In some parts of the country, people say there are really only two seasons: winter and construction.
Add a third – “fracture season,” say experts in children’s health at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wis.
We’re in the heart of it right now. Warm spring temperatures and the end of school combine to send thousands of kids into backyards and onto playgrounds, where they’re breaking their bones at startling rates-on rollerblades, on bikes, playground equipment and trampolines.
When you think of a person with high cholesterol, who do you picture?
Maybe an overweight man in his 50s who loves burgers and good old fashioned Wisconsin cheese? Maybe a woman in her 60s who smokes and doesn’t like to exercise?
How about an athletic 9-year-old who plays three different sports and prefers fruit to fast food?
Sometimes, our preconceived notions about high cholesterol don’t match reality – particularly when it comes to kids who inherit high cholesterol from their family. Did you know it was even possible for seemingly healthy children to have cholesterol so high that they’re actually up to 100 times more likely to have a heart attack or a stroke at a young age?
A recent study out of Scotland found that after the age of 7, activity levels go down for both boys and girls. When Randy Clark, manager of the Pediatric Fitness Clinic read about it, he wasn’t at all surprised.
“Finding ways to engage kids in physical activity is a huge challenge I face as a parent and in my work at the Pediatric Fitness Clinic,” he says. Clark, whose children are 12 and 14 years old, shares that part of the problem, in his opinion, is the increasing time we spend looking at screens. He shares that as part of the ‘baby boomer outside generation’, fun included wiffle ball, touch football, capture the flag, kick-the-can and skating at the local rink. Now kids are growing up in a very different world filled with cell phones, iPods, personal computers and hand held devices. For him, while they are wonderful advancements in technology, they have led to an increasing amount of sedentary screen time.”
With kids in school it seems like something is always going around. If you hear the ominous, “My throat hurts…” there are a few easy ways to make sure a sore throat doesn’t keep your kids down for too long.
Kelby Crotty’s summer was impressive, without qualification.
A Pardeeville sixth-grader, Kelby earned All-America status while competing in the javelin at the AAU Club National Championships in Orlando, Florida in July.
Prior to that, in June, he traveled to Waukesha for the USA Track and Field Wisconsin State Meet, where he placed third in the javelin and fifth in the shotput and discus. A first-place finish in the AAU Central District Qualifier in Rockford, Illinois followed a week later. He was also third in the shot put and fourth in the discus.