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Written by Caroline Vernon   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:04

Free NAMI Basics Class Supports Parents of Children living with Mental Illness

DAVENPORT, Iowa (September 19, 2014) – Local civic groups and foundations have provided grants to the National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Mississippi Valley affiliate.  Iowa 80 Group Go Iowa Fund, Davenport Jaycees, and North Scott Rotary each granted NAMI $1,000 each for the launch of a nationally-developed program in the Quad Cities designed to educate parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness.

NAMI Basics is taught by nationally-trained parents or other primary caregivers who have lived similar experiences with their own children. This free class allows families to connect to one another while learning about the biology of mental illness, latest research and treatment options. Parents learn communication and coping skills important for supporting their child’s recovery.

NAMI Basics class will be offered on six Wednesdays, October 1 to November 5, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Eastern Iowa Community College Urban Center in Davenport. To register call 563-441-4100 with course number 143212.

About NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley

One in10 children and one in four adults experience a mental health disorder in any given year. Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by the age of 14. NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This grassroots organization complements the work of mental health professionals by providing support, education and advocacy to individuals and families living with mental illness. NAMI works cooperatively through the Quad Cities Community Mental Health Initiative, serving residents in Muscatine, Clinton, Scott Counties in Iowa and Mercer, Henry, Rock Island Counties in Illinois.  Additional information is available at 563-322-8870 or



Get the Facts About the Affordable Care Act PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:02

IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act. This act put into place health insurance reforms designed to roll out over four years and beyond. And while more than 8 million Americans have signed up for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, many people still have questions. 

To inform businesses and the community about the Affordable Care Act, the Idea Lab offers the presentation, Individual Responsibility Under the Affordable Care Act by Benefit Specialist Stefanie Belanger. The Idea Lab is an educational program of Results Marketing. 

The presentation will be held from 12 to 1 p.m., Sept. 26, at DHCU Community Credit Union, 1900 52nd Ave., Moline, IL. Admission is $15 and the event will include a catered Chick-fil-A meal. Attendees can select from a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich meal, a veggie-wrap meal, or for one dollar more, a Grilled Chicken Market Salad.

Stefanie Belanger is a Benefit Specialist and owner of Group Benefit Consulting, LLC, in Davenport. She has been serving the Quad Cities and surrounding areas in the benefit field for the past 12 years. As an active member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) and the current Health Chair on the board of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), she is both knowledgeable and forward thinking in today’s ever-changing health industry. 

In her presentation, Belanger will provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act and answer any questions you may have. Questions that Stefanie will answer will include:

1.) Open Enrollment: What does that mean to me?

2.) What is the Individual Penalty for 2015?

3.) What should I be doing now to prepare?

Employers and employees alike are welcome to attend and find out more. Be sure to get the facts about the Affordable Care Act so that you can stay in compliance.

For more information or to register, please call Les Flesher at 563-322-2065 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Feel free to follow the Idea Lab on Facebook at

As Temperatures Drop Vaccinations Soar PDF Print E-mail
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Written by TRICARE Communications   
Monday, 22 September 2014 15:32
September 22, 2014

To prepare for the fall school year and the holiday season, TRICARE beneficiaries can protect their families by using TRICARE’s vaccine benefit. Vaccines lower the chances of catching serious diseases and reduce long-term healthcare costs. That’s why it’s good news that TRICARE is covering more vaccine claims than ever.


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News Releases - Health, Medicine & Nutrition
Written by Liz Burke   
Friday, 19 September 2014 09:15

— MassGeneral and Royal Marsden in London Receive $110,000 Grant —

BOSTON, MA — September 15, 2014 — Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) and its sister charity, Cancer Recovery Foundation-U.K,  recently approved a grant of $110,000 to MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Cancer Center and The Royal Marsden Hospital in London for a collaborative study to fund research on the effects of proton versus photon radiation treatments. This study is consistent with CCRF’s steadfast commitment to supporting minimally-invasive and less toxic therapies that greatly improve the quality of life for pediatric cancer survivors.

According to a number of studies, including a 2012 report published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, cancer survival rates for children have increased, yet treatments often leave the survivor with a diminished quality of life.  Proton radiation, a relatively new treatment, better targets the radiation dose to a specific area with minimal entrance dose and no exit dose.  This allows the radiation to stay concentrated within the tumor.  Radiation therapy in many pediatric tumors is essential to achieving a cure, but often comes with serious, long-lasting side effects from the unintended dose and its effect on normal tissue.

“This study will directly address a dire need for comparative health outcomes data in proton and photon treated pediatric cancer survivors.  It will both inform the debate on proton radiotherapy, and solidify its role in the management of pediatric cancer patients,” said Torunn I. Yock, M.D., MGHfC Cancer Center. “In this era of escalating health care costs and budgetary constraints, it is imperative that the value of new medical technologies is measured and proven by comparing the health outcomes between the old and new technologies.”

“We are pleased to be able to fund this important study that will help protect the children battling this horrible disease, while improving their overall quality of life,” said Greg Anderson, founder and CEO, CCRF. “The new partnership with MassGeneral Hospital for Children and The Royal Marsden Hospital is cause for great optimism. We are eagerly looking forward to the findings of this comparative study, the first ever for the pediatric cancer population.”

CCRF is dedicated to funding research that specifically concentrates on less toxic, minimally- invasive treatments to improve quality of life.

About the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation

Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA with a division in The Woodlands, TX, the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); Toxic-Free Kids (educates families on the dangers of environmental toxins); New Era Cancer Research Fund (funds research for less toxic, minimally-invasive pediatric-cancer treatments); International Aid (provides medications and supplies to clinics in developing and impoverished countries); Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric-hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helps more than 15,000 children affected by cancer and their families every year. Please visit

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8 Healthy Habits for Weight Loss PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Everyday Health   
Friday, 19 September 2014 08:39
Losing weight is not just about dieting. More important are making lifestyle changes that can be helpful for losing weight and keeping the weight off. Here are some simple strategies.

But if that's all you do, you may find yourself ultimately regaining the weight you worked so hard to lose. The reason: Weight loss is a matter of lifestyle and, if you don't adopt the healthy habits necessary to sustain your weight loss, you could backslide into overweight and obesity.

Here are some tips aimed at helping you create a healthy lifestyle that will improve your chances for successful weight loss. They might seem like common sense, but many people committed to losing weight neglect these healthy habits and end up struggling to succeed.

1. Watch Your Portions

Portion control is a key challenge to Americans pursuing weight loss. "The best way to control the calories is to go with portion control," says Dr. Gerbstadt. Piling food onto your plate can make you feel pressured to eat it all. Start with small portions, and go back for (a little) more if you're still hungry. Keep in mind that your stomach will grumble early on, until it has shrunk to adapt to the smaller meals you're now eating.

Portion control is doubly important when eating out. "Most people are catching on to the fact that when you eat out at a restaurant, the calories are two to three times what you really need for that meal," says Gerbstadt. "You might get a salad and an appetizer and call it a meal, rather than get a salad and an entrée."

2. Eat Slowly

It takes a little while for your body to realize that you've eaten and to stop sending signals of hunger. If you slow down and savor your food, you probably will eat less before your body acknowledges that you're full.

3. Eat Your Vegetables First

Vegetables contain plenty of fiber and bulk but few calories. By eating them first, you might eat less of any fatty or high-calorie items on your plate.

4. Don't Skip Meals

Skipping meals sounds like a good idea, but it actually undermines your weight-loss plan. Your body thinks it is being starved and starts building body fat in an attempt to store energy away for later. On top of that, you're likely to be even hungrier for your next meal and eat far more than you would have otherwise. The best course is to eat three small meals, with two or three small snacks in between.

5. Drink Plenty of Water

Water helps you feel full throughout your day, aiding your weight-loss efforts. Water also provides innumerable health benefits to your skin and your digestive and circulatory systems.

6. Switch to Healthy Snacks

Swap out the high-calorie or high-fat snacks in your diet for healthier alternatives. Fruits, low-fat string cheese, peanut butter, and whole-grain crackers are some good options. Create snacks that combine carbohydrates and proteins, like peanut butter on apple slices, as they will make you feel full longer.

7. Exercise as Often as You Can

Burning calories through physical activity is essential to weight loss. If you don't burn more calories than you eat, you won't lose weight. "People think they're too busy to walk 20 minutes a day or do a little weight training or ride a bike, and then they wonder why they can't lose weight," Gerbstadt says. "If you try to diet without exercise, it just takes that much more effort." Any physical activity, even long walks, will help.

8. Keep a Record

Food diaries are a proven aid to people pursing weight loss. Keep track of what you've eaten and how many calories the food contained. If you also keep a record of your exercise, you can compare how many calories you're burning to how many calories you're consuming.

Healthy and sustainable weight loss does not occur overnight, despite the promises of fad diets. Losing a pound or two a week is normal, and shows that you are adopting weight-loss habits as a part of your lifestyle.

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