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Health And Fitness

Attorney General Tom Miller provided an update on the opioid epidemic in Iowa

The AG’s office has worked to address the opioid crisis in the state for the past five years, challenging and suing manufacturers and distributors. The office has focused on prevention, including the over-prescription of opioids that caused this crisis, and treatment, specifically on MAT or Medication for Addiction Treatment.

Place Your Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from Here’s what you need to know about your order:Limit of one order per residential addressOne order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 testsOrders will ship free starting in late JanuaryClick here to place your order.
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Vinton Community Red Cross Blood Drive January 20th

The Vinton Community Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, January 20, at the Vinton Skate Center from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Appointments can be made by going online at or calling Kristie at (319) 472-4292.  Blood supplies are critically low at this time, so please consider giving your gift of life.

NEWS (Nutrition Education with Seniors) January Newsletter

 You will find the January NEWS (Nutrition Education with Seniors) newsletter below.This edition features:·     The Power of Snacking·     Canned Pinto Beans·     Eliminate Cross Contamination·     Get Moving·     R

COVID-19 vaccine clinic canceled for tonight January 14

Due to inclement weather conditions and for the safety of our community, we are cancelling tonight’s COVID19 Vaccine Clinic from 5:30pm-9:00pm. Stay well and safe everyone. Thank you, Benton County Public Health.
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Help us help you

Our hospitals are quickly filling up again with COVID-19 patients and with those suffering from other illnesses and injuries. Our ability to transfer critical patients to higher-level facilities is becoming extremely difficult and is very concerning. Our employees are tired and overwhelmed. Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics  joins our area rural hospital partners in asking our communities for help.

PRZ (Peer Recovery Zone) January Schedule

The PRZ Zone meets at 811 D Ave in Vinton on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Feel free to come and go or stay the whole day! Bring a snack or drink, must be 18 years or older.Peer Support Centers help to create a safe, caring and inclusive space where adults can connect with others who share similar life experiences. While at the PRZ you can have healthy discussions and participate in workshops and crafts as well as have fun spending time with people just like you!If you have questions you can call Brandee at 515-745-7934.

COVID-19 summary for Benton County

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January Words on Wellness Newsletter

Below you will find your edition of the January 2022 Words on Wellness newsletter.This edition features:·    Potato 101·    Recipe for Loaded Potato Soup·    Food Safety Mythbusters·    Encouragement Goes Far For a full list of ISU Extension & Outreach Human Sciences events, visit https://www.

ASAC makes a Positive Impact on Everyone

Every day we see the love of our community as we support those in need. As we celebrate the holidays, we appreciate all the gifts that you have given throughout the year.With your support, ASAC has helped more than 12,000 youth and adults learn skills to help prevent substance use and gambling disorders, and lead others. We have partnered with educators, parents, helping professionals and employers to provide tools so that they can share learning about the hazards of substance use and problem gambling in their daily lives.
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