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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.

April WOW Newsletter is here

By Benton County Extension · 2:50pm March 18th, 2015
The April WOW newsletter is now available below. The newsletter includes an article on reconsidering the egg, a recipe for make-ahead breakfast burritos, information on properly cooking foods in a microwave oven, and gardening activities to boost your physical activity. Click HERE for some healthy ideas!

Kick Butts, Save Lives: National Day Gives Youth a Voice on Tobacco Dangers

By Jeffrey Meyers ASAC · 7:18pm March 14th, 2015
Few things have as much universal agreement as the dangers of smoking and tobacco use. After decades of denial, the health consequences of such use are widely accepted, and efforts to curb it are more proactive than ever. Yet, like all addictive substances, it won’t go away without a fight. Nationally, nearly ¼ of all adults are classified as current smokers.


By Benton County Sherriff's Office · 6:10pm March 5th, 2015
St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching. Unfortunately, this holiday has become a deadly day with a dramatic spike in drunk-driving fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013, 40-percent of all crash fatalities during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend involved drunk drivers, and that number rose to 55-percent in the post-party hours of midnight – 6:00 a.


By Life Serve Blood Center · 10:11am February 18th, 2015
It takes less than one hour to donate blood and in that one hour, blood donors will do more than most will do in a lifetime – they will save lives. Just one blood donation will help save the lives of up to three different hospital patients. Over 90 percent of the population will need a blood transfusion at some point in their life.

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