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Health And Fitness

CDC Recommends Additional Boosters for Certain Individuals

 Boosters are safe, and people over the age of 50 can now get an additional booster 4 months after their prior dose to increase their protection further. This is especially important for those 65 and older and those 50 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase their risk for severe disease from COVID-19 as they are the most likely to benefit from receiving an additional booster dose at this time.

FDA Investigation of Cronobacter Infections: Powdered Infant Formula

Do not use recalled Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare powdered infant formulas produced at Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, MI, facilityIf you want to check if your powdered formula is part of the recall, you can enter the product lot code on the bottom of your package on the company’s websiteExternal Link Disclaimer.If you have questions or need information about the recall, you can Submit Questions/Get Assistance.
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Impact Life to hold Blood Drive April 13

The next Lions/ImpactLife Blood drive is scheduled for April 13 at the Shellsburg Legion Hall. To register please call Ed Shaeffer at 319-389-2682 or eshaeff@gmail.com. You can also schedule to donate by clicking this link, https://login.bloodcenter.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/107012. Thank you for supporting this great cause. The blood bank is in serious need for blood at this time, so any donate is greatly appreciated.

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

By Ricki HallThe month of April is National Alcohol Awareness Month. When the topic of alcohol is being discussed, there is often misinformation in the conversation. We want our community to be safe and healthy, so let’s work together to understand the effects of alcohol.Alcohol works by slowing down the brain. When alcohol is paired with caffeine, a stimulant that increases brain activity, the brain has a difficult time processing the amount of alcohol that is in the body.

IDPH Celebrates International Adolescent Health Week

 The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is recognizing International Adolescent Health Week March 20-26, 2022, and encourages all Iowans to put the health, safety, and well-being of children first every day, but especially during this week. Despite the challenges young people face today, Iowa teens are thriving:The percentage of 11th grade students who reported having at least one drink of alcohol in the past 30 days decreased from 26.
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Spring into Life, Give Blood March 22

 Spring into action and give the gift of life by donating blood. LifeServe Blood Center is urging community members to roll up their sleeve and give blood as soon as possible!Someone requires a blood transfusion every 2 seconds. 100% of the blood products needed by your community hospital come from LifeServe blood donors.Make an appointment at an upcoming neighborhood blood drive near you.

Community Health Needs Assessment

Virginia Gay Hospital in collaboration with Benton County Public Health to conduct a survey assessing the top health and community needs of the people we serve. The following survey questions are based on six factors important for the health and well-being of everyone in your community. We are interested in your input.The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

ASAC Works to Lower Substance-use Related Deaths through Workplace Changes

Seventy-seven percent of individuals who use substances are employed either full or part-time, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, employed individuals with a substance use disorder are three to four times more likely to have an accident on the job and five times more likely to file a workers’ compensation claim according to the Employee Assistance Society of North America.
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Shellsburg Lions/ImpactLife Blood Drive April 13

The next Lions/ImpactLife Blood drive is scheduled for April 13 at the Shellsburg Legion Hall. To register please call Ed Shaeffer at 319-389-2682 or eshaeff@gmail.com. You can also schedule to donate by clicking this link, https://login.bloodcenter.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/107012. Thank you for supporting this great cause. The blood bank is in serious need for blood at this time, so any donate is greatly appreciated.

Benton County Public Health Schedules First Sexual Health Screening Clinic

Benton County Public Health, in partnership with Linn County Public Health, will begin providing free and confidential screening for HIV, hepatitis C, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. The first clinic will be held on Monday, March 28th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and will continue on a quarterly schedule. No identification or insurance is needed to take part in this service.
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