When to Worry About Kids’ Weight

Thu. May. 9th, 2019

Alyssa Van Duyse

Every day, in doctors’ offices throughout the country, parents hear the dreaded words: Your child is overweight.

How to Start Saving with Share Certificates

Thu. May. 9th, 2019

Kassandra Timm

The term “share certificates” may not sound familiar but “certificates of deposit” might. Staples in the financial industry, these two are commonly mistaken for one another. So what’s the difference between the two?

Confronting Mental Illness

Thu. May. 9th, 2019

Cassandra Kyser

Half of all mental illnesses occur before the age of 14. And sadly, suicide is the third leading cause of death for people between the ages of 10 and 24.

A Weighty Decision

Thu. May. 9th, 2019

Jim Catlin

Imagine yourself in the following situation: You see something disturbing but you don’t want to get someone’s child taken away.

4 Fun & Easy Tips for a Healthy Summer

Thu. May. 9th, 2019

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Summer is almost here! That means more time outdoors enjoying the lake, park or pool, or just hanging out in the backyard.

Learn & Grow at the Farmers Market

Thu. May. 9th, 2019

Lauren Fisher

Farmers markets all over the Chippewa Valley burst into action in the late spring, and with them come some of the best opportunities for young people to learn new, practical skills that will get them far in life.

6 Tips for Eating Heart Healthy Family Food

Wed. Mar. 6th, 2019

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

A heart healthy lifestyle starts with healthy food choices, but that’s easier said than done when your cravings for sugar, salt, and high-fat foods don’t go away.

Iron Chef, Wisconsin Style

Wed. Mar. 6th, 2019

Pam Powers

The winning team members at this year’s UW-Stout Recipe for Excellence competition Thursday, Feb. 14, brought a little bit of Luck with them – literally.

Safe Drug Disposal Can Save Lives

Wed. Mar. 6th, 2019

Sarah Dillivan-Pospisil

In Eau Claire County, 1 in 4 high school students reported prescription are easy to get without permission. They said they were able to get these prescriptions from friends ...

House Rules: How to create them and how they help

Thu. Jan. 10th, 2019

Jim Catlin

Separately ask each of your kids to write down what they believe the rules are and what happens when they’re followed or not followed. Then compare those with what you desire – it will be immediately obvious.

Empowering Parents-To-Be

Thu. Jan. 10th, 2019

Amanda Gunderson

Heidi Murkoff, author of What to Expect When You’re Expecting (Workman Publishing), shares, “It’s just that they call it ‘childbirth preparation’ for a reason: it helps prepare you.

Staying Healthy During Flu Season

Thu. Jan. 10th, 2019

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

It’s that time of year. Don’t miss out because you’re sick with the flu virus. There are things you can do now to protect yourself.

Take a Deep Breath: Addressing anxiety in children

Thu. Jan. 10th, 2019

Alyssa Van Duyse

Local medical experts say the rise in social media may be partly to blame for increased, often times debilitating anxiety in adolescents. Dr. Laura Smith, pediatrician at Prevea Rice Lake Health Center, said in her practice anxiety typically is a diagnosis of exclusion.

Meant to Be: Adoptive parents never stop learning

Thu. Jan. 10th, 2019

Lauren Fisher

After more than a year of applications, meetings, trainings, and failed prospective matches, they still didn’t know when their time would come, how old their child would be, whether it would be a boy or a girl, or where they would meet it.

Travel Safely With Your Baby

Thu. Jan. 10th, 2019

Ellen Jacobs

It’s getting cold outside. Be sure to bundle up your baby safely while riding in his or her car seat this winter and while visiting friends and family. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or other causes of infant death can happen at ...

Invisalign: A Clear Choice for Orthodontic Treatment

Wed. Nov. 21st, 2018

Jen Wennerberg

If you want a straighter, healthier smile for you or your child, there are a variety of options. Many people’s first thought in regards to orthodontic treatment defaults to braces. However, many patients ...

What you should know about psychotropic medication

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2018

Jim Catlin

In my previous column, I promised to provide a handout that I developed in 2013 regarding psychotropic medication and children. But another tool I neglected to mention regarding optimizing school performance is a neuropsychological evaluation.

Understanding & Managing Stress

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2018

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

If you’re like most families, you face stress every day. You aren’t alone if you’re feeling stressed out – over 70 percent of Americans say they regularly feel both the physical and mental effects of stress.

Understanding How Kids Grieve

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2018

Lisa De Sieno

Children often are referred to as the forgotten or invisible grievers. We may not always see a child’s grief on the outside. But on the inside, that child may be feeling and reacting to emotions that are difficult to process and understand.

Smart Tips for Sticking to Next Year's Holiday Budget

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2018

Emma Bartz

Everyone gets stressed about the holiday season – there are a million things to get ready for, family members to see, parties to attend, etc. Don’t let money be another item on that list of worries!

Bringing Healthy Food to Neighborhoods Near You

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2018

Susan Krahn

How often do you stop at a gas station, convenience, or corner store for a few last-minute groceries? Do your children ask for candy at the checkout? Do you ever walk out with soda or chips that you didn’t plan on buying?

Stepping out of her comfort zone & into a community

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2018

Jennifer Hafele

She got ready to leave the house without the diaper bags, strollers, and bottles – for once. She said goodbye to her three-year-old and nine-month-old twins. She was feeling a little queasy and was looking forward to getting past the first trimester.

9 tips to keep your family healthy during flu season

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2018

Whether we like it or not, cold and flu season is upon us again! Each year, 25 to 50 million cases of influenza are reported in the United States. The flu usually does not progress into any life-threatening diseases, but it can be more serious for some people.

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 ...