittany Maynard.  “Who are these 2?” you may be wondering. Well, I’m glad you asked.

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Summer Skin and Sun Exposure

Summer Sun SafetyWith summer comes warm weather, sunshine and the opportunity to enjoy many outdoor activities in Wisconsin. Before venturing out on your next outdoor escapade, it is important to be aware of how sun exposure can affect your health. The damage caused by sun exposure comes from ultraviolet (UV) radiation. There are two types of UV radiation: UVA and UVB.  Both forms of UV radiation are linked to health consequences, including skin cancer, premature aging (see this fascinating video), cataracts, and immune system suppression (what?!?  That’s not cool).

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Kids and Fitness Trackers

Kids and Fitness TrackersIt seems like wearable fitness trackers are everywhere, even on kids’ wrists. And while the kid versions do everything from encouraging them to exercise in order to feed and care for a virtual pet to ones that allow them to actually help feed kids across the globe, the premise is the same as the adult versions. And, just as with adults, knowing what motivates your kids can help you decide whether a wearable device is right for them.

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Recipes that Kids Can Make

Blueberry Muffin SmoothieWhile your kids may be old enough to be home alone, you may not be totally comfortable with the thought of them using the stove to prepare their food (whether for safety or because of the inevitable mess that they’ll leave). Chef and registered dietitian Julie Andrews from UW Health’s Learning Kitchen offers three simple recipes that kids can make on their own so they can enjoy healthy snacks and meals anytime hunger hits.

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