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Health And Fitness

Keeping the Blood Supply Safe for Patients in Need

Each year, LifeServe Blood Center performs more than one million tests on blood products collected from volunteer blood donors. Each individual blood unit is put through fifteen tests to ensure its safety! These tests are performed in a state-of-the-art laboratory to make sure every blood product is safe to transfuse to a hospital patient.

Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation asks you to “Round Up for Hope”

The Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation (VGHHCF) is partnering with Vinton’s Fareway Meat and Grocery Store from September 14-19 to raise funds in support of women’s health in Benton County. The “Round Up for Hope” campaign will collect the change when customers choose to round their transactions up to the nearest dollar amount. Those donations will be directed to the VGHHCF program, Gifts of Hope.
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Generation Rx: Free Prescription Drug Misuse Education Program for Benton County

Generation Rx—a free and educational initiative to promote safe medication practices in an effort to prevent the misuse of prescription drugs, is being offered to any group in Benton County that is interested in participating. The educational program includes a short presentation on safe medication practices followed by an interactive trivia game, all in an effort to prevent prescription drug misuse.

Vinton Community Red Cross Blood Drive, September 30

The next Vinton Community Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Wednesday, September 30, at the Vinton Skate Center, 1703 C Avenue, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Due to Covid-19, please wear your mask and make an appointment at

Labor Day 2020 COVID-19 and Food Safety Guidance

As Iowans gather with their families this Labor Day to celebrate the accomplishments of American workers, and mark the unofficial end of summer vacation, IDPH reminds all Iowans that COVID-19 is still circulating in Iowa. All Iowans should continue to take precautions to protect the health of themselves and their families. Before attending a family gathering or cookout, please take a moment to review this guidance to help you understand how the virus spreads and how to protect yourself and others.

Benton County Public Health Reminds Residents to Gather Responsibly Over Weekend

As Iowans prepare to celebrate the accomplishments of American workers and mark the unofficial end of summer vacation this Labor Day weekend, Benton County Public Health urges residents to be informed about how COVID-19 spreads and steps they can take to reduce the spread of the virus. “The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus in the first place,” said County Public Health Director Katie Cox.


LifeServe Blood Center is asking community members to book an appointment to give blood at an upcoming area blood drive.To help ensure the safety of blood donors and team members during this COVID-19 pandemic, LifeServe is enforcing several precautionary measures. Appointments are required. Donors who do not have an appointment will not be able to give blood.

September WOW Newsletter

Attached you will find the September 2020 WOW newsletter. This edition features:·     Back to School? Back to Work? Pack Lunch to Go!·     Recipe for After-School Hummus·     Don’t Forget About Lunch Box Food Safety·     Beginning SMART Physical Activity Goals For resources to use during the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit our Finding Answers Now page.

VGH Clinics are open now to serve the Community

Make your appointment today at any of the following locations!Our clinics are fully open and able to schedule appointments either early mornings or later in the afternoons and early evenings for your convenience. Atkins Family Medical Clinic 401 Cardinal Ave.Atkins, IA 52206Phone: (319) 446-7800Therapy Clinic: (319) 446-7806Monday: 7:00am-7:00pmTuesday: 7:00am-7:00pmWednesday: 7:00am-7:00pmThursday: 7:00am-7:00pmFriday: 7:00am-4:00pmPROVIDERSSamantha Isaac, PA-CAbby Reiter, PA-CUrbana Family Medical Clinic1002 W.

‘Team Up For 10’ with the Healthiest State Annual Walk on October 7

In October 2011, Gov. Terry Branstad led a "Start Somewhere Walk" outside of the Iowa Capitol and invited communities across the state to do the same. It was a call to action for all Iowans to prioritize their health and make physical activity part of their daily routines.Each year after that, a Healthiest State Annual Walk has been held on the first Wednesday of October and hundreds of thousands of Iowans have participated over the course of a decade.
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