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MULTIMEDIA: Ames Resident Testifies before Congressional Veterans Panel PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 10 October 2011 15:40

Michael Boone describes work on adaptive sports before Veterans Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity

 

Washington, DC – Michael Boone, the Director of Adaptive Sports Iowa and an Ames resident, today testified before the US House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity about promoting sports opportunities among disabled veterans.  Rep. Bruce Braley is the top ranking Democrat on the subcommittee.

 

“The work Mike Boone is doing is invaluable to disabled veterans,” Braley said.  “Adaptive sports not only give disabled veterans a chance to exercise physically, they also help heal the mind and soul.  Expanding the availability of adaptive sports like those championed by Mike Boone will make their benefits available to more veterans across the country.”

The committee hearing examined a grant program that funds community-based efforts to assist wounded warriors and veterans through adaptive sport programs.  It reviewed the partnership between the United States Paralympics and the Department of Veterans affairs to promote adaptive sports.

 

YouTube video of the hearing can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-PH8BtixPc

720p high-definition video can be downloaded here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21501138/braley.va.committee.10.05.11.mp4

(Note: the video includes Boone’s opening statement; it also includes a question and answer exchange between Braley and Boone.)

More information about Adaptive Sports Iowa can be found at: http://iowasportsfoundation.org/Sports/AdaptiveSportsIowa.aspx

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National Living Organ Donor Initiative PDF Print E-mail
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Written by David Rapoport   
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 15:56
Did you know…?
  • 19 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant in the United States. Many are from your station's coverage area.
  • There are millions of people in the U.S. who need an organ transplant, but only 100,000 are registered on the government’s current deceased organ donor list because there are too few deceased donor organs.
  • MatchingDonors.com has become the world’s largest and most successful nonprofit organization promoting and registering living organ donation.
Currently, patients waiting for an organ donation are placed on a national waiting list through the government. A computer system matches patients to donor organs according to objective criteria such as blood and tissue type, immune status, medical urgency and time spent on the waiting list -the average time to receive a deceased organ is 7 to 9 years on this list. This ranking system determines which patients are offered available organs. This process is extremely important in anyone's organ search, but now MatchingDonors.com and the offers a way to enhance the search with a more active approach- the average time a person receives a living organ from MatchingDonors.com is less than 6 months.
Organ failure is rampant in all segments, races and ages across the U.S.  We will be running this campaign from October 4, 2011 until December 1, 2011.  In December we will contact you with updated PSAs. Also, below are the scripts for the PSAs; if you wish feel free to create your own PSA script as you see fit.
If you need more information about the PSA or our organization please feel free to call me at the telephone number below. If by chance this e-mail was sent to the wrong person to air PSAs could you please forward it to the correct person?  If you going to air the PSAs could you please send me an e-mail so we can recognize your station on MatchingDonors.com?
Thank you in advance for your support. Your efforts will directly help us in saving the lives of the millions of Americans who need organ transplants right now and in the future.  Thank you for your support.

 
Governor Quinn Announces $24 Million Federal Grant to Create Healthier Communities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katelyn Tye   
Monday, 03 October 2011 12:14

Affordable Care Act Funding Will Help Promote Healthy Living,
Control Health Care Spending in Communities across Illinois

CHICAGO – September 29, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Illinois a $24 million grant to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities and control health care spending. The award, $4.8 million per year over five years, was made through a highly competitive national application process for Community Transformation Grants, an initiative of the Affordable Care Act.

“Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, are leading causes of death, disability and rising health care costs,” Governor Quinn said. “This grant is the result of federal health care reform, and will support our initiatives to help Illinois’ citizens lead healthier lives. A healthier population will also help our businesses and boost our economic growth by controlling the cost of medical care and health insurance.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) was one of only 35 grantees to receive funds to implement proven methods to improve health and wellness. The CDC received 213 eligible applications for Community Transformation Grants (CTG), and awarded a total of 61 grants.

The CTGs focus on three priority areas: tobacco-free living; active living and healthy eating; and quality clinical and other preventive services, specifically prevention and control of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The grants will support planning and implementation of state and community projects proven to reduce chronic diseases.

The IDPH and its state and community partners will implement “We Choose Health,” a statewide initiative to reduce chronic diseases. This partnership includes several state agencies, local organizations, health providers, schools, businesses and other community groups.  Strategies will be targeted toward serving residents in rural counties and racial and ethnic minority groups in urban areas to reduce health disparities.

At the state level, efforts will include increased enforcement of the Illinois Smoke Free Act, promoting breastfeeding and training health workers. At the community level, efforts will be directed to consumers, health care providers, businesses and educational institutions. Programs will focus on reducing exposure to second-hand smoke and discouraging access to tobacco; increasing screening and treatment for tobacco-related illness, hypertension and high cholesterol; improving nutrition; and increasing physical activity.

This grant will dovetail with Illinois’ State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), a prevention-focused, comprehensive approach to improving the health of Illinois residents. In July, the Governor appointed the SHIP Implementation Coordination Council, which will also work collaboratively with the Governor’s Healthcare Reform Implementation Council to promote statewide improvements in public health.

To learn more about Community Transformation Grants, visit www.cdc.gov/communitytransformation.

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SCOTT COUNTY KIDS FUNDS $210,000 IN PLAYGROUND IMPROVEMENTS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marcy Mendenhall   
Monday, 03 October 2011 12:04

NITIATIVE PROMOTES SAFETY, OUTDOOR EDUCATION AT CHILD CARES/PRESCHOOLS

Initiatives at 11 Scott County child care centers and preschools, funded with more than $200,000 in funds from Scott County Kids, have created safer and environmentally educational spaces for hundreds of young children.

The awards, which ranged from $2,996 to $40,000 each, were contracted to child cares and preschools throughout the county last fall. Work is now complete.

“These funds provide these quality centers an opportunity to make their outdoor spaces safer, while inviting and encouraging children into learning more about the environment around them,” said Marcy Mendenhall, executive director of Scott County Kids.

One of Scott County Kids’ goals is to provide environments that enable children to be physically healthy, intellectually curious, emotionally sound and socially competent. This initiative’s goal was to increase the quality of outdoor play environments at state-licensed child care centers and preschools.

Through the application process, a child care nurse consultant (also funded by Scott County Kids) offered guidance to help centers determine the best courses of action that would provide a good experience for children and improve quality, Mendenhall said.

At Our Savior Lutheran Preschool in Bettendorf, the $26,723 project involved the installation of a climber tunnel and a sand and water table, as well as an expansion of the playground space. It also paid for learning tools such as musical instruments and arts and crafts items. Volunteers helped with additional funding and elbow grease.

Lisa Piotter, the director of the preschool, said the new equipment will help ensure that Our Savior will be able to maintain its high state ranking.

With the equipment and work provided with the funding, a few of the centers are exploring Nature Explore Classroom status from the Arbor Day Foundation, including Calvary Preschool in Walcott. The initiative recognizes schools and other organizations that make a commitment to providing outdoor classrooms and comprehensive programming to help children use the natural world as an integral part of learning.

Calvary partners with its church to provide an outdoor play space in a garden area, and have a commitment to showing that the preschool “cares and appreciates the beautiful setting we have been given.”

“Besides getting necessary fresh air and sunshine, the children will also benefit from exploring nature and watching seeds grow and mature,” Calvary said in its application, specifically mentioning “opportunities to dig for worms, roll in freshly mowed grass and smell flowers that just opened.”

For licensed centers interested in learning about the potential for funding in the fiscal year beginning July 1, contact Diane Martens at Scott County Kids at (563) 326-8221 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Funding awarded by Scott County Kids

Calvary Preschool, Walcott, $4,653 for mini-bricks, a storage bench, rain gauge, interlocking blocks superset, glockenspiel and aqua blocks

Children’s Garden Preschool, Davenport, $15,044 for a custom play structure, fall zone materials, fencing

Scott County Family Y – Bettendorf, $2,996 for supplemental learning tools, including musical instruments

Skip-A-Long, Davenport, $15,752 for outside play structures

Head Start at Fillmore, Davenport, $9,235 for safety requirements, including a fence, fall zone, removal of an unsafe play structure

Our Savior Lutheran Preschool, Bettendorf, $26,723 for outside play structures, including a climber tunnel, sand and water table, and supplemental learning tools, including musical instruments, arts and crafts items

St. Alphonsus Early Childhood Education Center, Davenport, $16,595 for outside play structures, including a playhouse and bridge

Head Start – North Scott, Eldridge, $18,026 for outdoor play structures, including a playhouse and safety requirements, including fall zone turf

Scott County Family Y – Palmer, Davenport, $40,000 for supplemental learning tools, including an art easel and musical instruments, and outside play structures including an activity center and playhouse

Positive Parenting at Trinity, Davenport, $40,000 for supplemental learning tools, including musical instruments and building bricks, and outside play structures, including a balance beam

Scott County Family Y – Downtown Learning Center, Davenport, $21,929 for outside play structures, including a playhouse and bridge, and supplemental learning tools, including musical instruments and an activity center

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Senate Designates October as “National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 03 October 2011 08:11

Senate Designates October as “National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month” 

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today adopted a resolution designating the month of October 2011 as “National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month” to raise attention to the problem of prescription medicine abuse, especially by teen-agers.  Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa co-sponsored the resolution as co-chairman of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee. 

 

“Prescription drugs are so common that a number of teen-agers use other people’s drugs, thinking they’re safe,” Grassley said.  “This can be dangerous and lead to serious injury.  Parents should educate themselves and their teen-agers about the potential for abuse before it’s too late.”

 

The text of the bipartisan resolution follows here.

 

S.RES.261 

Designating the month of October 2011 as `National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month'. (Introduced in Senate - IS)

SRES 261 IS

112th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. RES. 261

Designating the month of October 2011 as `National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month'.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 13, 2011

Mrs. FEINSTEIN (for herself, Mr. GRASSLEY, Mr. BLUMENTHAL, Mr. WHITEHOUSE, Mr. DURBIN, Mr. ROCKEFELLER, Mr. MANCHIN, and Mr. PORTMAN) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


RESOLUTION

Designating the month of October 2011 as `National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month'.

Whereas over-the-counter and prescription medicines approved by the Food and Drug Administration have been determined to be safe and effective when used properly;

Whereas the abuse of such medicines can be extremely dangerous and produce serious side effects;

Whereas according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the nonmedical use of prescription drugs has risen, with 2.5 percent of the population engaging in nonmedical use of prescription drugs in 2008 and 2.8 percent of the population engaging in such use in 2009;

Whereas the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health illustrates that the abuse of prescription medications such as pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives is second only to marijuana, the most commonly abused illegal drug in the United States;

Whereas the 2010 Monitoring the Future survey, funded by the National Institutes of Health, indicates that approximately 5 percent of teenagers in the United States report having abused an over-the-counter cough medicine to get high, and prescription and over-the-counter drugs account for 8 of the 14 most frequently abused drugs by students in grade 12;

Whereas the 2010 Monitoring the Future survey also indicates that the intentional abuse of cough medicine among students in grades 8, 10, and 12 is at 3.2 percent, 5.1 percent, and 6.6 percent, respectively;

Whereas according to research from The Partnership at DrugFree.org, more than one-third of teenagers mistakenly believe that taking prescription drugs, even if not prescribed by a doctor, is much safer than using street drugs;

Whereas the lack of understanding by teenagers and parents of the potential harm of such powerful medicines makes it more critical than ever to raise public awareness about the dangers of the abuse of such drugs;

Whereas when prescription drugs are abused, such drugs are most often obtained through friends and relatives;

Whereas parents should be aware that the Internet gives teenagers access to websites that promote the abuse of medicines;

Whereas the designation of `National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month' promotes the message that over-the-counter and prescription medicines should be taken only as labeled or prescribed, and such medicines can have serious or life-threatening consequences when used to get high or in large doses;

Whereas the designation of `National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month' will encourage parents to educate themselves about the problem of abuse of over-the-counter and prescription medicines, and talk to their teens about all types of substance abuse;

Whereas observance of `National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month' should be encouraged at the national, State, and local levels to increase awareness of the abuse of medicines;

Whereas educational tools, training programs, and strategies have been developed by the national organization that represents 5,000 anti-drug coalitions nationwide and the association representing makers of over-the-counter medicines, in order to help local coalitions demonstrate the best ways to engage and educate parents and grandparents, teachers, law enforcement officials, doctors, other healthcare professionals, and retailers about the potential harms of cough medicine abuse;

Whereas a partnership of nonprofit associations specializing in raising media awareness about substance abuse and organizations that represent the leading makers of over-the-counter drugs have developed a nationwide prevention campaign that utilizes research-based educational advertisements, public relations and news media, and the Internet to inform parents about the negative teen behavior of intentional abuse of medicines, in order to empower parents to effectively communicate with their children about this dangerous trend and to take necessary steps to safeguard prescription and over-the-counter medicines in their homes; and

Whereas educating the public on the dangers of medicine abuse and promoting prevention of medicine abuse are critical components of what must be a multi-pronged effort to curb prescription and over-the-counter medicine abuse: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate--

(1) designates the month of October 2011 as `National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month'; and

(2) urges communities to carry out appropriate programs and activities to educate parents and youth about the potential dangers associated with medicine abuse.

 
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