The Mighty Blog features stories from around Children’s Minnesota, as well as health and wellness information for raising healthy kids.

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Recognizing Children’s Minnesota medical lab professionals

During Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, we’re highlighting two medical lab professionals at Children’s Minnesota: Girma Ayana, medical lab scientist, and Gabby Burk, medical lab scientist. 

Recognizing National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month in April

April is National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. This month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect. At Children’s Minnesota, our team of experts at the Midwest Children’s Resource Center (MCRC) provides specialized care for kids who are affected by abuse.

Lead exposure and how to avoid it: Everything you need to know

While lead is a naturally occurring metal, it is not one that anyone wants their kids exposed to. Exposure to lead can have negative health effects on kids, and even low levels of lead in the blood can potentially lead to developmental delays or behavioral issues, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Luckily, symptomatic lead exposure is relatively uncommon in the U.S., but it’s still important for parents to know ways to prevent lead exposure from ever becoming an issue.

Born weighing less than 2 pounds, Eli grows up to hike the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail

Eli’s journey is one of countless inspiring stories created at Children’s Minnesota over the last 100 years; his started in what has become the region’s largest neonatology program.

Children’s Minnesota approved to become a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organization

We’re excited to announce that Children’s Minnesota has been approved to become a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) organization! BTYR is a program led by the Minnesota National Guard that connects military service members, veterans and their families with community support and resources.

Children’s Minnesota Surgery and Specialty Center in Minnetonka expanding

Children's Minnesota is opening a new specialty center in Maple Grove to provide additional quality care to the northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities metro area. Learn more about the differences between our clinics in Maple Grove.

What does a well-balanced meal plan look like?

There is a lot of nutrition information and advice on how to feed your kids out there. But the most important takeaway is that families should be eating a wide variety of foods from different food groups to ensure healthy growth and development.

Heart warrior Colton battles rare heart condition with determination and laughter

Morgan and Clint never expected their journey to parenthood would include their son being diagnosed with a rare and complex congenital heart defect. But with determination and The Kid Experts®, their heart warrior Colton has fought through the many challenges he’s faced in his young life.

Celebrating Social Work Month 2024

To celebrate Social Work Month, we’re highlighting some of our own social workers at Children’s Minnesota: Sam Koktan, LGSW, overnight emergency department social worker, Daisy Dominguez, LGSW, emergency department social worker, and Rhea Sayotovich, LICSW, outpatient Children’s Heart Clinic and fetal echo social worker.

Celebrating Child Life Week with Haley Barta, child life specialist

In honor of Child Life Week, we are excited to highlight Haley Barta, MA, certified child life specialist at Children’s Minnesota, to learn more about her role and what inspired her to become a child life specialist.