Health And Fitness

It's just a couple of beers

It’s just a few beers after work or a night out with friends. No big deal, right? What impact would it have on your friends and family if you didn’t make it back home?Even a little bit of alcohol can impact your reaction time. This chart from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows how just a little alcohol can impact your driving.A drink is defined as 12 ounces of 5% alcohol beer; five ounces of 12% alcohol wine; or one and a half ounces of 80-proof (40% alcohol) liquor.


What do you think of when you hear the term “impaired driving?” For many of us, the first thing that comes to mind is drinking and then getting behind the wheel. But with more than 20 states around the country now legalizing recreational marijuana, driving high now frequently enters into the impaired driving discussion.The dangers of driving high versus driving drunk can invoke some intense responses, but most people will concede that any impairment can cause issues when you’re behind the wheel.

FREE Welcome to Medicare Seminar

There will be a FREE seminar entitled, "Welcome to Medicare." The event will take place on Saturday, April 29, from 9-11:00 a.m. at the Vinton Family Medical Clinic located at 504 North 9th Ave. in Vinton.Registration is required by April 20. Call 472-6230, seating is limited. Enter through the clinic entrance. Elevator is to the right. Go to Level 1.

Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) Clinics

SHIIP Clinics:  Monday, April 10th, 2023: 1pm- 5pm Tuesday, April 11th, 2023: 9am- 5pm Friday, April 14th , 2023: 9am- 5pm Monday, April 17th, 2023: 1pm- 5pm Tuesday, April 18th, 2023: 9am- 5pm Friday, April 21st , 2023: 9am- 5pm Monday, April 24th, 2023: 1pm- 5pm Tuesday, April 25th, 2023: 9am- 5pm Wednesday, April 26th, 2023: 9am- 5pm Friday, April 28th, 2023: 9am- 5pm Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP): Medicare counseling services for Iowans.

COVID Vaccine Clinic

Benton County Public Health Clinic.Virginia Gay Hospital 502 North 9th Ave.Vinton, IA Check-in at the front entrance registration desk. COVID19 Vaccine Clinics: Tuesday, April 11th, 2023, 5pm-9pm: Vaccine Clinic for all ages Pfizer/Moderna Wednesday, April 12th, 2023, 5pm-9pm: Vaccine Clinic for all ages Pfizer/Moderna Thursday, April 13th, 2023, 5pm-9pm: Vaccine Clinic for all ages Pfizer/Moderna Monday April 17th , 2023, 9am-1pm : Vaccine Clinic for adults Pfizer/Moderna *Clinic times are walk in - no appointment needed *Cost: Free *Remember to bring your vaccination card.

Fresh Conversations at 4th St. Diner April 24th

The 4th St. Diner will host Fresh Conversations presented by the Linn County Health. The event will be held on April 24, at 12:30 pm at the diner. Fresh Conversations is a free nutrition and physical education program for ages 60+. The program offers practical tips and sensible solutions to everyday problems that get in the way of doing what most people want to do: eat well and live well! .

April Words on Wellness

ImpactLife Blood Drive in Shellsburg, April 19, 2023

The Shellsburg Lions will once again be hosting a blood drive at the Shellsburg American Legion on Wednesday April 19, from 3:00 to 5:30 pm. To schedule an appointment, call Ed Shaeffer at 319-389-2682 or schedule online at

Workplace Substance Use Prevention

Healthy, substance-free workplaces save thousands of dollars every year and provide better service to customers. Addressing substance use in the workplace can take a variety of forms, ranging from educational programs to policy development.  ASAC staff can help businesses to create a safe and healthy workplace by helping organizations to develop or revise company drug or tobacco/nicotine policies.

Bill establishing midwife licensing advances through Iowa House

By ROBIN OPSAHL Midwives would have a licensing process for the first time in Iowa under legislation approved with bipartisan support Tuesday by Iowa House.Iowa is one of 15 states that does not have a licensing process for professional midwives. The bill, House File 265, would create a regulatory board to certify midwifes and ensure they’ve completed an educational course before practicing, with exemptions for those practicing in Native American, Mennonite and Amish communities or other religious communities with “traditional” midwifery practices.
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