Brainerd Lakes Area, Family Activities, Gardens and Outdoor spaces

How Master Gardeners are Empowering the Minnesota Public

{Guest post from Master Gardener and Extension Educator for the University of Minnesota’s – Master Gardener Volunteer Program, Jackie Froemming} The Master Gardener Volunteer Program uses research-based horticulture knowledge and practices to inspire change and promote healthy people, communities, and environment. Extension Educators have developed educational toolkits for volunteers to use in their communities to… Read More How Master Gardeners are Empowering the Minnesota Public

Brainerd Lakes Area, Self Care + Wellness

Finding Your Inner Ommmm | Holistic Well-Being in the Brainerd Lakes Area

If you’ve been on an airplane, you’ve heard the safety schpeel that takes place on every flight. As part of this pre-takeoff instruction, passengers are always directed: “Put your oxygen mask on first before assisting others.” Flight attendants encourage parents to help themselves before helping their child or children. While it’s a hard pill to… Read More Finding Your Inner Ommmm | Holistic Well-Being in the Brainerd Lakes Area

Back to School, Brainerd Lakes Area, Parenting

Keeping Kids Safe Online | The Importance of Positive Digital Citizenship

Guest post from Sarah Porisch, Brainerd Public Schools Director of Technology Safety and security of our students and staff is always a top priority at Brainerd Public Schools. This includes the online safety and security of our students and faculty. Our district monitors and manages all district-owned devices and uses advanced filtering tools on our secure… Read More Keeping Kids Safe Online | The Importance of Positive Digital Citizenship

Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features

Boost Your Immune System | Making Probiotic-Rich Foods at Home

Guest Post by Jean Larson licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health, one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. Did you know about 70 percent of your immune system resides in your gut? Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in our digestive tract and help digest food, synthesize vitamins and support our immune systems. Eating more… Read More Boost Your Immune System | Making Probiotic-Rich Foods at Home

Brainerd Lakes Area, Health + Wellness Features

Itchy Eyes? Your Eye Makeup Might Be the Culprit

Guest post from Dr. Kristel Schamber of Lake Area Eyecare in Baxter, one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. Eyes or eyelids dry, red or irritated? Your makeup or other products you use around your eyes could be the culprit. I had issues with red irritated eyes and have changed my makeup products and cleansers and… Read More Itchy Eyes? Your Eye Makeup Might Be the Culprit

Brainerd Lakes Area, Education, Kids, School

STEAM Programming at the Brainerd Public Library

Have you heard of STEM (or STEAM in this case)? An acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and math; STEAM is a popular focus in schools and programs directed toward children. STEAM programming has come to the Brainerd Public Library, and the best part — it’s completely FREE! We have a member of the AmeriCorps… Read More STEAM Programming at the Brainerd Public Library

Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features, Kids

How do you know if a child has a concussion?

Guest post from Essentia Health of Baxter/Brainerd, one of the Up North Parent Sponsors. How do you know if a child has a concussion? Brooke Ylinen had a problem: a 13-year-old hockey player who needed to get back on the ice after suffering a concussion. Her son, Kamden, had been symptom-free for a week but… Read More How do you know if a child has a concussion?

Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features

11 Ways Essentia Health’s Upgrades are Better Serving this Community

There are some amazing changes happening within our local hospital and medical center. Changes that perfectly align with Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Clinics’ mission of making a healthy difference in people’s lives. As a way to continue to strive to make a positive impact on our community by spreading their core values of… Read More 11 Ways Essentia Health’s Upgrades are Better Serving this Community

Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features

Essentia Health offers free SAGE breast cancer screening – November 14

**shared with permission from Essentia Health Brainerd/Baxter Press Release** Mammography is one of the most important arsenals in the fight against breast cancer. A breast imaging tool, mammograms are used to detect and diagnose breast disease in women. It is considered the most effective breast cancer screening method because it can identify problems long before… Read More Essentia Health offers free SAGE breast cancer screening – November 14

Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features

Essentia Health Offers FREE Lifestyle Change Classes

Guest post by Essentia Health, one of the Up North Parent Sponsors. Currently, 1 out of 3 individuals have pre-diabetes — but 9 out of 10 times people don’t know it. Pre-diabetes involves blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diabetes. An individual with pre-diabetes can delay or… Read More Essentia Health Offers FREE Lifestyle Change Classes