Health And Fitness

WOW Newsletter – January 2023

While the end of January is fast approaching, it’s not too late to get building new healthy habits. Check out the ‘Make Better Choices’ article for some suggestions to get started! Attached you will find your edition of the January 2023 Words on Wellness newsletter.This edition features:·    Handling Leftovers and Food Safety·    Recipe for Slow Cooker Pork Chili·    The Joy of Physical Activity·    Make Better Choices Easier Check out upcoming human sciences events on the calendar -- https://www.

ImpactLife Blood Drive Feb. 8, 2023 in Shellsburg

The Shellsburg Lions will once again be hosting a blood drive at the Shellsburg American Legion on Wed. Feb 8 from 3:00 to 5:30 pm. To schedule an appointment, call Ed Shaeffer at 319-389-2682 or schedule online at

Impact Life Blood Drive is scheduled for January 26, Van Horne

Impact Life Blood Drive is scheduled for January 26 at the Van Horne Community Center from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. To schedule your appointment please contact ImpactLife Cedar Rapids at 800-747-5401 or visit online at 

HHS Launches Campaign to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl Threat

The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announce the launch of a multi-platform, multi-audience messaging campaign aimed at educating parents and young Iowans about the dangers of counterfeit pills and fentanyl.More and more young Iowans are experimenting with pills believing they will help them feel better, study more effectively or reduce social anxiety.

VGH to offer Diabetes Prevention Program Classes in February

Virginia Gay Hospital Diabetes Prevention Program will be offering new classes beginning in February. Visit with your Primary Care Physician or call Sara Wattnem, Clinical Dietitian and Diabetes Care and Education Specialist at 319-472-6254 for more information. 1 in 3 American Adults has prediabetes, do you? HELPFUL LIFESTYLE TIPS The best way to reverse prediabetes is by joining the National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle change program.

American Red Cross Blood Drive January 26

The American Red Cross will be hosting a Blood Drive at the Vinton Skate Center, 1703 C Avenue, on Thursday, January 26, 2023, from 12:30-5:30. Please call 1-800-RED-Cross / 1-800-733-2767 to schedule. You may also schedule online @ and use sponsor code Vinton.

LifeServe Blood Drive event for January 24 Canceled

The Virginia Gay Hospital and Vinton Community Blood Drive scheduled for January 24th has been canceled. The next event will be held on March 28, 2023.Please contact your chairperson or LifeServe Blood Center at 800.287.4903 to reschedule your appointment. We apologize for any inconvenience.Thank you for being a contributor in your community!

January 2023 Benton County Public Health Clinic Schedule

Quinapril, blood pressure medication recall

Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. is voluntarily recalling four (4) lots of Quinapril Tablets to the patient (consumer/user) level due to the presence of a nitrosamine impurity, N-Nitroso-Quinapril, observed in recent testing above the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) level. To date, Lupin has received no reports of illness that appear to relate to this issue.

The Annual "How We're Doing" Report

According to "County Health Rankings and Road Maps," Benton County is a pretty great place to live. According to an article in, "The Neighbor," Benton County ranks at 24th in the state for Health outcomes statewide. The average life expectancy in Benton County is 79.4 years (0.7 more than the statewide average) putting us at #38 for our Length of Life ranking, while ranking our quality of life at #17 in the state.
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