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Compassus, a nationwide provider of integrated home-based care services, including hospice care, is looking for hospice volunteers in Vinton, Iowa, and the surrounding areas. Volunteering with Compassus is a rewarding way to enhance the lives of hospice patients and their families.Hospice volunteers are part of a special team of people who serve patients receiving end-of-life care and their families, working together to preserve dignity and quality of life.


Who will you be cheering for during Super Bowl LVIII? The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) and law enforcement partners are cheering for sober drivers! Whether you’re hosting a Super Bowl party or attending one, everyone has an important job: keep drunk drivers off the road so we can all make it home safely. During Super Bowl LVIII, law enforcement across Iowa will be reminding football enthusiasts, Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.
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Public Health Department offers Community Supports

In general, government meetings are pretty boring to sit through. However, the one time that they are interesting to listen in on, is at budget time. This is when you get to see where every dime of your taxpayer money gets spent. Some departments are more interesting than others, at least to me. My ears perked up when Grace Schmidt, Director of Public Health was speaking to the Board of Supervisors.

February Words on Wellness

Attached you will find your edition of the February 2024 Words on Wellness newsletter.This edition features:·    February is American Heart Month·    Recipe for Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Soup·    Using Food Thermometers·    VITA – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Check out upcoming human sciences events on the calendar -- https://www.


As we wrap up the first month of the new year, LifeServe Blood Center is urging community members to roll up a sleeve and give blood donation a try. Donor retention is a big struggle we face at LifeServe. Many of our donors only donate 1-2 times per year, but if they all committed to giving one more blood donation this year, our blood supply would be in a much more stable state.
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ISU stem-cell research could enable new treatment for those with blood diseases

BY: BROOKLYN DRAISEY Findings from a group of Iowa State University researchers could lead to the ability to create new blood stem cells from a patient’s own blood, possibly doing away with the need for bone marrow transplants.ISU assistant professor of genetics, development and cell biology Raquel Espin Palazon and her team discovered that a microbial sensor that aids in finding bacterial infections, known as Nod1, also plays a key role in the creation of blood stem cells.

"Powerful Tools for Caregivers" classes offered

Feeling stretched caring for a family member or friend? Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a class designed to provide you— the caregiver—with skills to take care of yourself. The series of six classes, held once each week, offers tools and support to help you reduce stress, solve problems, and communicate confidently when faced with tough decisions.

WOW Newsletter – January 2024

Welcome to 2024! Wishing you a happy and healthy new year.Attached you will find your edition of the January 2024 Words on Wellness newsletter.This edition features:·    Let’s Be Clear on Cleaning·    Recipe for Scrambled Egg Skillet·    Win With Workplace Wellness·   
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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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