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Health And Fitness

New Organization Forms: Benton County Suicide Prevention Coalition (BCSPC)

The Benton County Suicide Prevention Coalition (BCSPC) is a newly formed organization working to become a 501(c)(3). The coalition is comprised of organizations and individuals who have been affected by suicide in some way and have a vision to eliminate suicides in Benton County.According to the CDC, suicide rates decreased 37% from 2008-2018, decreased by another 5% from 2018-2020 but nearly reached peak numbers again in 2021 nationwide.

Splashpad and pool safety

Splashpad safetySplashpads are a great way for young children to enjoy the water while reducing the risk of drowning. However, despite not collecting water in the play area as a pool would, splashpads are capable of spreading germs. Depending on the design, water from splashpads may drain into the sewer system or be treated and recirculated.Here are a few ways to stay safe while enjoying splashpads this summer:• Stay out of the water if you are sick with diarrhea.
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Tickborne diseases and prevention

Tickborne diseases in IowaTick bites can transmit several diseases, including the bacterial infection Lyme disease, the most commonlyreported tickborne disease in Iowa. Other tickborne diseases found in Iowa include babesiosis, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, spotted fever group rickettsiosis, and tularemia. These diseases can cause illnesses ranging from mild to severe, up to and including hospitalization or death.

July Words on Wellness

Below you will find the July 2023 Words on Wellness newsletter.This edition features:·    Produce Basics·    Recipe for Summer Bounty Salad·    How to Create a Container Garden·    Journey with Mindfulness Check out upcoming human sciences events on the calendar -- https://www.

Fresh Conversations at 4th St. Diner Monday, July 24

This Month's ConversationsWho is on my diabetes care team? What are the risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes? Try Tabbouleh! How to join: This Month's Conversations Fresh Conversations is funded by USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Date: Monday, July 24th Time: 12:15 PM Location: HACAP 4th Street Diner Vinton, IowaFresh Conversations is a free nutrition and physical education program for ages 60+.
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PC Specialty Care Recognized with 2023 AHCA/NCAL Silver National Quality Award

La Porte City Specialty Care has been recognized as a 2023 Silver – Achievement in Quality award recipient by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The award is the second of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which recognizes organizations that meet progressively rigorous standards of performance to further improve the lives of residents and staff in long term care.

La Porte City Specialty Care Receives 2023 Governor's Award for Quality Care

La Porte City Specialty Care, a member of Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA), has received the Governor's Award for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities for 2023. This award recognizes Iowa health care facilities that offer unique or innovative activities to enhance the quality of care or quality of life for their residents. Facilities are nominated for the award by residents and family members.

Public Health will now be located at the Rural Access Center

Virginia Gay Hospital has proudly served Benton County Public Health needs for the last 28 years. As we transition Public Health to a County based department, we would like to welcome our new Public Health Administrator Grace Petrzelka! Benton County Public Health will now be located at The Rural Access Hub, 811 D Ave. Vinton, IA 52349. Phone 319-214-2601, Fax 319-214-2602.
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Blood Drive at VGH Tuesday, July 25

There will be a blood drive in the VGH Conference Room on Tuesday, July 25. The event will take place from 12:30-4:30 p.m.To set up your appointment you can call 800-287-4903 or go to www.lifeservebloodcenter.orgDonors will receive a FREE movie ticket to the Vinton Palace Theatre!

July Calendar for Peer Recovery Zone-Vinton

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