Distracted Driving

The Consequences of Distracted Driving

By: David Pabst, Director, WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety Over the last 30-plus years, I’ve worn several hats. This includes 23 years wearing a State Patrol Stetson – serving as a trooper, inspector, sergeant, lieutenant and captain…

Symptoms of Childhood Asthma

Although it is difficult to predict which children will develop asthma, studies have identified certain risk factors for asthma in children: Diagnosed allergies, including skin and food allergies or allergic rhinitis (hay fever) A family…

Teens Talk: What Works to Stop Cyberbullying

Many people like to ask me what works to stop cyberbullying when it happens. While I have some ideas on this question (over 15 years of studying the problem will lead to more than a few thoughts!), Sameer and I also like to hear directly from…

Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness in Wisconsin

Overall, it is socially acceptable to see a medical professional when you are having a health problem. If you are having chest pains, you see a cardiologist. If you have a broken bone, you get an x-ray. If you need a mole removed, you see a…

Increase in Childhood Depression, What Can We Do to Bring Kids Joy?

Your sweet child has had changes in sleep and appetite, doesn’t want to do the things that they normally like, and seems sad or irritable.  Could it be childhood depression?  If these changes have lasted for over two weeks it may be time…

Keeping Wisconsin Families Safe Online

Technology allows us to be constantly connected, and no age group knows this better than our children and teenagers. In fact, a recent Pew Research study showed that 95% of U.S. teens have access to smartphones and 45% are online almost constantly!…

Why Lifestyle Matters to Our Long Term Health

Have you heard of Pottenger's Cats? If you haven't, prepare yourself for a paradigm shift in how you view food, nutrition, and generational heredity. Pottenger’s Cats is a reference to a scientific study conducted by Francis M. Pottenger…

How to Find the Right Amount of Screen Time for Your Family

Everywhere you turn, there’s a screen, many directly in your child’s line of sight.  And everywhere you turn, there’s also a list of warnings about the dangers of screen time for kids. Physical inactivity. Obesity. Digital eyestrain.…

How Keeping Active is the Key to Staying Young in Body and Mind

Growing older is something we can’t control, however, we do have control over “how” we grow older. Gaining weight, losing muscle mass and becoming weak and sedentary is not mandatory but is a choice, just as is remaining active, involved…

Three of the DW Crew's Favorite Wisconsin Heroes

Wisconsin is home to all kinds of heroes: first responders, family members, athletes, musicians, actors, and everyday people who inspire us to tackle life's toughest challenges. We've partnered with Clutch Energy Drink to share three Wisconsin…