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Health And Fitness

Blood Drive Monday, August 9th

There will be a Blood Drive held on Monday, August 9, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 1:30 p.m. at the Vinton-Shellsburg High School located at 210 West 21st. St., Vinton.Masks and appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, contact Samantha Walton at 319-550-8882.Donors get their choice of a 1/4 zip performance pullover or a gift card AND the chance to win a $500 gift card.

Calling all LifeServers!

The community blood supply is critically low. We need immediate donations to boost the blood supply. Can you take an hour to help provide the blood that's currently needed in local hospitals? Virginia Gay Hospital and Vinton Community 07/20/2021 (01:45 pm - 05:30 pm) 502 N 9th Ave Virginia Gay Hospital - Cafeteria Vinton, IA 52349 In partnership with the state’s public health department, LifeServe Blood Center is testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies.
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July NEWS (Nutrition Education with Seniors) Newsletter

Attached you will find the July NEWS (Nutrition Education with Seniors) newsletter.This edition features:·    5 Quick Facts for Vitamin B12·    Canned Tuna·    Freezer Tips·    Medications and B12 Absorption·    Recipe for Apple Tuna Sandwiches&

Summer food safety tips

Iowa Department of Public Health is seeing an increase in foodborne illness reports, which tend to peak during the summer. Warmer temperatures help pathogens such as Salmonella thrive. Bacteria multiply rapidly at room temperature or in the “Danger Zone” between 40°F and 140°F, so never leave perishable food out for more than 2 hours (or 1 hour if it’s hotter than 90°F outside).

Words on Wellness for July

Attached you will find your edition of the July 2021 Words on Wellness Newsletter. This edition features:* July is National Watermelon Month!* Recipe for Avocado Toast with Watermelon* Cutting and Storing Fresh Fruit* Fun ways to explore Iowa State ParksClick to view!
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Schedule back-to-school exams now to avoid the rush

Many families may be playing catch up with their regular visits to the dentist, eye doctor, and family physician after the delays caused by COVID-19. To avoid the back-to-school rush amid summer vacations, camps, and activities, Delta Dental of Iowa encourages families to contact their health providers now to schedule those dental appointments, eye exams, school physicals, and wellness exams.


LifeServe Blood Center, the non-profit community-based blood supplier in our region, is now one of hundreds of organizations across the state facing unprecedented and critical staff shortages. These staff shortages and lack of blood donor turnout is causing the blood supply to dip to alarmingly low levels. The staff shortage is impacting the blood center's ability to hold mobile blood drives.


We all love to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, food and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on our nation's roads. This American holiday also brings increased consumption of alcohol and drugs which leads to impaired driving and deadly consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nationally, during the 2019 July 4th holiday period (the most recent statistics available), 515 people died in motor vehicle crashes and 198 of these fatalities occurred in an alcohol-impaired crash.
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LifeServe Blood Center is asking community members to give blood to help patients in local hospitals this summer.Travel, outdoor fun, boating, and other summer activities can all lead to an increase in traumas in local emergency rooms. Many of these patients will require blood transfusions as part of their treatment or recovery. To ensure blood is available for this increased need, please give blood at an upcoming blood drive in your community! Appointments are required.

Darwin Boots - CNA Apprenticeship Completion

Virginia Gay Hospital celebrates Darwin Boots, CNA in Nursing & Rehab! Darwin recently received his Certified Nursing Assistant certificate completing a CNA apprenticeship program in conjunction with Kirkwood Community College and VGH. Darwin completed 2000 hours of on the job work hours and an additional Geriatric course. Through the KCC Apprenticeship program, Darwin participated in a forum with U.
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