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Health And Fitness

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), in collaboration with the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), recognizes March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM).Throughout March, a wide range of stakeholders, including public health organizations, prevention and treatment providers, advocacy groups and gambling operators work collaboratively to let people know that hope and help exist for problem gambling.

Similac PM 60/40 Recall

Abbott is recalling one lot of Similac PM 60/40 (Lot # 27032K80 (can) / Lot # 27032K800 (case)) manufactured in Sturgis, Michigan. This is in addition to lots of Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare powder formula that were recalled on February 17. The FDA’s investigation related to powder infant formula produced in Abbott’s Sturgis, Michigan facility related to Cronobacter and Salmonella infections in infants is ongoing.
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Virginia Gay Hospital Vaccine Clinic for March

Don't forget to order FREE COVID tests if you haven't already

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.Update: 2/28/22Poison control centers warn of COVID-19 test kit risks (msn.

Infant Formula Recall Issued

Abbott is initiating a proactive, voluntary recall of powder formulas, including Similac, Alimentum and EleCare manufactured in Sturgis, Mich., one of the company’s manufacturing facilities. The recall does not include any metabolic deficiency nutrition formulas.Affected products are in circulation in Iowa retail locations and have been distributed through the Iowa Department of Public Health’s WIC program.
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Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) offers Naloxone for Businesses & Venues

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) offers the Opioid Update to share information about opioid use and Iowa’s efforts to address the national opioid epidemic.  Please feel free to submit topics to RaChel Greenwood at In this issue: Department NewsOpioid NewsResources  Department NewsNaloxone for Iowa Organizations and BusinessesTo help address the issue of opioid misuse, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is launching a new initiative.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

 Every year during the month of February, victim service providers and community advocates work together to spread awareness for teen dating violence. According to, 1 in 3 teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from an intimate partner before they become adults. When college age students are examined, “nearly half (43%) of those who identify as college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors.

Shellsburg Lions to hold Blood Drive February 10

The Shellsburg Lions Club will be hosting a blood drive on Feb 10 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Masonic Hall. The Masonic Hall is at 101 Grove St NW with parking access on the Pearl St side. We have a few time slots left. To register please call Ed Shaeffer at 319-389-2682 or You can also schedule to donate by clicking this link, https://login.
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Benton County Nursing Homes dealing with COVID infections

In Benton County, both the Vinton Lutheran Home and the Keystone Nursing Care center saw a spike in COVID cases. The Vinton Lutheran home had only six cases last week but the state of Iowa reported 19 cases this week. The Keystone Nursing Care Center now has eight infections.This week the Iowa Department of Public Health announced that it will no longer collect data from Iowa nursing homes concerning COVID-19 infection.

Area Therapist published in Medical Journal

Elise Healzer, LMFT of Vinton shared her expertise to help publish paper in the Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases Elise Healzer a local Mental Health Therapist or LMFT was published this week in the Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, a medical journal article entitled, "Development of a standard of care for patients with valosin-containing protein associated multisystem proteinopathy." She was surprised to be approached about contributing to the project. "If you had told me a year ago that I would be published in a medical journal I would have laughed in your face," she said.
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