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 ...

7 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 ...

Know CPR? You Should Learn QPR, Too!

Fri. Mar. 24th, 2017

Chelsie Smith

Many have heard of CPR, but have you heard of QPR? QPR is essentially the CPR of mental health, and getting trained can save lives. “Question, Persuade, Refer” (QPR) is an evidenced-based ...

Confronting the Challenge of College Anxiety

Fri. Mar. 24th, 2017

Brie Schroeder

Freshman year of college is anything but easy, and neither is living with an anxiety disorder. That being said, being a freshman in college with an anxiety disorder seems nearly impossible – but here I am ...

Avoid the Guilt Surrounding Food

Thu. Feb. 2nd, 2017

Christina Funk

Making a positive change in eating habits is a hard, daunting, and—sometimes—torturous thing to do, especially around the holidays. In American society, feeling guilty about being overweight or about ...

YES! It IS Possible to Eat Healthy During the Super Bowl!

Thu. Feb. 2nd, 2017

Benjamin Christian

The Super Bowl is a great chance to get the gang together for camaraderie and good cheer. Depending on how well your team is playing, it’s a time when many families and friends either revel in cheers ...

3 Tips to Tame the Stress Monster

Thu. Feb. 2nd, 2017

Julie Court

Do you feel stressed by the pace and pressures of daily living? Are worries and anxieties eating away at your insides while you try to smile and get through another day?

What If You Need Braces?

Thu. Feb. 2nd, 2017

Michelle Larson

For most, a smile is the first thing others notice about you. That is why it is so important to have a smile that promotes confidence. Having a confident smile makes you want to share it with everyone ...

Don't Wait to Prevent Tooth Decay

Thu. Feb. 2nd, 2017

Linda Bohacek

Did you know that tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases for children in the country? Eau Claire Healthy Communities Oral Health Promotion Action Team has recognized ...

An Active Winter Outdoors: Tackle New Activities

Thu. Feb. 2nd, 2017

When the daylight gets shorter and the temperature drops, it can be especially challenging to get inspired to exercise. Venturing outdoors is a good option, physically and mentally ...

Quick Tips on Maintaining Mindfulness

Thu. Feb. 2nd, 2017

Katie McMorran, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Do you know that your energy totally affects your kids? It does! When you are tense, everyone can feel it. Whether it’s stress, annoyance, or frustration ...

6 Tips to Empower Your Pre-Teen

Thu. Feb. 2nd, 2017

Tom Kidd

If you are preparing to raise a pre-teen or are smack dab in the middle of it, it is critical to adopt specific parenting strategies, such as creating open communication with your child ...

Set SMART Goals: Make Them Specific and Achievable

Thu. Feb. 2nd, 2017

When setting goals, consider setting SMART goals – goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based. Goal setting can be applied in schools, businesses, and even your ...

Health Premiums Are Going Up! Are You Ready?

Thu. Feb. 2nd, 2017

Mark Miller, design by Serena Wagner

So how’s your “open enrollment” going for your individual health insurance plan? Do you know what you need to do by Jan. 31, 2017? I hear ya! As an independent, licensed insurance agent ...

Managing Your Screen Time

Wed. Feb. 1st, 2017

V1 Staff

In October, the American Academy of Pediatrics took a look at the amount of screen time kids were getting and made new recommendations on how parents could become media mentors instead of media villains ...

Is the Blue Light Keeping You up at Night?

Wed. Feb. 1st, 2017

V1 Staff

Do you have a tired, lethargic, or moody teen? Silly question, right? But for real, a study published in November suggests mood swings and constant fatigue might be caused by blue light exposure during ...

Top Eau Claire Baby Names for 2016

Wed. Jan. 4th, 2017

Tom Giffey

The Chippewa Valley said “hello” and “awwwwwww!” to a lot of Jacksons and Madelines in 2016 – as well as to a bouncing bundle of Owens, Harpers, Sawyers, and Adelines. These were among the top names bestowed on newborns at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire during the just-completed year ...

6 Tips for New Year's Eve With Kids

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

Katie Larson, design by Serena Wagner

New Year’s Eve celebrations don’t have to be an early boring night just because the kids are present. In order to prove it, I put together a list of six easy to accomplish party planning tips that are sure to get the party started and keep it going until the last ball drops...

Holiday Eats: Skip the Sugar, Go Straight for the Meat

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Christina Funk

The traditional dips and chips, crackers and cookies, cakes and pies, adult beverages and sugary drinks, and vegetable and fruit trays are staples at any Wisconsin holiday party. Over the past 50 years we have ...

Kids Don't Need More Than a Spoonful of Sugar

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Katie Larson

It is no surprise that excess sugar leads to tooth decay and stunts taste buds from maturing in children under two-years-old. Or that it is linked to the development of risk factors for heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes in children, teens and adults. But just how much sugar should be introduced in the average American’s diet is up for discussion and debate.

It's a Puppy! Now What?

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Karen Rude

At the end of Disney’s Toy Story, Woody and Buzz nervously await the Sergeant’s report on what Andy is getting for Christmas. Toying with Buzz’s anxiety Woody asks, “Buzz, what could Andy possibly get that is worse than you?” To which Andy announces, “Wow! It’s a puppy!”...

5 Tips for Holiday Food Prep

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Iris Lang

The holiday season is right around the corner and you know what that means—delicious home cooked meals! In Eau Claire County, the CDC estimates that 17,000 residents will become sick this year from eating ...

Itchin' and Scratchin' Dealing With Head Lice

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Amanda Kaiser

It is wonderful to see school-aged kids getting in the habit of sharing. From sharing hats, scarves, hairbrushes and accessories, children of all ages are constantly in the giving mood. But the sharing of head garments could lead to the sharing of head lice, properly known as pediculosis humanus capitis, an infestation that every parent dreads...

5 Steps to Total Toy Organization

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Valerie Sowa, author & photographer by Carla Haley

Overwhelmed. That is how I feel on the 26th of December. Don’t get me wrong; I love the holiday season – and I love the joy on my children’s faces when they open their gifts that they have waited all year to receive. Like many families, we celebrate the holidays five or six times during the month of December, which means our kids get A LOT of toys and gifts...

Are We Addicted to Cheese? Yes? Ok.

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Katie Larson

Ever have that moment at a football party when the cheese and sausage platter gets placed on the dining room table, exciting you to the point of jumping over the coffee table,

Serving up Local Meat

Wed. Nov. 9th, 2016

Katie Larson

Last year I challenged myself to make an entire Thanksgiving feast for all of the family to enjoy. It was my husband, daughter and I’s first year back to Eau Claire, and I wanted to celebrate by giving thanks ...

Don't Break the Bank When Budgeting for the Holidays

Wed. Nov. 9th, 2016

Samantha Olson

I love Christmas. It is honestly one of my favorite times of the year. I play Christmas music all December, have the tree and decorations up Thanksgiving weekend, and spend weeks baking goodies and watching holiday movies. But my absolute favorite part of Christmas is watching my kids open their gifts on Christmas morning...

Dealing With Identifying and Demystifying Diabetes

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

Corrie Hegwood

It is believed by most Americans that Type 1 diabetes is an illness that develops if healthy eating and regular exercise aren’t practiced. This false belief is largely due to the rise in cultural awareness of Type 2 diabetes...

Manners and Magic Words: politeness goes a long way

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

Katie Larson

My husband and I have recently been trying to teach our 3-year-old daughter to use her manners, with a strong emphasis on those magic words: Please and thank you. Because this has been a constant point ...

Using Art to Heal the Human Heart

Fri. Sep. 23rd, 2016

Trisha Lundin

Time can be hard to measure. We often measure our lives in the tasks and accomplishments of everyday life – a pace of business, providing us with momentum and a feeling of control ...

6 Tips: Keeping Your Child's Teeth Happy and Healthy

Mon. Sep. 19th, 2016

Dr. Derek Rognlien

How important is dental care for your child? That’s a question that every parent has to consider. As a dentist and father of young children, I can relate to parents when discussing ways to help get their children on a path to sound dental health ...

Keeping Halloween Healthy for Trick-Or-Treaters

Mon. Sep. 19th, 2016

Claudia Cater, photos by Randy Lee

Halloween is right around the corner. Sixty-eight percent of Americans will celebrate Halloween. In 2015, 41 million children (ages 5-14) went trick-or-treating. Are you a parent who will take your Anna, Elsa, Ninjago Warrior, Spider-Man, or ...

Apple, Bacon & Cheddar Pizza

Mon. Sep. 19th, 2016

V1 Staff

You can infuse your family’s pizza night with a little autumn flavor with this great recipe we found on ...

3 Tips for Easing the Back-To-School Transition

Fri. Sep. 16th, 2016

Olivia Tomfordhe

School. A welcome word in the homes of parents who, for the past three months, spent every day hauling screaming kids around to all the activities that help create the “well-rounded” people that parents ...

7 Tips for Health & Safety This School Year

Fri. Sep. 9th, 2016

V1 Staff

The beginning of the school year is an exciting time. It’s also a nerve-racking one. Homework, practices, new friends, new germs – it’s a lot to handle. HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals offer these words of advice to help your family have a healthy and safe start to the school year.

How a Tiny Microchip Can Save Your Pet's Life

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Sarah Hewitt, photos by Andrea Paulseth

At the Eau Claire County Humane Association, we microchip and register every single cat and dog that gets adopted. We also scan every single stray cat and dog that comes in with a microchip scanner ...

Cord Blood Banking turns medical waste into liquid gold

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Racheal Ulberg

The thought or sight of blood can make many people feel squeamish or faint, but for new parents a conversation about blood cannot always be avoided. The impact of cord blood banking been so large ...

9 Easy Ways to Save on Back-To-School Shopping

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Renee Sommer

It’s hard to even say this, but it’s almost time for the kids to go back to school. Back-to-school shopping can put a big dent in a family’s budget, especially if you have multiple children ...