Volume One Contributors

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Alyssa Van Duyse


Alyssa Van Duyse is a marketing specialist with HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. Sacred Heart is a community launch partner for Chippewa Valley Family.

Content By This Contributor:

Why I Volunteered to Work at the Polls During a Pandemic

On Election Day, I witnessed laughter, compassion, and an abundance of patience

Alyssa Van Duyse

I sat at my kitchen table on my imposed vacation day scrolling mindlessly through Facebook. That’s when I saw a post urging Chippewa Falls residents to become election officials for the spring election a week ...

When to Worry About Kids’ Weight

Pediatrician offers tips on childhood diet, obesity

Alyssa Van Duyse

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

Take a Deep Breath: Addressing anxiety in children

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.

Helping Kids Welcome a New Sibling

Experts offer advice on easing family growing pains

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 ...

On Sunny Days Like These, Sunscreen Is a Must

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.

Overuse Injuries Can Impact Young Athletes

Alyssa Van Duyse, design by Serena Wagner

At just 13 years of age, Mikkyla Worthing is, already, too familiar with knee pain. The South Middle School athlete participates in three sports, which means she has games, meets, or practices that last 90 minutes up to four times a week. Repetitive drills on the basketball ...

Put Night Terrors Back to Bed

Alyssa Van Duyse, design by Serena Wagner

You’re finally starting to relax. You put your child to sleep more than an hour ago and haven’t heard a peep. Then chaos ensues: a bloodcurdling scream followed by a crying fit. You can’t get to little Suzy’s room fast enough. You fling her bedroom door open, but there’s no hideous monster hovering over her. And all of Suzy’s limbs are firmly intact ...