10-year-old boy worried about how Mott doctor may change his heart: Don’t make me a Michigan fan

Five years after being adopted from Russia, Toledo fourth grader becomes among first in Michigan to benefit from new device for congenital heart defect

After receiving care at Mott's Congenital Heart Center, Buckeye fan Ivan Applin, 10, may have just a little room for Michigan in his heart.

After receiving care at Mott’s Congenital Heart Center, Buckeye fan Ivan Applin, 10, may have just a little room for Michigan in his heart.

As pediatric cardiologist Dr. Ronald Grifka showed 10-year-old Ivan Applin the wire-framed device that would be used to fix the holes in his heart, the Toledo fourth grader had just one burning concern.

“He asked if the Michigan doctors were going to make his heart love University of Michigan instead of Ohio State,” his mother Jennifer laughs.

No, he would wake up loving the Buckeyes just as much as he ever did, Dr. Grifka, assured him. The procedure would also mean he could better enjoy his favorite activities, like soccer, for many more years to come.

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DIY sand-play activities for kids

sand activities for kidsHow much fun can you have with an inexpensive bag of playground sand? Hours! And you can do more than put it in a sandbox and play with some shovels and buckets (although, that’s pretty fun too). Here we tell you how to make acqua sand, sticky sand and slimy sand for hours of sand-play!
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Water exercise for kids

Kids love the water! Outdoor pools and the beach in the summer, indoor pools in the winter – swimming is year round fun!

In addition to swimming and splashing, there are also lots of ways to incorporate water exercise into pool time.

Watch physical therapist Kendra VanWasshenova demonstrate several great exercises for developing motor skills, coordination and strength in the pool this summer.

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Super sensory scavenger hunt

mott blog - clv 2015 - scavenger huntScavenger hunts can be super fun ways to break out of your summer activity rut. Have you ever tried one that involves more senses than vision? Typically on a scavenger hunt, we’re looking for certain things we can see. With this fun take on a scavenger hunt, we’re using more senses so we look, listen, feel, and smell.

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Tips to prevent teen distracted driving

tips to prevent teen distracted drivingAs the parent of a new teen driver you worry about lots of things. You worry about your teen’s skills as a new driver. You worry about your teen being distracted by their cell phone, their friends, or about their desire to eat while driving. How can they stay focused on safe driving and the road ahead?

Rather than simply hoping your teen arrives safely, you can begin the conversation now – teaching them about common distractions and how distractions can lead to a crash.

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Esquites

Warm summer corn salad

EsquitesThis creamy summer corn salad is a flavorful way to use fresh from the garden sweet corn this summer!

Ingredients:

  • 4 ears of corn, shucked and removed from cob
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup jalapeno, finely chopped and seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 ounces Cotija cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)

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