Medication and Your Child

Thu. Sep. 6th, 2018

Jim Catlin

Question: My child’s school is recommending psychiatric medication. Should I?

Rethink Your Drink

Thu. Sep. 6th, 2018

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Sugary drinks are the largest source of added sugar in the American diet. Did you know there’s up to 17 teaspoons of sugar and 300 calories in drinks like...

5 Ingredients That Make up Your Credit Score

Thu. Sep. 6th, 2018

Melissa Schutz

Credit scores influence the credit or the amount that is available, and the terms (e.g., the interest rate) that lenders may offer. They are vital part of credit health.

Call in the Experts: Pediatric dentists, orthodontists have specific training

Thu. Sep. 6th, 2018

Jen Wennerberg

A general dentist attends four years of dental school after undergraduate studies and is a go-to provider for routine management of oral health. Specialists in dentistry have completed an additional two to three years of specialized training beyond their four years of dental school and four years of undergraduate studies.

Road to Resilience: Raising Healthy Kids

Thu. Sep. 6th, 2018

Sara Carstens

To help improve the health of local communities, Mayo Clinic Health System is rolling out a free program called “Road to Resilience: Raising Healthy Kids.” The program is designed to build coping skills with youth in an effort to help them better overcome life’s challenges and offset the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Baby Bonanza Oct 6th: Fun for Parents of Babies

Thu. Sep. 6th, 2018

Is the pitter-patter of little feet part of your life, or will it be in the near future? Welcome to the first-ever Baby Bonanza: a fun, family-oriented event designed for parents of babies and parents-to-be.

Reporting is Key to Stopping Bullying

Tue. Jul. 17th, 2018

Jim Catlin

After every shooting we debate lofty, complicated, and costly strategies such as school bullying programs, early intervention, new gun control laws, early identification of disturbed kids, and on and on. I believe the simplest solution has been right under our noses ...

Tetanus Shots Help You Play it Safe

Tue. Jul. 17th, 2018

Now that summer is in full swing, people of all ages are enjoying hiking, biking, outdoor swimming, running barefoot, and camping. Unfortunately, cuts and scrapes come with outdoor fun ...

How Dining Together Can Boost Your Diet and Lifestyle

Tue. Jul. 17th, 2018

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

After a long day at work, it’s easy to skip the home-cooked meal and grab fast food for everyone to eat in the car. Even if you do cook at home, it’s hard to get all your family members to the table at the same time.

Being the Best Advocate for Your Special Needs Child

Tue. Jul. 17th, 2018

Jim Catlin

A recent newspaper article discussed a school superintendent’s termination for “lack of compliance” with special education requirements. Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident ...

Helping Kids Welcome a New Sibling

Fri. Jul. 13th, 2018

Alyssa Van Duyse, photos by Alyssa Van Duyse

Sissy and Mike Knopps can laugh about it now. When their son Kaleb was born, older daughter Sydney rebelled by slathering a whole tube of diaper rash ointment into the carpet when Mommy and Daddy thought their precious 3-year-old girl was napping ...

How can you and your family have healthy fun together?

Fri. Jun. 15th, 2018

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Kids often imitate their parents. They pick up habits, both good and bad, from watching what their parents do. The good news is, you can encourage them to keep healthy habits and take care of your own health ...

Awareness is Key to Food Allergy Safety

Fri. Jun. 1st, 2018

Susan Krahn

Did you know that a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room every 3 minutes? Food allergies affect as many as 15 million Americans – 5.9 million of them are children ...

With Food Allergies, Knowledge Is Everything

Wed. May. 16th, 2018

Susan Krahn

Did you know that a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room every 3 minutes? Food allergies affect as many as 15 million Americans – 5.9 million of them are children. It’s shocking ...

When Was Your Last Checkup?

Mon. Mar. 19th, 2018

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Checkups, or preventive exams, give you and your doctor a snapshot of your health. They also give you a chance to talk to your doctor about any problems or questions you have, all before you’re ...

When Should Children Have Their First Dental Visit?

Mon. Mar. 19th, 2018

V1 Staff

Before the rest of the information, it is important that you keep your teeth clean starting in pregnancy. Decay is passed from the main caregiver to the child. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry ...

Do’s and Don’ts for Divorced Parents

Mon. Mar. 19th, 2018

Jim Catlin

After 25 years as a child and family psychotherapist, I’ve dealt with numerous real-life clients who have experienced problems related to family breakups. Here are some ground rules for how parents who are divorcing ...

Chamber Program Seeks Young Leaders

Mon. Mar. 19th, 2018

V1 Staff

Do you know a high school sophomore who would seize an opportunity to develop his or her leadership skills to help the community? Youth Leadership Eau Claire, a program of the Eau Claire Area Chamber ...

What to Expect When You're Not Expecting ... Yet

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

Dr. Chris Longbella

It’s time to have a baby and birth control gets left behind. Months go by and nothing has happened. One period after another and no pregnancy or even a positive pregnancy test. It’s a scenario ...

4 Things to Know About Radon

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

Elizabeth Paulson

You can’t see it, taste it, or smell it, but radon gas may cause lung cancer – and it could be in your home. January is National Radon Action Month, and here are some basic questions and answers about this dangerous gas ...

Can Stress Lead to a Heart Attack for Women?

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

V1 Staff

Many people underestimate the impact that stress can have on the body, especially the heart. Risk factors for coronary artery disease, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity, affect both ...

Take Steps to Keep Carbon Monoxide out of Your Home

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

V1 Staff

Just as you protect your family from the cold when they’re outside during the winter, you should be safeguarding them from carbon monoxide poisoning when they’re inside. “During this time of year ...

LOCAL BABIES: The Year of Jack (and Jackson and Jaxson)

Tue. Jan. 23rd, 2018

Tom Giffey

the biggest baby names of 2017

If you don’t know Jack, you will soon enough. “Jack” and several of its variations – Jackson and Jaxson – were among the most popular baby names in the Chippewa Valley during the just-completed year, according to area hospitals ...

Empowering Home Birth

Fri. Jan. 19th, 2018

Cassandra Kyser

Parenthood is full of decisions that must be made. Today, parents have several choices as to where they will deliver their babies, and what skilled care providers will be in attendance. Home birth, once a ...

Winter Is Here, so Walk Like a Penguin

Fri. Jan. 12th, 2018

Kelli Engen

The heart of winter has arrived! With the frigid temperatures and ice covering the ground, we want to remind you to keep safe when enjoying the outdoors. Walking like a penguin may help prevent injuries ...

Cyberbullying Surprise: When Teens Bully Themselves

Thu. Jan. 11th, 2018

Judy Berthiaume, UW-Eau Claire

After a decade of studying teens’ use and misuse of technology, Dr. Justin Patchin did not think there was anything adolescents could do online that would surprise him. Turns out, he was wrong ...

Lice Avengers fight for folicle freedom

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017

Emily Kuhn

The thought of an infestation makes my skin crawl. As I walked out of the Lice Avengers office about an hour later, however, I was breathing easy. Not only is Eau Claire now home to two knowledgeable professionals who can help you and your kids become lice-free in a single treatment (and stay that way), the treatment is chemical-free. Whew!

Tips on Capturing Your Baby's Timeless Moments

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017

Tom Giffey, photos by Laci Eberle

Eau Claire-based photographer Laci Eberle advises parents to keep their baby awake for two hours before a photo session. This way, the newborn will be sleeping sweetly – not wriggling angrily – when it’s time for the close-up.

A Healing Journey

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017

Laura Lash

issues, approaches, and timing to post-partum rehab

There is a growing awareness in the U.S. for childbearing women to seek help in adjusting to their post-baby body. This is not to be confused with the celebrity magazine headlines of “How I Got My Body Back” The goal is not to return ...

Reading to a Baby Adds Up

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017

Cassandra Kyser

sharing 1,000 books before kindergarten encourages future literacy

Your baby may not be old enough for their own library card, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy books. Everyone is welcome at your local public library ...

Fertility 101

Wed. Oct. 4th, 2017

Dr. Chris Longbella

what to expect when you’re not expecting … yet

It’s time to have a baby and birth control gets left behind. Months go by and nothing has happened. One period after another and no pregnancy or even a positive pregnancy test. It’s a scenario ...

Choosing Home Birth

Wed. Oct. 4th, 2017

Cassandra Kyser

some women discover that delivering at home is an empowering option

Parenthood is full of decisions that must be made. Today, parents have several choices as to where they will deliver their babies, and what skilled care providers ...

Tiny Moments

Wed. Oct. 4th, 2017

Tom Giffey

tips on capturing newborns from a top local baby photographer

If you think nervous brides and grooms are finicky photo subjects, have you ever tried photographing a temperamental baby?

6 Tips for Safe Pumpkin Carving

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

V1 Staff

For all the frivolous fun it involves, Halloween can be a dangerous time of year – and we’re not talking about urban legends of poisoned candy. In fact, injuries around the holiday typically have more ...

How to Pick a Good Helmet for Safer Two-Wheeled Adventures

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

V1 Staff

Picking out a bicycle helmet for your child can be confusing. Sizing and fit are important, so how do you know you’re making the right choice? To make your choice easier, make sure you visit one of the Chippewa Valley’s locally owned, independent bicycle shops.

8 Smart Tips for School-Year Meal Planning

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Olivia Lockwood

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. As a working mom, I could not agree with that statement more. Since the birth of our daughter just over a year ago I have been meal planning my butt off and I can’t even begin to tell you how much it has helped!

3 Smart Ways to Minimize Student Loan Debt

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Jen Ekblad

Earning a college degree can certainly get you ahead of the game, but student debt can set you back many steps. Here are three tips to help you minimize your student debt.

Protect your Preteens Today from HPV Tomorrow

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Patricia Reis

Did you know that cancer prevention can be as simple as making sure your preteen receives the HPV vaccination series? HPV vaccination is the best way to prevent cervical cancer and many other types of cancer.

Banana & Berry Baked Oatmeal

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Cook up a batch of baked oatmeal the night before (or at the beginning of the week) and microwave it in the morning for a hearty, delicious breakfast.