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Health And Fitness


Elections were held during the 123rd Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association’s (IOMA) Annual Conference, which was recently held in Des Moines. Dr. Brian Meeker of Vinton was elected President of the Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association. Dr. Meeker obtained his Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree in 1984 from University of Osteopathic Medicine & Health Sciences (Des Moines University), in Des Moines, Iowa.

LifeServe Blood Center is on-call to send blood products to Texas

LifeServe Blood Center is prepared to support areas in emergency situations as part of the Blood Emergency Readiness Corps (BERC). BERC, is composed of more than 35 blood centers from across the nation that have committed to collecting extra blood units on a rotating, on-call schedule. The extra blood products are held in reserve for critical-need scenarios, like the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
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Vinton Red Cross Blood Drive Thursday, May 26

The Vinton Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, May 26, at the Vinton Skate and Activities Center, 1703 C Ave., from 1:00-6:00 p.m. Appointments can be made by going online at, or by calling Kristie at (319) 472-4292. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins will be accepted. All donors will receive an aluminum water bottle.

Benton County Public Health Sexual Health Screening Clinic Monday, June 27

enton 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, June 27th 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.

We need immediate donations to boost the blood supply! 5/24/22

Calling all LifeServers! We need immediate donations to boost the blood supply. Our local blood supply is critically low. Please book an appointment at our upcoming blood drive by clicking the link below.Virginia Gay Hospital and Vinton Community05/24/2022 (12:30 pm - 04:30 pm)502 N 9th AveVirginia Gay Hospital-Clinic Conference RoomVinton, IA 52349Each day hundreds of injured or ill hospital patients in Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska require blood transfusions.
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FDA on the availability of safe infant formula in the U.S.

On Monday night the FDA issued these news releases on the availability of safe infant formula in the U.S.: ·         FDA Encourages Importation of Safe Infant Formula and Other Flexibilities to Further Increase Availability·         FDA Provides New Updates on Activities to Mitigate Infant Formula Supply Challenges, Abbott Nutrition Agrees to Take Corrective Actions at Facility to Produce Safe Infant Formula FDA held a media call on this subject last night.

Fact Sheet: Helping Families Find Formula During the Infant Formula Shortage

To address infant formula shortages in the wake of Abbott Nutrition’s voluntary recall of certain powdered infant formulas, the Biden-Harris Administration is working to ensure that infant formula is safe and available for families across the country. Yesterday, President Biden spoke with retailers and manufacturers, including Walmart, Target, Reckitt, and Gerber, to discuss ways to get more formula quickly and safely onto store shelves.

May 2022 Word on Wellness Newsletter

You will find the May 2022 Words on Wellness newsletter below!This edition features:·    Fermented Foods Support Your Health·    Recipe for Tzatziki & Pita Chips·    Tend a Garden to Make Your Health Bloom·    Spring Clean Your Refrigerator
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Formula Shortage Update from the Departments of Public Health and Human Services

In Iowa and nationwide, infant formula is in short supply. The Iowa Departments of Public Health and Human Services are working to provide information and resources to Iowans who are impacted by the shortage.Supply chain constraints have been affecting product availability since January. The formula recall issued in February and closure of the Abbott production facility in Michigan has exacerbated this issue.

May NEWS (Nutrition Education with Seniors) Newsletter

Below you will find the May NEWS (Nutrition Education with Seniors) newsletter.This edition features:·     Get the Most Bang for Your Nutritional Buck·     Whole Wheat Pasta·     Food Safety in 4 Simple Steps·     Cook to Perfection·     Recipe for Pasta Salad Fresh ConversationsA free nutrition education program for adults 60+ designed to support healthy aging and independence.
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