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.

8 Tips for School-Year Meal Planning

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Olivia Lockwood

prep early in the week to help your family eat healthier and more efficiently

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 ...

Orange, Black, & Teal

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Susan Krahn

specially painted pumpkins make Halloween less scary for kids with food allergies

Halloween can be a scary time for the millions of families across the country managing food allergies. Food allergies are a potentially life-threatening conditions and are a growing public health issue ...

Paws for a Cause

Fri. Sep. 8th, 2017

Measha Vieth

dress up your doggo and walk for the Humane Association

Do you ever wish there were more events and activities you could bring your four-legged friends along to? Or, you don’t have a dog, but really love them and just want to be surrounded by a bunch of tail wagging ...

If You Plan It, You Can Can It

Wed. Sep. 6th, 2017

UW Extension, photos by Tom Giffey

find trustworthy sources to prepare for food preservation season

When it comes to flavor and taste, few things compare to home-canned produce fresh from the garden. The home canning and preserving season is now upon us, so it’s time to get your gear and recipes ready ...

6 Tips for Safe Summer Dining

Mon. Jul. 3rd, 2017

Iris Lang

During this busy summer season of picnics, barbecues, and other activities involving food, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department would like to remind everyone about important ways to keep your food safe.

Bakery Style Vegan Blueberry Muffins

Mon. Jul. 3rd, 2017

V1 Staff

Topped with a sweet cinnamon and sugar crumble, these vegan blueberry muffins are a great way to use up all those ripe, juicy summer blueberries.

Choosing a Day Care That's Right for Your Child

Mon. Jul. 3rd, 2017

Krystina Schumacher

A speaker at a continuing education seminar once said to us, “At the beginning of my parent orientations, I ask the parents to hand over their house and car keys to me. Sometimes they are willing to, sometimes not, and most of the time they look shocked and flat out tell me no ...

On Sunny Days Like These, Sunscreen Is a Must

Mon. Jul. 3rd, 2017

Alyssa Van Duyse

On sunny summer days, more than 30 children climb on jungle gyms and glide down slides in the outdoor play area at Kids USA Learning Center in Chippewa Falls.

Make the Farmers Market a Family Outing

Fri. Jun. 30th, 2017

Claudia Cater

Looking for an activity that is fun and economical? Why not visit the local farmers market? Visiting the local farmers market is a great family activity.

Fireworks Safety: have fun & don’t do anything stupid

Fri. Jun. 30th, 2017

by Maggie Cook

Fireworks season is fast approaching and though we do not wish to put a damper on all of the fun and memories, we want to provide you with a number of safety tips as you approach festivities with your children.

June 21: Parfaits with a Princess (and Alice in Dairyland!)

Mon. Jun. 19th, 2017

V1 Staff, photos by Kelsey Smith

On June 21 The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire will host a special event called Parfaits with a Princess from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Crystal Siemers-Peterman, the 70th Alice in Dairyland, will join kids.

What to Expect at Your Child's First Dental Visit

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

Dr. Kari Peper

“When is the right time to schedule my child’s first dental appointment?” “Why are early dental visits important?” “Shouldn’t we wait until the child is a little bit older and more mature?” These are ...

On a Vacation Budget? Try Campgrounds and Cabin Rentals

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

Jen Bailey

In need of a summer vacation, but don’t have months to plan or a big budget? No problem. Head to the great outdoors! Reserve a nearby cabin or campsite for a weekend getaway without the months and months ...

Keep Summer Travel Fun and Budget-Friendly

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

Jen Bailey

It seems that there may indeed be a magic formula for keeping summer travel budget-friendly. The formula is saving + planning ahead + thinking outside the box + using your resources = budget-friendly summer travel. Let’s break it down!

Healing Your Body After Having a Baby

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

Laura Lash

Issues, approaches, and timing to postpartum rehab. There is a growing awareness in the U.S. for childbearing women to seek help in adjusting to their post-baby body ...

8 Kid-Friendly Spots You Can Eat at With No Worries

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

James Johonnott

If dirty looks could kill, many parents would never have made it out of certain dining experiences, especially in establishments where Happy Meals aren’t on the menu ...

Outdoor Yoga, No Mats Needed

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

Kacy Bresina, photos by Andrea Paulseth

One of the best parts of yoga is that it can literally be done anywhere, and as it turns out, nature is one of the best places to practice. Whether you are near the ocean, in the forest, or even in your own backyard ...

Fire up the Grill! Grill Safety and General Know-How

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

Tom Giffey

Grilling can be dangerous – especially with kids around. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 18,000 Americans were injured in grilling accidents in 2009 (the latest year for which national statistics are available).

In Wisconsin, Summertime Is Tick Time

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

V1 Staff, design by Janae Breunig

Not to bring down the mood, but with warmer temperatures and the humidity Wisconsin is so famous for, other living beings of the eight-legged kind will also be out and about. Here are a few things to remember about tick season ...

Putting Your Best Fork Forward

Fri. Mar. 24th, 2017

Claudia Cater

March is National Nutrition Month. “Put your Best Fork Forward” is the theme for National Nutrition Month 2017, a reminder ...

Look Ma! No Hands! The Freedom of Wearable Breast Pumps

Fri. Mar. 24th, 2017

Katie Larson

Giving birth to a child is the most precious feeling, and new moms everywhere can’t help but revel in the fact that their bodies are finally theirs again. Although this feeling is amazing ...

Active Listening Skills for Today's Family

Fri. Mar. 24th, 2017

Julie Court

With technology constantly influencing our lives, we can protect our most vital and important family relationships by developing strong listening skills. In today’s fast-paced world, our ability ...