6 Tips for Safe Pumpkin Carving

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

To ensure that the only blood on your jack-o’-lantern is the fake kind, follow these tips from the ASSH.

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.

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

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 ...

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 ...