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Health And Fitness


Iowa schools are eligible to receive a water bottle filling station.Iowa schools have the opportunity to receive a new water bottle filling station through the Rethink Your Drink program, funded by the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation. Selected schools will have an old drinking fountain replaced with a new Elkay water bottle filling station. Priority will be given to schools that have one or fewer water bottle filling stations in their building and schools that have a free and reduced price lunch status of 50% or greater.

FDA Approves Second COVID-19 Vaccine Prevention

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a second COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine; the approved vaccine will be marketed as Spikevax for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals 18 years of age and older. Key points:Spikevax meets the FDA’s rigorous standards for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality required for approval.
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Virginia Gay Nursing & Rehab Receives 2022 Customer Experience Award

Virginia Gay Nursing & Rehab is proud to announce that they are the recipient of Pinnacle Quality Insight's 2022 Customer Experience AwardTM. Qualifying for the award in the categories of Overall Satisfaction, Nursing Care, Dining Services, Cleanliness, Individual Needs, Laundry Services, Communication from Facility, Response to Problems, Recommend to Others, Professional Therapy Services, Admission Process, Safety and Security and Overall Customer Experience, VGNR displays a continued dedication to providing Best in Class senior healthcare services.

NEWS (Nutrition Education with Seniors) Newsletter

Below you will find the February NEWS (Nutrition Education with Seniors) newsletter.This edition features:·     Heart Health Month·     Canned Collard Greens·     Fruits and Vegetables on a Budget·     Spend Smart. Eat Smart. ™· &nbs

COVID hits local nursing home

With 5 cases of COVID in Benton County nursing homes, fortunately, they have been contained to just one location, the Vinton Lutheran Home.Across the state, Iowa nursing homes have been hit hard with the cases hitting 821 cases including residents and staff. Iowa Department of Public Health says that this week (January 21) there were 63 nursing homes in Iowa hit with COVID, roughly 15% of all of the nursing homes in Iowa.
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Attorney General Tom Miller provided an update on the opioid epidemic in Iowa

The AG’s office has worked to address the opioid crisis in the state for the past five years, challenging and suing manufacturers and distributors. The office has focused on prevention, including the over-prescription of opioids that caused this crisis, and treatment, specifically on MAT or Medication for Addiction Treatment.

Place Your Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

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.

Vinton Community Red Cross Blood Drive January 20th

The Vinton Community Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, January 20, at the Vinton Skate Center from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Appointments can be made by going online at or calling Kristie at (319) 472-4292.  Blood supplies are critically low at this time, so please consider giving your gift of life.
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NEWS (Nutrition Education with Seniors) January Newsletter

 You will find the January NEWS (Nutrition Education with Seniors) newsletter below.This edition features:·     The Power of Snacking·     Canned Pinto Beans·     Eliminate Cross Contamination·     Get Moving·     R

COVID-19 vaccine clinic canceled for tonight January 14

Due to inclement weather conditions and for the safety of our community, we are cancelling tonight’s COVID19 Vaccine Clinic from 5:30pm-9:00pm. Stay well and safe everyone. Thank you, Benton County Public Health.
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