Monthly Archives: December 2011

Some kids’ cereals have more sugar than Twinkies


Did you know some cereals have more sugar per serving than a Twinkie?

Dr. Nicole Omann, a pediatrician at Children’s, spoke on KSTP this weekend about the importance of watching your child’s weight, and the shocking amounts of sugar found in some cereals.

Two studies about kids’ health were released last week. The first study revealed that not enough doctors are telling parents their children are overweight. The Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine surveyed 4,985 parents of children ages 2 to 15 who had a body mass index in the 85th percentile or higher, asking them if they had ever been told by a physician or health professional that their child was overweight. Only 22.4 percent of parents reported they had.

Your child’s weight is something you should monitor closely year-round, Dr. Omann said, not just during annual check-ups.

As for the cereal, Dr. Omann urges parents to have breakfast options like oatmeal, fruits and eggs for their kids instead of sugary cereals. The Environmental Group study listed the best and worst cereals for kids, with Kellogg’s Honey Smacks and Post Golden Crisp topping the list of worst cereals for kids. Read the full report on the sugar in children’s cereals.


Our cancer and blood disorders program

When a child is diagnosed with cancer or a blood disease, it impacts the entire family. At Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, we not only treat the child, we care for the whole family. It’s this unique treatment philosophy — combined with world-class facilities, clinical expertise, leading technologies and remarkable outcomes — that makes Children’s the best place for pediatric cancer and blood disorder treatment.

Be part of Children’s influenza-prevention video project

We’ve hosted a video contest for high school and middle schools across Minnesota the last two years as part of our efforts to teach kids about influenza prevention. We’re excited to announce we’re hosting the contest again this year!

The contest gives students a chance to use their creativity and video skills to create a public service announcement about the importance of flu prevention. Last year’s winner was Bloomington-Jefferson High School, with the video featured above.  The students who did the video earned $3,000 for their school.

We’ll award the top three videos $3,000, $1,500, and $1,000, thanks to generous support from Kohl’s Cares. The three winning videos will be distributed to middle and high schools throughout Minnesota. We’ll also host a celebration at the winning school to recognize the students’ work.

To find out if your school is eligible to participate or to learn more about the rules, talk to your school media department or nursing staff. The submission deadline is Jan. 27, 2012. Videos should be submitted to our Flu Prevention group on Vimeo.

The video from St. Mary’s School in Owatonna, our second-place winner from last year.

The video from Dassel-Cokato Middle School, our third-place winner from last year.

Children’s earns two Leapfrog awards for quality and efficiency

We’re thrilled to share that we have once again been named one of the top hospitals in the country by the Leapfrog Group!

The annual award recognizes hospitals for quality and efficiency.  Only 10 pediatric hospital awards were given out this year, and we received two of them. This is the fifth time Children’s has received the Leapfrog Award.  We are the only children’s hospital in the five-state area to receive this honor.

It’s more important than ever for hospitals to make the most of their resources while still delivering the best possible care.  We’ve been a leader in developing new ways to increase efficiency, whether it’s in the design of new buildings and spaces or helping find ways for care teams to collaborate more easily.

The Leapfrog Awards are based on a national survey that measures hospitals’ performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality.  You can see all of the results at

Our end-of-year giving campaign

We launched our new end-of-year giving campaign this week, including three new commercials that focus on the importance of giving locally, our pediatric cancer program and how we treat every kid who walks through our doors. As you consider giving during the holiday season, please remember what it means to take care of Minnesota kids. Please consider making a gift. Your support makes all the difference.

A sick kid without insurance is still a kid. And we treat every kid who needs it. Last year alone, we provided more than $50 million of care that wasn’t covered by insurance. Your support helps make this possible.


We treat more kids with cancer than any other hospital in the state. From clinical research to pain management to early physical therapy, your donations help us provide local kids with the very best cancer care.

Your support helps ensure that local kids will continue to receive some of best pediatric care in the country. Hey, we’re Minnesotans. We believe in taking care of our own.