Fighting Hunger this Summer

One in six children and one in nine adults in Dane County have food insecurity, according to the national hunger-relief organization Feeding America.

The United States Department of Agriculture defines food security as having access, at all times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. Families may be considered food-insecure if they have anxiety about having enough food in the house, have to buy food of low quality or have to eat less or less often.

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Lawn Mower Safety

Frequent readers of our blog know we like to talk about safety. And this is going to be another one of those posts. It started because one of our orthopedic surgeons commented that in the last 6 days (days!) our Emergency Department has treated 2 children for lawn mowers injuries. As many of us have a summer season of lawn mowing ahead of us, it seemed like a good time to go over some tips to help keep everyone safe.

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Fracture Season: Preventing Broken Bones in Kids

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.

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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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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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