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Written by Theresa Kuhlmann   
Tuesday, 21 June 2011 12:26

Help Spark the American Red Cross Blood Supply this Summer

The Independence Day holiday will surely ignite many spectacular fireworks extravaganzas, and the American Red Cross is also counting on a spark of donors to boost the blood supply. All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. During the holiday week and throughout the summer donations tend to dip, but the need for blood is constant.

While all blood types are needed during the critical summer months, Rh negative blood types are always in high demand because they potentially can be transfused to patients with Rh positive or Rh negative blood types.Type O negative, the universal blood type, can potentially be transfused to patients with any blood type.
To show appreciation to those who help save lives near the upcoming Independence Day holiday (June 27 – July 6), all presenting donors at Red Cross blood drives and blood donation centers in the Heart of America region will automatically be entered for a chance to win a portable GarminGPS unit. This is a part of the Red Cross’ summer-long Good to Give. Good to Go. promotion that features holiday-themed raffles and a chance for one lucky donor (21 and older) in the Mid-America Blood Services Division to win a trip for four (4) to Orlando, Florida.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.
A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in life saving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

Blood Donation Opportunities

11:00 am- 4:00 pm
DHL Global Forwarding
3100 69th Ave #2


8:00 am-11:00 am
Old Fulton Fire Station
912 4th Street
Get a chance to win a portable GPS unit when you present to donate between June 27th & July 6th, 2011!

12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Rock Falls Blood DonationCenter
112 W.Second St.
Get a chance to win a portable GPS unit when you present to donate between June 27th & July6th, 2011!
Rock Falls

1:00 pm- 5:15 pm
Old Fulton Fire Station
912 4th Street

10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Rock Falls Blood Donation Center
112 W. Second St.
Rock Falls

3:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Fairfield Amish Mennonite School
29467 425 E.Street

1:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Sterling Education Center
1 First Avenue

International Healthcare Educator to Visit Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ron Thiele   
Monday, 20 June 2011 12:50

Dr. Meir Schneider, PhD, LMT, will share his self-healing knowledge at lectures, workshops and individual sessions in Davenport, Iowa June 22-28.

Meir Schneider, PhD, LMT, an international health educator, author, therapist and inspirational speaker, will be in Davenport, Iowa, June 22-28, 2011. Dr. Schneider will be presenting a lecture entitled “Overcoming Vision and Spine Problems” on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 7:00PM at the Institute of Therapeutic Massage and Wellness, 1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport. Dr. Schneider’s transformational workshop, “Self-Healing Through Movement and Vision Improvement” will be offered on Saturday and Sunday, June 25th and 26th. Private sessions with Dr. Schneider will also be available.

Born blind, Dr. Schneider read by Braille until the age of  17, when he embarked upon his own healing journey. Through years of research, he is now able to read and write without glasses. Today he holds an unrestricted California driver’s license. Dr. Schneider is regarded as one of the leading world experts on Natural Vision Improvement, a method of working with the eyes non-invasively. His  vision improvement exercises are designed for individuals who are motivated to learn how to improve their vision, whether they have a simple error of refraction, a serious pathology, or suffer lifestyle or profession-related eyestrain.

Over the years, Dr. Schneider has developed a comprehensive system of preventative and rehabilitative healthcare. His self-healing method is effective with repetitive strain injuries, back problems, stroke, paralysis, neuromuscular conditions, and circulatory, digestive and respiratory problems. Tens of thousands of people have used his holistic methods to improve their health and function.

For more information about the Davenport lectures, workshops or private sessions, call Ron Thiele at (563) 570-8552 or visit the School for Self-Healing on the web at

About The School for Self-Healing The School for Self-Healing is a non-profit school that teaches and provides movement work, massage, vision therapy, and  cures for blindness in San Francisco as well as around the globe for a wide variety of disorders, diseases and injuries. The school provides private sessions, free and low-cost public workshops, and training in the self-healing method.

Founder Meir Schneider, PhD, LMT used the Bates Method to cure himself of congenital blindness, and went on to develop “The Meir Schneider Method of Self-Healing Through Bodywork and Movement.” The technique has been medically documented to help people with a wide variety of degenerative conditions, such as muscular dystrophy, and can help increase mobility, improve the function of body systems, relieve pain, improve vision, and increase productivity.

Meir Schneider is celebrating his 40th year of working with his eyes and would like to share his knowledge through lectures, workshops, and individual sessions. He helps patients overcome vision problems, back problems, arthritis, and neurological problems.


Forums on Affordable Care Act and Rural America PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elisha Smith   
Monday, 13 June 2011 12:08

Farm, rural and labor organizations join forces to conduct community forums on the Affordable Care Act’s impact in rural America

Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs, Iowa Farmers Union and Iowa Citizen Action Network are co-hosting several health care forums to answer questions on what the Affordable Care Act means for Iowa families, students, farmers and small business owners. 

“This forum is a great opportunity for Iowans to learn about the Affordable Care Act and get their questions answered,” said Virginia Wolking, Rural Policy Organizer at the Center for Rural Affairs.  “We held meetings in Grinnell and Cedar Falls in the summer of 2009 where we discussed what people in those areas wanted to see included in the Affordable Care Act and I’m excited to return to the area for another discussion.”  

“Whether you are wondering about what the health care law means for your family's insurance, for the insurance you provide to your employees, if your child’s pre-existing condition is covered under your insurance, or about the timeline of when different parts of the Affordable Care Act will go into effect, we have answers to your questions,” said Wolking.

Individuals interested in attending the forum can contact Virginia Wolking at the Center for Rural Affairs (402.687.2103 ext 1017 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )  to RSVP or for additional information.

What: A community forum to answer your questions about health care and the Affordable Care Act.

When and Where:

Monday, June 20
Council Chambers
220 Clay Street
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Thursday, June 23
First Presbyterian Church
1025 5th Avenue
Grinnell, Iowa

See for more information about the Center for Rural Affairs.


MyPlate’s Message: Proportions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joy Venhorst   
Friday, 10 June 2011 13:00

AMES, Iowa – The USDA released the new food icon “MyPlate” on June 2, 2011. The intent of the new icon is to simplify the dietary guidance included in the Dietary Guidelines 2010 and MyPyramid. MyPlate is not intended to replace MyPyramid; instead, MyPlate simplifies the message to make it easier for Americans to make healthful food choices.

“The key message of MyPlate is the proportion each food group should contribute to your plate,” said Sarah Francis, an Iowa State University assistant professor and state nutrition extension specialist. “The icon conveys that half of your plate should consist of fruits and vegetables, with vegetables comprising slightly more than the fruits. The other half of the plate consists of grains and proteins, with grains comprising slightly more than the protein. Dairy is depicted as a circle — signifying a glass of milk — off to the side ofthe plate.”

While the new icon has many positive aspects, some people have concerns. Ruth Litchfield, an Iowa State University associate professor and state nutrition extension specialist, feels the term “protein” may be confusing or misleading. “MyPlate uses the term ‘protein,’ which is a nutrient rather than a food group. While many equate the term protein with meat, fish and poultry, excellentsources of protein also include dried beans, peas and lentils.”
In addition to the icon, several nutrition messages accompany MyPlate. These include:

Balance Calories
• Enjoy your food, but eat less.
• Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase
• Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
• Make at least half of your grains whole grains.
• Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1 percent) milk.

Foods to Reduce
• Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals – and choose the foods with lower numbers.
• Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

Litchfield is concerned about the message relative to sodium intake. “National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data fromthe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that a number of foods contribute more sodium to our daily diet than soup. For example, you also need to check the sodium content of prepared chicken and mixed chicken dishes, pizza, pasta and pasta dishes, coldcuts and cheese, among others. Most Americans need more guidance regarding where sodium is found and how to decrease sodium intake.”

Francis emphasized, “The messages of MyPlate remain consistent with messages from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 and MyPyramid. The real benefit of MyPlate is the simple, concise message of proportionality on your plate.”


Governor Quinn Announces State Efforts to Address Rising Temperatures PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Friday, 10 June 2011 12:13

Urges Illinoisans to take precautions, check on elderly

SPRINGFIELD – June 7, 2011. As temperatures rise, Governor Pat Quinn today announced services available to protect people from the near-record heat, and asked people across Illinois to look out for those most vulnerable to the high temperatures, including the elderly and children. 

“We must all be aware of the health risks that accompany rising temperatures, as well as the resources that are available to assist everyone in Illinois. The state is here to help people stay cool-- providing cooling centers in more than 120 locations.” said Governor Quinn. “We must all do what we can to ensure people are safe and healthy, especially by checking on elderly friends, neighbors, and relatives.

To combat high temperatures, the state is providing services to help ensure the health and safety of the public.

The Illinois Department of Human Services has established cooling centers and more than 120 state facilities, to help those without air conditioning escape the heat. The cooling centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services offices throughout the state, as well as the seven Illinois Tollway Oases in the Chicago area. They are open to the public during regular business hours. For more information about Cooling Centers call (800) 843-6154. For a list of participating centers and oases, visit the website

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) encourages people across Illinois to take steps to protect against heat-related health problems. To stay cool, IDPH recommends increasing fluid intake, avoiding caffeine, alcohol and sugar, decreasing activities, wearing appropriate clothing and, remaining in an air conditioned environment whenever possible. For more information on summer activity safety and summer health risks, visit the website at to find the “Summer? No Sweat” Survival Guide.

The Illinois Department on Aging encourages relatives and friends to make daily visits or calls to senior citizens living alone. When temperatures and humidity are extremely high, seniors and people with chronic health conditions must be watchful for dehydration and other effects of extreme heat. Additionally, seniors should eat lighter meals, take longer and more frequent rests, and drink plenty of fluids.

For information about preparedness, visit the Ready Illinois website at


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