The Great Flavored Milk Debate

Glass of Milk

Glass of MilkMilk is an excellent source of beneficial nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, and potassium.  In children and adolescents, moderate milk intake has been linked to improved bone health.  It has been shown that children and adolescents are not drinking enough milk.  According to the Dietary Guideline for Americans 2010, children and adolescents ages 9-18 years should consume 3 cups/day, ages 4-8 should consume 2 ½ cups/day, and ages 2-3 should consume 2 cups/day of milk or milk products.  Currently, the majority of milk consumed is reduced-fat (2%) or full-fat milk (whole).

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Why Do I Walk?

Why do I walk for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation team, “UW Health and Henry’s Heroes?”

Personally, I walk for my son, Henry, diagnosed at age 5. I walk for my brother, diagnosed at age 24. I walk in memory of my paternal grandfather, diagnosed after serving in World War II, at age 26.

But let me tell you why it is important for me to walk under the umbrella of UW Health.

I am a physician assistant at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. I care for ladies that have type 1 diabetes and see how that diagnosis can complicate their care.

And so I walk.

I walk as a thank you to all the exceptional individuals on Henry’s Care Team. During his time at American Family Children’s Hospital, we met terrific endocrinology staff physicians, residents and fellows, RNs, Child Life Center staff, Learning Center RNs, Phlebotomists, Chaplin, and Housekeeping. All demonstrated service excellence and the high standard of comprehensive care at UW Health.

And so I walk.

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Modern Day Treasure Hunt Puts an End to “Are We There Yet?”

GPS

GPS

I have fond memories of the summer vacations I took with my family. Six kids packed in a station wagon headed to Door County, Wisconsin. The four-hour trip took forever and the only stops we made were at waysides along the highway.

Now I’m making the same trek with my husband and two sons. Only we are in a spacious minivan and thanks to geocaching.com, anywhere we stop along our drive becomes a treasure hunt.

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When the Reality of Safety Helmets Hits Home

Dr. Faucher
Dr. Lee Faucher and Connor

Dr. Faucher and Connor

Wearing a bike helmet is second nature to my kids. So much so that they often just leave them on to shoot baskets or play around the house. That’s probably not typical of most kids, but I’m a trauma surgeon and my wife is a nurse practitioner, so NOT wearing a safety helmet has NEVER been an option.

Last Spring, that “second nature” may have saved my son Connor from serious injury. Connor, who was 6 at the time, was riding bike with his older sister when she heard a crash behind her. (She told us the noise was “terrifying” to her.) When she stopped and turned around, she saw Connor on his back with blood all over his face. When she ran back to him, he didn’t respond at all. So she ran a block back to our house, to tell my wife.

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Sweet Dreams for Preschoolers

Sleeping ToddlerMany of us are sleep deprived these days including our children. One of the common culprits of too little sleep and often disrupted sleep is television.

A recent study found that sleep problems were more common in 3 to 5 year olds who watched more television after 7pm. According to the study, about 20 percent of the 112 children involved had sleep problems almost every day of the week. Their issues included difficulty falling asleep, waking up during the night, nightmares and being sleepy during the day. The children who watched violent television at night had the most sleep problems.

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