Owner Launie Aben creates a culture of family through her gym

For Champion Gymnastics owner Launie Aben, gymnastics is more than just a head-to-toe workout. It’s also about developing life skills like respect and working through fear. “Our gym’s motto is building a family of champions,” says Aben. “But being a champion isn’t just about winning. Here, it’s about building moral character and self confidence.” Coaching

Mastering the Art of Nursing in Public

Did You Know? Breastfeed even if you’re sick. Your body makes antibodies that get passed along to your baby through your breast milk helping to boost your infant’s immune system. Breastfeeding can save a family more than $1,200 to $1,500 in formula-related expenses in the first year alone. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer

A quick guide to childhood vaccines

Kids are returning to group settings this September as they head back to school. Such settings increase the chance for diseases to spread. What’s the best way to prevent disease outbreaks and protect kids from serious diseases? Childhood vaccines. The necessity of vaccines “Kids need vaccines because there are still preventable diseases that cause illness,

A quick guide to childhood vaccines

Kids are returning to group settings this September as they head back to school. Such settings increase the chance for diseases to spread. What’s the best way to prevent disease outbreaks and protect kids from serious diseases? Childhood vaccines. The necessity of vaccines “Kids need vaccines because there are still preventable diseases that cause illness,

Support after Cesarean Birth

Women giving birth in Washtenaw County have many options: in a hospital, at home, with a midwife, with an OB-GYN, unassisted, vaginally and, for many women, via cesarean section (C-section). Cesarean sections occur for many reasons, but no matter the reason, the local chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) is a welcome resource

The low-down on diet, toys, and stay-at-home parents

What does the latest research say about the diet of U.S. children or the best toys for kids’ development? And what do adults really think about working versus staying at home to raise a family? Take a look: Diet In a study recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers from Brown University

Where to Turn When your Child Needs Medical Attention, STAT

Sooner or later, all parents face an unexpected medical meltdown: the baby spikes a scorching fever in the wee hours. The preschooler swallows something suspicious. The middle-schooler wrenches an ankle at basketball practice. When faced with a medical emergency—or a situation that could become one—what’s a parent to do? Head straight for the chaotic, costly

Washtenaw County Public Health’s Tips to Ensure a Lead Safe Home

Is my water safe from lead?” With the water crisis in Flint, it’s a question many parents and families have asked in the last year. Kristen Schweighoefer, Environmental Health Director for Washtenaw County Public Health (WCPH), has been fielding many of those questions and giving helpful tips and advice on how to protect kids from lead