How to Set Your Children Up for Success

by Nicole Youcupicio, Prevention Specialist, Casa Grande Alliance As parents, grandparents, role models and mentors, one of our biggest driving forces is wanting our children to succeed and become healthy, productive adults. By teaching them executive-function and self-regulating skills we can help ensure that our children overcome the adversity in their lives, learn how to … Read More…

Having Two Places to Call Home

by Donna McBride, Council Member, City of Casa Grande There’s an old saying, “You can never go home again.” I have lived in Arizona for over four decades now, but I still consider West Virginia home. I wrestle with that often, wondering if I am not being fair to Arizona and my family. Growing up … Read More…

We Have To Cut Down On The Excuses Before Cutting Our Weight

by Tiffanie Grady-Gillespie, Certified Physical Trainer, Certified Corporate Wellness Coach, WickedFiTT While the “rules” of fat loss and crushing calories are not overly complicated, there’s a reason why the number of overweight Americans continues to rise. It’s the same reason you struggle to lose the first 20 pounds — or the last 10 sitting between … Read More…

What the Duck?!?

One Duck’s Ordeal Is Symptom of Carelessness Some Have Toward Animals by Gigi McWhirter It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood. It was a Saturday. Casa Grande Animal Control received a call about a duck in the middle of the pond at Dave White Park, which was obviously struggling. That is when Animal Control … Read More…

Central Arizona College – Celebrating 50 Years

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of Central Arizona College. Since September of 1969, CAC has provided high quality and affordable educational opportunities for thousands of students and residents of Pinal County.” ~ Jackie Elliot, President/CEO Central Arizona College See the full 50th Anniversary celebration booklet HERE.  

Keeping Your Loved Ones Out of Harm’s Way at Home

by Nicole Youcupicio, Prevention Specialist, Casa Grande Alliance One of parents’ biggest concerns is how to keep their children safe — which includes worrying about them using drugs and alcohol. It is common to believe youth will get these substances from a friend or at a party, which may be true, but it is also … Read More…

Help Save Lives with the #BeBrave Race

by Kaitee Doll-Bell, Executive Director of Foundation & Volunteer Services, Casa Grande Community Hospital Foundation Lace up those jogging shoes and run or walk for a great cause! Casa Grande Community Hospital Foundation (CGCHF) invites the public to participate in its 7th annual #BeBrave 5K, half marathon and 1-mile walk. This event will be Feb. … Read More…

When Your Life Has a GOTCHA Moment

by Donna McBride Adoption and foster care are serious business. Some might be delusional to think it’s all rainbows and bows. It’s not. The results can be amazing, but the journey is long and hard. One local family shared their experience of it all: the joy and the heartache. Melissa Wilhelm and her husband, knew … Read More…

DURING THE HOLIDAYS, YOUR PRESENCE IS WORTH MORE THAN PRESENTS

by Nicole Youcupicio, Prevention Specialist, Casa Grande Alliance More than likely your to-do list this holiday season includes buying presents, but does it include being present? Being physically, emotionally and mentally present with your children is crucial, especially during the holidays. On an average day in December, more than 11,000 youth will use alcohol for … Read More…