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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.

March WOW Newsletter

By Benton County Extension · 11:45pm February 12th, 2015
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Benton County Public Health Asks for Help Preventing Measles Here at Home

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 10:14am February 6th, 2015
Melissa Smith, Director of Home Health and Public Health at Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics, is recommending vigilance during the large, multi-state outbreak of measles in the United States. Though as of February 5th, 2015 there are no confirmed cases of measles in Iowa, more than 100 people from 14 states in the U.

Red Cross Blood Drive set for Jan. 22 at Skate Center

By Kristie Davis · 12:46pm January 19th, 2015
The Vinton Community Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Thursday, January 22, from 1:00 to 6:00p.m. at the Vinton Skate Center, 1703 C Avenue. For an appointment, call Kristie at (319) 472-4292. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Why You Should Keep Your Blood Level in Check

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 8:44am January 19th, 2015
You’ve heard that you should lower your cholesterol, but do you know why? Sometimes we tend to ignore advice when we don’t understand the reasons. That’s why it’s important to learn what cholesterol is, what it does in your body and why you need to make sure too much isn’t flowing in your blood.

Noises Can Damage Your Hearing

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:10am January 16th, 2015
Sounds surround us. We enjoy many of them—like music, birdsong, and conversations with friends. But loud or long-lasting noises—from motors, power tools, and even headphones—can permanently damage your hearing. Take steps to protect your ears from harmful noises. Loud noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss.

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