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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.

February 2015 Words on Wellness

By Benton County Extension · 9:40am January 15th, 2015
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Protect Your Bones with Exercise

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 8:53am January 14th, 2015
Bones feel solid, but the inside of a bone is actually filled with holes like a honeycomb. Bone tissues are broken down and rebuilt all the time. While some cells build new bone tissue, others dissolve bone and release the minerals inside. As we get older, we begin to lose more bone than we build.

Virginia Gay Hospital Joins Innovative Patient Care Consortium

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 4:48pm January 13th, 2015
To better serve Benton County, Virginia Gay Hospital has agreed to participate in the National Rural Accountable Care Organization Consortium – an initiative intended to improve the health of our senior citizens. Vinton, January 1, 2015 – Virginia Gay Hospital has announced that it has joined an innovative program intended to help members of our community stay well, and navigate the complexity of our healthcare system when services are needed.

Boost Your Chances for a Healthy Pregnancy

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:12am January 12th, 2015
When a baby’s on the way, moms-to-be are often overwhelmed by advice and warnings from family, friends and even strangers. But perhaps the most important advice is to stay as healthy as possible before and during your pregnancy. Each year about 4 million babies are born in the U.S., the vast majority of them healthy.

Detect Glaucoma Early To Protect Vision

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 8:45am January 7th, 2015
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve, which carries visual signals from the eye to the brain. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to vision loss or blindness. But many people with early-stage glaucoma have no symptoms. By the time they’re diagnosed, they may have already noticed changes to their side, or peripheral, vision.

School nurse shares tips for fighting flu

By V-S Community School District · 2:01pm January 5th, 2015
The flu season is upon us and it has presented itself in a great way, says V-S district nurse Kris Hallberg. Hallberg shared the following information and advice in a message to V-S families today: Influenza A has become an epidemic in Iowa and surrounding states. I read that there have been several deaths caused by this virus.

Rough Up Your Diet

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:00am January 5th, 2015
Fiber—you know it's good for you. But if you're like many Americans, you don't get enough. In fact, most of us get less than half the recommended amount of fiber each day. Dietary fiber is found in the plants you eat, including fruits, vegetables and whole grains. It's sometimes called bulk or roughage.

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