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Donate Blood November 14

By Valerie Close, Editor · October 24th, 2018
Each year, more than 500,000 lives are positively impacted across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota because of LifeServe Blood Center blood donors. It takes less than one hour to give blood and in that hour, a volunteer blood donor can help save the lives of up to three different hospital patients.

Words on Wellness

By Valerie Close, Editor · October 19th, 2018
This edition features: · The Flexitarian Diet: A Flexible Way to Eat Well · Recipe for Black Bean Burgers · How Dangerous Is Double Dipping? · The Scoop on Hot Yoga Click to view

Virginia Gay Urges – Fight The Flu

By Virginia Gay Hospital · October 18th, 2018
Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics have just released a campaign encouraging everyone to avoid influenza. The "Fight The Flu" campaign is targeted at informing and encouraging the community to take the flu seriously, and to take the simple steps needed to protect yourself and those who can't protect themselves.

Rick Murphy presents the check to VGH Administrator Mike Riege, VGH Foundation Director Robin Martin and VGH Foundation Board President Don Eells. For twenty years the Murphy family has been sponsoring an annual golf tournament in honor of Marlene and Dick Murphy, both of whom lost their lives to cancer.

Five Tips to Reduce Chronic Pain

By Virginia Gay Hospital · October 16th, 2018
Five Tips to Reduce Chronic Pain 1. Do your research. Learning about the disease processes that affect your chronic pain can help you better understand what will trigger flare-ups and will also help you collaborate with your primary care provider, physical therapist, or other healthcare professional to determine the most effective pain management treatments for you.

Benton County Fair Queen Katie Folkmann says she's very thankful for the people who helped her raise $3,000 during Saturday's Walk to End Alzheimer's in Cedar Rapids. But Katie is continuing to try to raise even more money to fight the disease that she says robbed her of both her grandfathers. "I would like to take a moment and thank everyone who came out to support me and my team and also would like to thank and recognize the other Fair Queens Brittany from Polk County and Courtney Riley from Monroe County in making the journey to join m...

SACK: Knights raise money to 'Sack' SIDS, Autism and Cancer

By Vinton Today · September 24th, 2018
[caption id="attachment_24238" align="alignleft" width="300"] Mark and Elisha Palmer of the Knox Blox Foundation joined the Union captains during SACK night.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_24239" align="alignright" width="300"] Union football manager Olivia Scott received the check on behalf of the River Hills facility.

Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 21

By Vinton Today · September 19th, 2018
Benton County Public Health Director, Melissa Smith, RN, BSN, is sharing the following information of public interest. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Iowa Department on Aging and Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition join partners across the state in recognizing September 21, 2018, as Falls Prevention Awareness Day.

If you have a cell phone, you are likely to receive a test emergency message from the federal government on Oct. 3. Originally scheduled for this Thursday, Sept. 20, but delayed because of Hurricane Florence, the test text messaging service is designed to warn Americans about pending emergencies or disasters.

Iowa West Nile Virus Activity Highest Since 2003

By Vinton Today · September 15th, 2018
West Nile virus cases have hit the second highest number since the mosquito-born virus was identified in Iowa in 2002. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports 73 cases of West Nile virus are under investigation. The highest year was 2003, when Iowa had 147 cases. “School has started, Halloween is just around the corner and some people are even thinking about the holidays, but mosquitoes are still thriving and biting,” said IDPH Deputy Epidemiologist, Dr.

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