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The AbbeHealth Affiliates are excited to offer a Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA) in your community.Mental Health First Aid Teaches You:·Signs of addictions and mental illnesses·5-step action plan to assess a situation and help·Impact of mental and substance use disorders·Local resources and where to turn for helpWho Can Be a Mental Health First Aider?·Caring Citizens·Consumers and Family Members·Members of Faith Communities·Social Workers·Substance Abuse Professionals·Policymakers·Mental Health Authorities·Police/First Respo...

2019 Annual Health Fair Provides a Variety of Informational Booths

By Valerie Close, Editor · April 7th, 2019
Saturday found the high school gym full of 57 various booths of activities and information for the area residents to enjoy. Outside in the parking lot the Vinton Fire Department, Pink Heals, as well as a Child Carseat Check station was available among others. The local Sheriff's department had fingerprinting available for children as well as a place for the children to have their picture taken.

Training opportunity. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office will host Mental Health First Aid Training on April 19 2019. The course is open to members of the public as well as all First Responders. The training is provided by the Abbe Center for Mental Health, and is being sponsored by the East Central Region.

Words on Wellness April Newsletter

By Iowa State University · March 22nd, 2019
Attached you will find your edition of the April WOW newsletter. This edition features:Benefits of Family MealtimeRecipe for Chicken BLT SaladEating OutdoorsA Game for All AgesClick to View The April Newsletter!

Nutrition Education With Seniors

By Benton County Extension · March 20th, 2019
Attached you will find the April NEWS (Nutrition Education with Seniors) newsletter. This edition features:The Benefits of Slow CookingSpill the Beans on Pinto Beans!Staying Food Safe with Slow CookersRecipe for Southwestern Pinto Bean Soup Click to view

Benton County Public Health Director, Melissa Smith, RN, BSN is making the public aware of information recently released by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) containing insight into current behaviors by the youth in our communities.The IDPH 2018 Iowa Youth Survey (IYS) shows in general, underage drinking continues to decline.

Adverse Childhood Experiences

By ASAC · March 6th, 2019
The experiences we have as a child can have a profound impact on us, both positively and negatively. A growing body of research has shown the connection that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have in relation to the development of a wide range of health problems throughout one’s life.What constitutes an ACE is varied, and would include such traumatic events such as abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), neglect, and domestic violence, substance use within the home, divorce or household mental illness.

Iowa Youth Survey: Suicide Risk and E-Cigarette Use Climbing,Alcohol Use Decline

By Iowa Dept. Of Public Health · March 5th, 2019
The Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) 2018 Iowa Youth Survey (IYS) shows in general, underage drinking continues to decline. Alcohol use among Iowa 11th graders was down from 26.4 percent in 2012 to 20.4 percent in 2018. Binge drinking fell from 19.2 percent in 2012 to 12.0 percent in 2018.

March 2019 WOW Newsletter

By Benton County Extension · March 4th, 2019
Attached you will find your edition of the March WOW newsletter. This edition features:· Frozen Food Facts· Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day Boxty (Potato Pancakes)· Everything and the Kitchen Sink· Take a Time Out for FlexibilityClick to view

When picturing St. Patrick’s Day festivities, it’s likely you’ll think of alcohol, and perhaps lots of it. This is for good reason, as this Holiday commemorating the patron saint of Ireland is regarded as one of the biggest drinking days of the year. While adult consumption of alcohol can be done safely and responsibly, reasonable drinking guidelines are often overlooked in favor of excessive drinking, known as binge drinking.

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