Curbing Halloween Candy Consumption

Halloween CandyA quick perusal of the Internet’s take on strategies parents can use to limit the candy carnage on Halloween frequently invokes words like “horror” and a variety of tortured takes on “trick-or-treat.”

But UW Health registered dietitian Cassie Vanderwall sees Halloween as an opportunity to teach children valuable lessons about restraint and moderation.

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Teen DrivingOct 16-22 is National Teen Driver Safety Week, dedicated to raising awareness and seeking solutions to preventable teen deaths and injuries on the road. In the United States, teenagers drive less than all but the oldest people, but the numbers of crash deaths in 16-19 year olds is 3 times higher than the rate for those 20 years and older. One of the most common and dangerous distractions for teens behind the wheel are cell phones. For drivers under age 20 involved in fatal crashes, 19% of those distracted were distracted by the use of cell phones. According to the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 41.5% of teens self-report texting or emailing while driving in the past month.

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Hitting Hurts

Hitting HurtsParenting can be tough. Parents are often put in situations where some kind of discipline is necessary, and in those instances they can quickly hear the words of their own parents coming out. This, of course, can be a good or bad thing. Many parents at one point in life make a mental checklist of all the ways in which they will raise children differently than their own parents. But once children arrive, new parents soon realize that they have more in common with the people who raised them than they may have wanted.

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Making the Most of MyChart

Laptop Parenting is an adventure. Just when you think you have a handle on things, the ground shifts and there’s something new to deal with. From ear aches and teething to sports injuries and anxiety. Kids just change. I’ve learned to expect it. What I didn’t expect was for the systems I use to help manage my kids’ health to change as well. But on my son’s 12th birthday, several years ago, that’s what happened to MyChart.

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