The Leaders of Tomorrow are Here

by Nicole Youcupicio, Casa Grande Alliance, Prevention Specialist Casa Grande has 55,477 full-time residents. Out of those, approximately 16,000 are children. This means youth account for almost a third of our City’s population. Our children are our future leaders. We all want to see youth succeed and one effective way to ensure that is by … Read More…

Don’t Forget to Floss!

by Gigi McWhirter OK, so you may not floss your pet’s teeth, but just like you, your pet should not go years between dental exams and teeth cleanings. Dogs and cats fall prey to the same oral issues as we do – plaque, gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss are just a few things … Read More…

LET’S TALK ABOUT CARBS

by Tiffanie Grady-Gillespie, Certified Physical Trainer, CPT, WickedFiTT One of the most commonly asked questions by the people who want to keep healthy is: “What do I eat?” Protein, carbs and fats. Is it really that simple? It’s not that simple – actually it’s much more complex. Let’s be honest, carbohydrates have gotten a pretty … Read More…

Dads that Give a Hoot!

GIA Starts DADvisory Council to Enrich Scholar Experience Common sense and countless studies indicate that scholars have a much greater chance of personal and academic success when they have responsible, caring, and INVOLVED fathers and other male role models in their educational and school experiences. This year, Grande Innovation Academy (GIA) is actively seeking male … Read More…

Healthy Habits + Realistic Expectations = Weight Loss

by Tiffanie Grady-Gillespie, Certified Physical Trainer, CPT, WickedFiTT I think we can all agree the excitement of starting something new and exciting gets us pumped with motivation and thinking we’re ready to dive in head first, going from 0-1,000 mph … faster than a speeding bullet.  This can be especially true when it comes to … Read More…

Teens and Vaping – What We Need to Know

by Nicole Youcupicio, Casa Grande Alliance, Prevention Specialist E-cigarette use, or vaping, is on the rise among youth across the country. Casa Grande is no exception. E-cigarette use is now the third most common substance abused by youth in Casa Grande at 13.7%, following marijuana at 14.3% and alcohol at 20.2%.1 The trend is steadily … Read More…

Pursue Your Passion with CAC’s Lifelong Learning Programs

by Angela Askey, Executive Director, Public Relations and Marketing Central Arizona College provides lifelong learning program opportunities for hundreds of adults each year. These unique programs provide personal enrichment, assistance to help launch a career or options to exercise one’s creative side. Lifelong Learning programming at Central Arizona College (CAC) provides courses at various CAC … Read More…

Chillin’ with My Dog

by Gigi McWhirter Summertime is upon us and who wants to turn on the oven? Instead of baking treats for your furry friend, why not make some yummy pupsicles? These frozen delights are not only easy to make, they are healthy, too! A cool way to freeze the treats is in a silicone mold. Molds … Read More…