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Health And Fitness

Blood Drive January 25 at the Vinton Skate Center

The next American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on January 25th at the Vinton Skate Center from 12:30-5:30 p.m.You may call 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767) or visit to register.  Use sponsor code "Vinton."You will be registered to win a trip to the Super Bowl! There is always a big needafter the holidays, as donations lag then.

Virginia Gay Hospital and Vinton Community Blood Drive January 30

Virginia Gay Hospital and Vinton Community Blood Drive will hold a blood donation site at the Virginia Gay Hospital Clinic Conference Room. Tuesday, January 30 from 11:45 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. donations can be made. The hospital is located at 502 N. 9th Ave. in Vinton. Appointments are encouraged. Text Lifeserve to 999-777 Call 800-287-4903 or visit www.
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LifeServe Blood Center is asking community members to show their support for local law enforcement January 8- 13 during the blood center’s annual Blue Blood Drive. LifeServe Blood Center is partnering with Iowa C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) to host special blood drives across the tristate area the week of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

WOW Newsletter for December 2023

This December 2023 Words on Wellness newsletter features:·    Slow Cooker: Your Best Friend for Plant-based Meals·    Recipe for Slow Cooker Black-eyed Pea Soup·    Flu Shot Time!·    Smart Habits Mean Savings·    Find Your Movement Motivation Check out upcoming human sciences events on the calendar -- https://www.

Amerigroup Iowa Health Plan to be renamed Wellpoint in January 2024

 No impact or changes to members’ health plan benefits, services and care provider network as a result of the new nameNo impact to healthcare provider agreementsNew name reflects the company’s continued evolution to deliver whole healthAmerigroup Iowa, a subsidiary of Elevance Health serving Medicaid enrollees, will begin rebranding as Wellpoint in January 2024, to reflect the company’s evolution to support whole health.
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Virginia Gay Hospital and Vinton Community Blood Drive Today 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Betty's Holiday Giveaway is our way of saying 'thank you' to the donors who make time during the busy holiday season to give the greatest gift of all - the gift of life. And for their donation, they have the chance to earn a gift for themselves! Betty, LifeServe's favorite mascot friend, has spent hours circling the toy magazines and scrolling Amazon during her time sitting in the donor chair, all to create the perfect holiday wish list.

Shellsburg Lions Blood Drive December 20

The Shellsburg Lions will be holding their next blood drive on December 20. Please call 319-389-2682 to sign up. The blood drive is still very short on supply and donors are greatly needed. The Shellsburg Lions are always looking for new or returning members. If you have any questions, please call Ed Shaeffer at 389-2682.

Thank you to those who participated in the Gifts of Hope Fundraiser

Gifts of Hope is made possible by the generosity of the community who supports the program. Thank you to those who participated in the Run/Walk Challenge. The funds raised will support the Gifts of Hope program. A drawing was held from all of the participants for a blanket that was made by Regina Malaska and a drink cup made by Steph Gibbs.
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HHS Announces Intent to Award New Dental Care Contracts

The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the intent to award contracts to Delta Dental of Iowa and DentaQuest USA Inc. to provide dental care to Iowa Medicaid members through Iowa’s Dental Wellness Plan and Hawki.Oral health is essential to health and well-being and this announcement is the latest move from HHS and Medicaid to transform and improve care for Iowans.


The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by giving the gift of life! By visiting a blood drive, you have the opportunity to save local lives. Blood donations are vital to our local hospitals year-round but especially during the winter months when accidents and emergencies can happen at any moment. Your donation can make a difference and ensure that local hospitals have the life-saving resources they need this season.
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