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Genesis BirthCenters Train New Parents About Safe Sleep For Babies PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 15:03

New moms at Genesis BirthCenters are discovering a baby's peaceful sleep and peace of mind are attainable. Even for brief moments at the same time.

Since Valentine's Day, babies born at Genesis BirthCenter locations in Davenport and Silvis get a first bath and then are wrapped in a HALO SleepSack wearable blanket. The SleepSack wearable blankets are replacing loose blankets, crib bumpers and stuffed animals in baby sleep spaces.

The idea is to establish a safe, comfortable sleep routine in the hospital with hopes the routine will go home with the baby and parents.

The SleepSacks wearable blankets have a design that swaddles the baby with closeable cloth "wings.'' The baby's arms can be within the blanket or out. A zipper allows easy access for diaper changes.

SleepSacks also allow babies to kick their feet naturally and unrestrained. The International Hip Dysplasia Institute has called SleepSacks "hip healthy."

"It allows the babies to have their feet and legs in a frog kick position rather than having them restrained by blankets,'' explained Genesis Health Group pediatrician Curt McClellan, D.O. "The babies seem to sleep more comfortably and soundly.

"A lot of hospitals across the country are now starting to use these in their birth centers.''

Unexplainable Tragedy

What isn't known scientifically yet is whether the wearable blankets further reduce the tragedy of sudden unexplained death in infants. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, remains a mystery because the condition cannot be explained after an autopsy or a review of the infant's clinical history.

Jenny Atzen, nurse midwife with The Group in Davenport, was a Genesis BirthCenter nurse in 2002 when Elizabeth, her 31/2-month-old daughter, died in the home of a care giver. There was no explanation for the death.

"I still miss her like crazy every day,'' Atzen said. "I was a nurse and it happened to me. If this can happen to me, the message is 'wow, this can happen to anyone.' SIDS doesn't only happen to someone else. It happens to people who think they are doing everything right.''

Atzen said she has never placed any blame on anyone. Elizabeth was sleeping in an adult bed with pillows around her and she was sleeping on her stomach.

"She slept on her stomach at home too,'' Atzen said. "We knew about the recommendations for back to sleep but Elizabeth slept better when she was sleeping on her stomach.

"Unfortunately, this is a very common practice by many parents. We paid the worst possible consequence of not following the recommendations.''

The national "Back To Sleep'' campaign recommends that newborns be placed on their backs to sleep. Since the campaign began in 1994, unexplained infant deaths have decreased by more than 3,500 each year.

"That day changed everything for me,'' Atzen said. "I can talk about it now because I think our experience can help educate others. It's very important to educate everyone about the safe sleep of babies.''

Genesis BirthCenter manager Deb Renner said the transition to SleepSacks at Genesis is part of a national trend. Hospitals across the country are creating safer sleep environments for newborns by using the wearable blankets.

"As a Magnet organization, we are very in tune with best practices and using these wearable blankets is certainly a best practice,'' Renner said. "If we can get new parents to experience the safest sleep practices for the baby in the hospital, it is a good start toward them following best sleep practices for baby at home.

"We would like to think SleepSacks could prevent the tragedy that Jenny experienced. Her experience impacted everyone she worked with because at the time we had a lot of nurses who were having babies. It made us all aware that this could happen to anyone.''

Tips For Safe Sleep

While SIDS is still a mystery in many ways, there are standard recommendations for safe sleep for infants.

  • Babies should have their own sleep space, like a crib or bassinet, not an adult bed

  • Babies should be put on their backs to sleep

  • All toys and bedding should be removed from the baby's sleep space

  • Never dress the baby too warmly for sleep

  • Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby at home, or in a car

Renner said the Genesis BirthCenters would like to be able to send the SleepSacks home with babies but the expense doesn't make that possible at this time.

"We'd love for someone to say, 'this sounds like a very good idea' and make a donation through the Genesis foundation,'' Renner said. "We think this is important enough that every baby should go home from Genesis with a SleepSack.''

Gifts to the Genesis Foundation have an impact on the health of the communities served by Genesis Health System. Find out more by calling (563) 421-6865.


Senior Star at Elmore Place and Walgreens Host Important Presentation on Medicare Part D ~ Open Enrollment Instruction on October 16 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Christina L. Maggio-Kellerstrass   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:31

DAVENPORT, IA (October 7, 2014) – All Quad Cities neighbors and friends are welcome to attend a presentation on Medicare Part D – Open Enrollment at Senior Star at Elmore Place at 1 p.m. on October 16 at 4500 Elmore Avenue in Davenport.

The presentation will be made by a Walgreens’ pharmacist who will discuss prescription plan coverage options, preferred pharmacy networks and working with your pharmacist as a Medicare Part D information resource.  Time for questions and answers will be available.

All attendees eligible for Medicare Part D – Open Enrollment will receive a special discount day at the Duck Creek Walgreens in Bettendorf.  Attendees will be given a coupon they can redeem on the day of their choice.  Offer expires on November 30, 2014.

Please RSVP no later than October 15 by calling 563.484.5114.

For more information about Senior Star at Elmore Place or to schedule a tour, please call 563.484.5114, or visit the website at

About Senior Star at Elmore Place

Senior Star at Elmore Place, a Senior Star community, features 236 modernly decorated apartments spanning across 20 acres of beautifully landscaped property with many customized amenities to offer its residents three distinctive living experiences:  independent living, assisted living and memory care.  For more information, visit


Branstad, Reynolds encourage Iowans to join the 4th annual “Healthiest State Initiative 1K Walk” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 13:37

Wednesday’s 1k walk has goal of 500,000 participants state-wide; Iowans can find a walk close to them or start their own at 


(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today encouraged Iowans to join them in participating in the Healthiest State Initiative’s 4th annual Healthiest State Initiative 1K Walk on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. The 1K (.62 mile) walk encourages participants to take another step towards a healthier, more active lifestyle.

“Since launching the Healthiest State Initiative in 2011, Lieutenant Governor Reynolds and I are proud of the progress Iowa has made in moving from 19th to 10th in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®,” said Branstad. “We’re committed to continuing our efforts to encourage Iowans to live an active, healthy lifestyle that will reduce their risk of chronic and preventable medical ailments.”

The Healthiest State Initiative 1K Walk has continued to grow since its inception in 2011. Last year, 300,000 Iowans participated in the walk across Iowa. This year’s walk continues to see strong support from public and private organizations.

  • The Iowa National Guard is mobilizing its troops to lead families and residents in 1K walks at 52 armories across the state.
  • The Iowa Department of Public Health and County Health officials will be leading walks throughout Iowa.
  • Many Hy-Vee and Fareway stores will be hosting walks again this year.
  • Schools around the state are gathering students to walk as part of the National Walk to School Day.
  • Delta Dental of Iowa is returning as the sponsor of the 2014 Healthiest State Walk.

“Through the Healthiest State Initiative, Iowans are taking ownership of their well-being and making healthy decisions,” said Reynolds. “Governor Branstad and I encourage Iowans to join us on Wednesday at the Capitol for the walk, or join or start a walk in their community by visiting”

Branstad and Reynolds will lead the State Capitol Healthiest State Initiative 1K Walk on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at noon. The walk will begin and end on Finkbine Drive on the west side of the Capitol. The map of the 2014 State Capitol Healthiest State Walk can be found here.

For more information and to register your walk, please visit


Why Your Kid Shouldn’t Be Guzzling ‘Energy’ Drinks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 06 October 2014 08:27
Vitamins & Minerals are Safer and More Effective than
Artificial Stimulants, Says Food Science Expert

Anxiety, hypertension, elevated heart rates, interrupted sleep patterns and headaches are just some of the side effects commonly associated with energy drinks, and those problems are more pronounced in children, according to a recent University of Miami study.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. These drinks have also been linked to heart palpitations, strokes and sudden death.

The term “energy” drink is an unfortunate misnomer, says food science expert Budge Collinson. They don’t give your body energy; they stimulate you with brief jolts of caffeine and unregulated herbal stimulants, he says.

“Soccer moms and dads buy these ‘stimulant’ drinks for their kids before matches because both kids and parents want that competitive advantage,” says Collinson, founder of Infusion Sciences and creator Youth Infusion, (, an effervescent, natural multivitamin beverage that helps people maintain consistent and healthy higher energy levels.

“For a few moments, you’ll get that spike, but it’s a short-term experience with a heavy long-term toll.”

So, what are some ways kids can get a healthy energy boost? Collinson offers the following tips.

•  Go for a speedy bike ride together, take a brisk walk or hold foot-races in the yard. Numerous studies demonstrate the power of vigorous exercise in boosting energy. Exercise pumps more oxygen – pure, healthy fuel -- into the bloodstream and to the brain and muscles for a short-term energy boost. Exercising regularly will increase lung capacity, so the body will gets more oxygen on a sustained level for the long term. Exercise also releases endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemical, which makes us feel happy. And happy people are energized people.

•  Seek nutrition from a variety of sources. As humans, we need more than 40 different vitamins and minerals to keep our bodies functioning optimally. Since there is no single food that contains them all, it is important for children and adults to eat a variety, including as many different vegetables and fruits as possible. Adding a daily multivitamin supplement with essentials such as CoQ10, arginine, theanine, resveratrol and magnesium can help ensure bodies young and old are running at top speed.

•  Drink plenty of water – the natural energy drink. Even mild dehydration can leave children (and adults) feeling listless, so encourage children to make a habit of drinking plenty of water. Kids need more water than adults because they expend more energy, and they may not recognize when they’re slightly thirsty. Parents, too, often don’t recognize the signs of dehydration; a national survey of more than 800 parents of kids ages of one month to 10 years found that more than half feel they don’t know enough about dehydration. A quick, light pinch of the skin on the child’s hand or arm is an easy check. If the skin is slow to resume a smooth appearance, the child is likely at least mildly dehydrated.

About Budge Collinson

Budge Collinson was the beneficiary of his mother’s natural health formula as a sick baby, which led to a deep interest in health and wellness at a young age. After years of research and seeing the growing demand for natural products with clinical support, he founded Infusion Sciences, Collinson earned a bachelor’s degree in food and resource economics from the University of Florida and certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Recently, he became a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and consistently attends the Natural Products Expo, where he learns the latest science and news about nutritious ingredients. Collinson is also a go-to source for media outlets across the country for healthy lifestyle and food source discussions.

Time For Your 2015 Medicare Part D Check-Up CASI’s SHIIP Program Offers Free Assistance October 15 Through December 7 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Trish Burnett   
Friday, 03 October 2014 14:18

Davenport, Iowa – Making ends meet should not mean going without your medication. Medicare prescription drug coverage, known as Part D, helps fill the gap for eligible Quad Citians but unfortunately many don’t review their policies and find themselves spending more money on prescriptions drugs then may be necessary. This is why it is so important for Medicare recipients to take part in the annual Medicare Open Enrollment period, October 15 through December 7.

On October 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will announce its Part D plans for 2015.  According to CMS, there are several plan changes which will impact Iowans. “Iowa will have 29 stand-alone drug plans in 2015, compared to 32 for 2014,” says Kris Gross from the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP).  “It is very important that Iowans do a Part D check-up and see if their current plans will still provide the best coverage for 2015.”

According to SHIIP, seven plans were dropped and four new plans were added. Thirteen plans show reduced premiums and thirteen plans increased theirs.  None of the plans cover brand name drugs in the coverage gap, but several cover generic drugs.  There are five plans which are available at $0 for people who qualify for the full Part D extra help.

Going through this process can be confusing that is why the Center For Active Seniors, Inc. (CASI) is offering free assistance through its SHIIP program. Five specially trained SHIIP volunteers will be available, during the open enrollment period, by appointment, Monday through Friday, to offer assistance in finding coverage that best fits a Medicare recipient’s needs.

Those interested in meeting with a CASI SHIIP counselor must make an appointment, in advance, by calling 563-386-7477. Counselors will offer this free assistance from October 15 through December 7 on the following days and times: Noon-5 p.m. on Mondays, 1-6 p.m. on Tuesdays; 9 a.m. – Noon on Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – Noon and 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays and from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Fridays. Counselors ask that you have a valid photo identification card, your Medicare card and a list from your pharmacy of all current medications. If a list cannot be provided, CASI’s SHIIP counselors ask that you bring all your prescription medications to your schedule appointment.

During this same period you can enroll in a Medicare prescription drug (Part D) plan if you missed the enrollment deadline earlier this year.  SHIIP counselors can assist you with enrollment in a Part D plan also.  If you’re happy with the plan you have and what it’s going to be offering next year you don’t need to do anything.  Your enrollment will continue into next year.

CASI was established in 1972 and serves the needs of older adults by providing a variety of events and activities focused on health and wellness, social engagement, lifelong learning, and community involvement. CASI also provides a senior advocacy program to assist older adults, their families, and caregivers in needs assessment and referral for services. Jane’s Place at CASI is the only adult day services center in Eastern Iowa serving adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Please contact CASI for additional information.

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