Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.

Childhood Obesity

Understanding what causes obesity and providing healthy alternatives can help lead your child down a path to wellness later in life.

In The News

Reach Out and Read Literacy Program introduced in Mankato

Getting books from health care providers will soon be a routine part of regular pediatric checkups.

December 5, 2017

From The Blog

Healthy habits are key to combating childhood obesity

Experts agree: Childhood obesity is a major problem. “About one-third of our pediatric patients are overweight or obese,” says Jennifer Brumm, M.D., a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. The issue is not just aesthetic.

June 13, 2016

Kids in the kitchen: Early involvement yields oodles of fun

If your kids are interested in cooking, even from a very early age, involve them in the kitchen. The holiday season is a great time to start involving your little sous chef.

Amanda Leisenheimer RDLD By Amanda Leisenheimer November 23, 2015

'Camp Wabi ... is the most rewarding place on earth.'

After working at Camp Wabi for the past two years, I have come to a realization — it is the most rewarding place on this earth. As a counselor, I have witnessed the momentous, positive changes this camp can make — physically, mentally and emotionally.

April 27, 2015

Helping La Crosse nonprofit connect kids to healthy food and nature

Mayo Clinic Health System — Franciscan Healthcare devotes significant resources to promoting healthy eating and lifestyles, with a particular focus on gardening. That's why we are choosing to get involved with GROW La Crosse.

April 23, 2015

Back to school health tips

Children and parents are gearing up for the start of another school year. Preparation for the hallways means shopping for backpacks, clothes and other school supplies. But don't overlook your child's health before the first bell rings.

Kimberly Beecher MD By Kimberly Beecher August 11, 2014

For kids who struggle with obesity issues, Camp Wabi can help

For Jessica Frase, 14, of Eau Claire, “Camp Wabi is really, really, really fun.” But what is Camp Wabi?

April 4, 2014

Eat healthy at holiday parties

Eating healthy at holiday parties sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? After all, it is a party and there is rarely a holiday party without some of our favorite foods.

November 18, 2013

Beat the 'back-to-school blues' with healthy lunches

School teachers help our children grow and develop, but they need your help by packing a healthy lunch. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes a link between healthy eating and academic achievement in children.

September 3, 2013

Childhood Obesity

Obesity is an epidemic in the United States, but it’s not just affecting adults. It’s estimated that one-third of American children and adolescents are either overweight or obese.

August 23, 2013