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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