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Promoting children’s health and wellness

Itasca County Family YMCA offers kids fun-filled summer days


Emma enjoys the Itasca County Family YMCA’s Sea Turtles swim program, which teaches life lessons of sport and sportsmanship. Submitted photos. GRAND RAPIDS — Summer is just around the corner and, with it, children get a break—mornings spent sleepi… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot […]

The importance of annual well-child visits with your provider

A yearly well-child visit with your provider will keep track of the overall growth and health of your child. Submitted photos. Kids are constantly growing. As they age and hit new milestones, it is important to keep an eye on their growth and deve… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

YMCA aquatics promote safe swimming

As COVID-19 restrictions have eased, the Itasca County Family YMCA has started offering swimming opportunities and lessons for all levels once again. The Y encourages children and parents to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also keeping s… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Great summers start at the Y!

Mesabi Family YMCA offers camps, leadership training, and more


The Mesabi Family YMCA in Mountain Iron offers fun, safe activities for children, such as summer day camps and aquatics programs. Contact the Y to learn more about what they can offer your child. Submitted photos.MOUNTAIN IRON – What makes a great su… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Taking a look at children’s vision

Keep your child’s eyes healthy and protect them from harm


It is important to understand the factors that affect your child’s vision and how complications can be prevented or corrected. Everyday activities for kids include catching a ball, school work, watching a movie and playing with toys. Did you ever … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

The benefits of pediatric rehab on autism spectrum disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can affect a child’s ability to communicate, play, and participate in family and school activities. According to the Autism Society, it is estimated that one out of 59 children is diagnosed with ASD in the U.S. At Fairv… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

My experience with Wegener’s disease

How an autoimmune disorder changed my life for the better


 I was a late bloomer when it came to life. I lived a sheltered existence growing up on a quaint hobby farm on the outskirts of Hibbing. I didn’t know what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be. All I knew was that I loved my family and didn’t wa… Please register for a free account or […]

Getting insurance through MNsure can benefit Minnesotans

STATEWIDE — Health insurance companies that partner with MNsure have given Minnesotans another reason to move to a MNsure plan. Most Minnesotans who purchased eligible individual or family coverage directly through BlueCross BlueShield MN, HealthPart… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Clean Life Family opens in Gilbert

Are you ready for a different approach to health and wellness?


 GILBERT — I am thrilled to now have my business Clean Life Family in Gilbert open to the public. I started Clean Life Family to be able to help other like-minded people and families learn how to live a healthier lifestyle. I decided to start Cl… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Caring for kids: simple advice from a local nurse practitioner



Erin Thielbar, NPBeing a parent can be overwhelming at times. That’s especially true when it comes to managing the health of your little ones—or even your teenagers and young adults. However, nurse practitioner Erin Thielbar, primary care provider at… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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