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Health and Fitness

Will Your Junior High Student Try Alcohol This Summer?

By Lindsey Ungs, CPS · 12:34pm May 21st, 2015
“The exact date is June 17th, 1994. I am fourteen, which is the norm these days, when the mean age of the first drink for girls is less than thirteen years old. I am a few days shy of my eighth-grade graduation. Summer vacation looms close, and just beyond it, regional high school.” In the book Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood, Koren Zailckas is recounting her first drink of alcohol.

VINTON FAMILY MEDICAL CLINIC WELCOMES DR. ADAM BROOKS

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 6:13pm May 19th, 2015
Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics welcomes Adam Brooks, M.D., as a physician working one day a week in the Vinton clinic. Dr. Brooks, Board Certified in Family Medicine with an M.D. degree from the Chicago Medical School and his Family Medicine Residency at the University of Iowa, will be working at the Vinton Clinic on Tuesdays.

June WOW Newsletter

By Benton County Extension · 10:51am May 14th, 2015
Attached is the June WOW newsletter highlighting highly processed foods, a recipe for pan fried tilapia with orange sauce, grill food safety, and how you can fit physical activity into your daily routine. Click to view

Safely storing and disposing of medications can save lives

By Jeffrey Meyers ASAC · 10:35pm May 6th, 2015
The sun is out, the breeze is cool, and you’re recovering from a long winter. Spring, it’s the time of year we all love, and with it comes spring cleaning. As you prepare your home for the warmer months ahead, getting rid of the old and bringing in the new, pay special attention to how you are storing your medications.

Mental Health First Aid Training for youth to be offered May 18

By Vinton Today · 9:13am April 23rd, 2015
A Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, will take place May 18. This training is free and open to the public, sponsored by Benton & Iowa County Decat, Flourishing Families of Benton and Iowa Counties, and The Grace C Mae Advocate Center. The primary focus of this training is Youth Mental Health First Aid.

ASAC asks local businesses to show support for alcohol-free graduation parties

By Lindsey Ungs, CPS · 9:12am April 16th, 2015
As Graduation season is fast approaching, excitement is in the air! Graduation parties are a time to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of local high school seniors, but sometimes beverage options at parties can mirror those of someone over the age of 21. There are a variety of safety concerns when parents choose to have alcohol at high school graduation parties, so choosing to host an alcohol free graduation party may be a wiser route.

Be a Hero, give blood!

By Life Serve Blood Center · 11:10pm April 14th, 2015
Donating blood is a selfless act that can have a huge impact on the lives of hospital patients. Just one unit of donated blood can help save the lives of up to three different hospital patients, including people with cancer, blood disorders and victims of car accidents. You can be a hero in your community by making a blood donation at an upcoming blood drive.

Substance abuse meeting set for parents of Middle School students

By David Condry · 1:23pm April 9th, 2015
The Benton County Above The Influence Coalition invites parents of Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School students to attend an important conversation on substance use/abuse prevention efforts focused on middle school students. The meeting begins in the Tilford Elementary cafeteria on Saturday, April 11 at 9 a.

Autism presentation set for April 13 in La Porte

By Vinton Today · 9:08am April 3rd, 2015
Hawkins Memorial Library, La Porte City, is hosting the program: Autism…A New Word in Our Vocabulary, Forty Years…Then, Now and In the Future on Monday, April 13, at 9:30 AM. Hear Clarice and Robert Burkgren’s story of how autism has impacted their lives and that of their daughter, Beth.

Mental Health First Aid Training to be offered in Vinton, April 11

By Vinton Today · 2:34pm March 24th, 2015
The Vinton Area Ministerial Association will host Mental Health First Aid Training (MHF) provided by the Abbe Center on Saturday, April 11, 2015. This event will be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church at 1206 C Avenue in Vinton. The MHFA programs teach community members skills on identifying and responding to a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

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