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Health And Fitness

A Loss and a Plea to care for Yourself

Brian and Lesley in October 2021  My name is Lesley Friedhoff.  I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Madison, WI; I also served as an Active Duty Psychologist in the United States Air Force for 6 years.  I am the sister-in-law of Stacie (Friedhoff) Marzen who resides in Vinton, IA with her family. The following is an essay I wrote and shared publicly on social media on what would have been my husband’s 44th Birthday on August 2nd, 2023.

Blood Drive at Virginia Gay Hospital, September 26 12-4:30 p.m.

Calling all LifeServers! We need immediate donations to boost the blood supply. Our local blood supply is critically low. Please book an appointment at our upcoming blood drive by clicking the link below.Virginia Gay Hospital and Vinton Community09/26/2023 (12:30 pm - 04:30 pm)502 N 9th AveVirginia Gay Hospital-Clinic Conference RoomVinton, IA 52349Each day hundreds of injured or ill hospital patients in Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska require blood transfusions.
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Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run Challenge

The Gifts of Hope Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run Challenge, is a virtual event, that will be hosted by Virginia Gay Hospital. The challenge will take place throughout the month of October and is raising funds for Gifts of Hope and encouraging women to schedule their mammograms. The first 100 people to donate $15 will receive a handmade crocheted hat.

Benton County CISM Team here to serve Emergency Services Personnel

Are you a police officer, corrections officer, firefighter, emergency medical services clinician, emergency management coordinator, healthcare worker, death investigator, 911 telecommunicator, or any other high-risk professional who responds to emergency scenes?We know the traumatic incidents you encounter can take a toll on your mental and physical health over time.

Vinton Counseling Services provide Counseling & Therapy Services

As part of Suicide Prevention Month, Vinton Today is working with the Benton County Suicide Prevention Coalition to share resources with the community. ---Vinton Counseling Services provides counseling and therapy services for anyone experiencing personal problems, relationship difficulties or family concerns. Common reasons for seeking help include: feelings of depression or anxiety; problems communicating effectively; concern about a child’s behavior; problems with alcohol or drug use; difficulties with anger, hostility or violence; suicidal thoughts; coming to terms with a difficult past; adjusting to stressful situations; concern over relationship issues.
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We know that life can be difficult sometimes

We know that life can be difficult sometimes.You may be feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, have thoughts of suicide, or other feelings. There are no qualifications for a “crisis” to talk to our crisis counselors. We are here to help you with anything you don’t want to or can’t handle alone.A crisis can include:feelings of anxiety or depressionthoughts of suicide or self harmdifficulty with relationships, including parent-child and intimate partner relationshipstrouble managing life responsibilities, roles or expectationsstress about financial hardshipsdifficulty handling death or lossand moreWe can help you through a crisis, or aid you in supporting a loved one, co-worker or even a stranger through a difficult time.

What You Should Know About the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The NPRM was posted by the Federal Register for public inspection on Aug. 7, 2023 and published in the Federal Register on Aug. 11, 2023. The NPRM is available at

1st Annual Benton County "Out Of The Darkness" Awareness Walk, September 10th

The 1st Annual Benton County "Out Of The Darkness" Awareness Walk will be held at the Benton Community MS/HS Track & Field Complex located at 600 1st St. Van Horne.Please join the Benton County Suicide Prevention Coalition in our 1st Annual Benton County "Out of the Darkness " awareness walk on  September 10 from 7-9:00 p.m.The 2 mile walk is on a both wheelchair & stroller accessible track.
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What Happens When Someone Calls ASAC?

Have you ever wondered what happens when someone calls ASAC seeking additional information on treatment or other services? First, all calls and emails are received by our Patient Service Representatives. They are experts in helping individuals identify the next steps, navigate any necessary paperwork, and get connected to the appropriate ASAC team member.

Hawkeye Community College to Host Cedar Valley Mental Health Summit September 22

Hawkeye Community College will host the annual Cedar Valley Mental Health Summit on Friday, September 22, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Tama Hall on Hawkeye’s Main Campus, 1501 E. Orange Rd, Waterloo, Iowa. The theme is Connecting the Whole Body, with sessions focused on physical, mental, and financial health, including Eating Disorders 101, Financial Problems and Mental Health, Pivot Your Health Through Movement, How Mental Illness Can Affect the GI, and Mind-Body Connection: Putting It Together with Purposeful Practice.
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