Less Smoking Leads to More Birthdays

ATLANTA - November 5, 2009 - As the official sponsor of birthdays, the American Cancer Society marks the 34th Great American Smokeout on November 19 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life - one that can lead to reducing cancer risk and creating more birthdays. Researchers say that quitting smoking can increase life expectancy - smokers who quit at age 35 gain an average of eight years of life expectancy; those who quit at age 55 gain about five years; and even long term smokers who quit at 65 gain three years 1 . Smokers who want to quit can call the American Cancer Society Quit For Life® Program operated and managed by Free & Clear® at 1-800-227-2345 for tobacco cessation and coaching services that can help increase their chances of quitting for good.

Research shows that people who stop smoking before age 50 can cut their risk of dying in the next 15 years in half compared with those who continue to smoke. Smokers who quit also reduce their risk of lung cancer - ten years after quitting, the lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker's. Some of the health effects of quitting are almost instant, too - heart rate and blood pressure drop 20 minutes after quitting.

"We know that quitting smoking is tough and that most smokers have to try several times before quitting for good," said Alan G. Thorson, MD, FACS, national volunteer president for the American Cancer Society. "The American Cancer Society offers a variety of effective resources ranging from online tips and tools to personalized telephone coaching by trained specialists. We hope that smokers will use the Great American Smokeout to map out a course of action that will help them to quit, and in turn to stay well and celebrate more birthdays."

The Great American Smokeout Web site (www.cancer.org/GreatAmericans) contains user-friendly tips and tools towards a smoke-free life. In addition to tip sheets and calculators, the site also offers downloadable desktop helpers to assist with planning to quit and succeeding in staying tobacco-free. The Quit Clock allows users to pick a quit day within 30 days, then counts down the selected day with tips for each day; and the Craving Stopper helps smokers beat cravings by offering a fun distraction. The American Cancer Society created the trademarked concept for and held its first Great American Smokeout in 1976 as a way to inspire and encourage smokers to quit for a day. One million people quit smoking for a day at the 1976 event in California. The Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to commit to making a long-term plan to quit smoking for good.

Important facts about tobacco use:

  • Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S.
  • Cigarette smoking accounts for about 443,000 premature deaths - including 49,400 in nonsmokers.
  • Thirty percent of cancer deaths, including 87 percent of lung cancer deaths, can be attributed to tobacco.
  • Smoking also accounts for $193 billion in health care expenditures and productivity losses.
  • Great progress is being made in reducing tobacco use in the U.S., with adult smoking rates in 2007 declining among all adults to 19.8 percent.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, about 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

1Taylor DH et al., Benefits of smoking cessation for longevity. American Journal of Public Health 92:990-996 (2002)

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(Waterloo, IA) - Congressman Bruce Braley will host the 5th Annual Bruce, Blues and BBQ this Sunday, November 15th from 2:00-3:30 pm at the UAW Hall Local 838 in Waterloo, Iowa. The Honorable Tom Vilsack will be the keynote speaker at the event. The event is open to the public.

For ticket information or to learn more about the BBQ, visit www.brucebraley.com or call (319) 290-6516.

WHAT: 5th Annual Bruce, Blues and BBQ with the Honorable Tom Vilsack

WHEN: Sunday, November 15th from 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm

WHERE: UAW Hall Local 838, 2615 Washington Street, Waterloo, IA

CONTACT: Caitlin Legacki @ 919.442.8098

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DAVENPORT, IOWA (November 10, 2009) Admission is free for veterans on Veteran's Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at the German American Heritage Center & Museum. Hours on Veteran's Day are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Current exhibits include the new interactive permanent exhibit, German-American Immigrant Experience. Visitors will enjoy an interactive experience as they explore immigrants' journeys by sea, train and foot, to their final destination at the German American Heritage Center building, which was originally a very busy hotel for thousands of immigrants in the 1860s. Two original hotel rooms are included in the exhibit. The exhibit also showcases several artifacts and contributions to the region by immigrants.

The current rotating exhibit is
"A to Zither" Exhibit. This exhibit explores the world of the zither instrument. Learn about this unique folk art instrument and the history of the Davenport Zither Ensemble.

For more information please visit www.gahc.org for photos, videos, programs, and events.


Johnny's Italian Steakhouse will host a culinary class on November 11th at  6:30pm.  Participants will learn expert tips from top notch chefs and will be given an opportunity eat what they make.  The chef will teach the class to make Johnny's Signature Sausage Bread; it is perfect for at home parties!  In addition, a door prize, such as meal certificates, will be drawn at the conclusion of the class.  The cooking class is $10 to the public and includes light appetizers and a glass of wine or beverage.

For more information or to sign up, please call Johnny's Italian Steakhouse at 309.736.0100.

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This class is on the importance of Vitamin D and its consequences of deficiencies particularly here in this climate.  The  class is free along with a free dinner at Hampton Health an Wellness on Thursday, December 10th at 6:30pm. RSVP is required at 309 751 9790.

What is your Vitamin  D level?

Did you know Vitamin D is a key player in your overall healtlh?

It is implicated in the following conditions just to name a few:

Autoimmune illness
Irritable Bowel/Digestive Disorders
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Heart Disease and More

Join us on Thursday December 10th at 6:30 pm at Hampton Health and Wellness, 510 State Avenue in Hampton, Illinois.  Dr. Jenny Sechler will provide a free dinner and an opportunity for you to obtain a kit to test your vitamin D level. Valuable information will be shared as to the risks of having a low vitamin D level and the benefits of having a healthy level.  She will provide strategies to raising a low level including using light therapy right here safely in the wellness center.

If you are interested in identifying a missing link to your optimal health, call 309 751 9790 and reserve a seat for dinner.  If you want to assess your Vitamin D level, let us know ahead of time and we will have a kit waiting for you.  Bring a friend too!

Trivia Night fundraiser will be held on Sunday, November 22nd, 2009 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1111 West 35th Street, Davenport in the Upper Level.  The game begins at 3:00 p.m.  Teams of 8 - $10 per person.  Snacks may be brought in, but drink must be purchased from the KC Hall.  Call Linda Z at 563-505-0518 to reserve your table (leave message if necessary).

For all of her life, Brittany Manders cared deeply for children and those with special needs, especially at Christmastime.  Her generosity and kindness to care for others was evident throughout her life.  In memory of Brittany's undeniable compassion, love and sense of giving, we invite you to be a part of Brittany's Gifts by contributing to the needs of the Handicapped Development Center and the local YMCA child care centers.  Happy Holidays and may God bless!

The Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra begins its 52nd season with it's Autumn Concert in Centennial Hall on Sunday, November 15, at 3 PM. Highlighted on the program will be Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony, as well as a look into the underworld with Moussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain and Offenbach's Orpheus. Also on the schedule is Grieg's incidental music from Peer Gynt, who ends his life story unsure of which path he'll take at the last cross-roads.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10, with Seniors entering for $8 and students for $5.


Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Donates

$50,000 to Important Fund as Veterans Day Nears

CHICAGO - November 8, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today joined with representatives from the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to accept a $50,000 donation to the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund.

"I salute the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association for supporting this important cause for more than three years," said Governor Quinn. "When our brave men and women answer the call to duty, they should not have to worry that their families are suffering financially at home. All of us in Illinois can help our military families by donating to the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund this Veterans Day."

Thanks to many generous donations by Illinois residents, the fund has distributed more than $10.4 million for more than 19,000 applications from Illinois military families to date. Donations to the fund can be made by visiting OperationHomefront.org. Checks can be made payable to the Illinois Military Family Relief and mailed to: The Illinois Department of Military Affairs, ATTN: IMFRF, 1301 N. MacArthur Boulevard, Springfield, Illinois 62702-2399

The Illinois Military Family Relief Fund legislation was drafted by then-Lt. Governor Quinn, passed unanimously by the General Assembly and signed into law in 2003. It established a check-off box on the Illinois income tax return that allowed residents to make tax-deductible donations directly to the fund. More than 35 states have passed legislation modeled after the Illinois fund.

On Wednesday, Governor Quinn spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D. C. to advocate for the passage of a National Military Family Relief Fund. The legislation, House Resolution 1175, was announced by Governor Quinn and Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) in April and is based on the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund. It would allow taxpayers to voluntarily contribute to the fund by filling in an amount on their federal income tax forms. Active-duty servicemen and servicewomen fighting in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and veterans and their families would be eligible for grants.

Governor Quinn was joined by Director Dan Grant, Director, Department of Veterans Affairs; Frank J. Kirby, President, Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association; Gregory S. Szymski, Executive Director, Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and an Army Bronze Star Vietnam Veteran; and SGT Michael Devlin, a beneficiary the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund.


The Ninth annual "Bikes for Brains" fund drive kicks off Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 with a news conference detailing its fundraising goal and an announcement of a local club that is donating the helmets

For the ninth year in a row, local businesses and a state agency are teaming up to ensure 100 deserving preschool children receive their holiday wish--their first bicycle?for Christmas. Over the past eight years Bike 'N Hike, Queens' Parlour and the Rock Island County Regional Office of Education have led the campaign to make Christmas merrier for over 100 needy children.

A bike with training wheels costs $40. Donors can buy ½ a bike... or one bike....or five.  Whatever works in this economy.

A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10th at 10:00 a.m. at Queens' Parlour (171-19th Avenue in Moline) to outline the group's new goal and thank a local club for donating money for 100 helmets. Last year 160 children received bikes and helmets because of generous contributions to the "Bikes for Brains" campaign. Organizers hope to raise a similar amount this year.  Available at the news conference for interviews will be the project leadership team: Regional Superintendent of Schools, Jim Widdop, Sandy Seeley of Queens' Parlour, and Steve DePron of Bike 'N Hike.

WHO:  "Bikes for Brains" organizers and a past recipient

WHAT:  News conference launching this year's campaign

WHERE: Queens' Parlour (171-19th Avenue in Moline)

WHY:  Put a smile on over 100 kids' faces this Christmas season

The bikes will be given away to qualified recipients identified by  Head Start, the Early Childhood Centers, and Christian Friendliness on Monday, December 14th from noon to 7 PM at the Martin Luther King Center in Rock Island.

Donations can be dropped off or mailed to:

Queen's Parlour

171-19th Avenue

Moline, IL 61265

 Donors can make check payable to:

Bikes for Brains

Here is a brief history of the campaign past eight years of success:

Year Number of Bikes & Helmets
2002 48
2003 137
2004 120
2005 100
2006 125
2007 138
2008 160
Total 828

Will also discuss importance of flu prevention at Flu Free QC Event

Washington, DC - Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) will head back to the 1st District Monday for a series of events to highlight the positive impact health care reform will have on Iowa's families, seniors and medical providers.  Braley voted to pass the Affordable Health Care for America Act Saturday.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 220-215.

Monday morning, Braley will visit students at Davenport's Eisenhower Elementary School to discuss the importance of flu prevention.

Later, Braley will meet with hospital administrators in Bettendorf and Clinton to discuss Medicare reimbursement reforms included in the health care reform bill that will finally pay Iowa's medical providers for the high-quality, low-cost care they currently provide.


WHAT: Congressman Bruce Braley to discuss importance of flu prevention with students at Flu Free QC event

WHEN: 11:00a.m. CST

WHERE: Eisenhower Elementary School, 2827 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport

WHAT: Congressman Bruce Braley to hold press availability following meeting with hospital administrators to discuss Medicare

reimbursement reforms.

WHEN: 2:15pm CST

WHERE: Trinity Medical Center, Terrace Park Campus, 4500 Utica Ridge, Bettendorf

WHAT: Congressman Bruce Braley to hold press availability following meeting with hospital administrators to discuss Medicare

reimbursement reforms.

WHEN: 4:00pm CST

WHERE: Mercy Medical Center, 1410 N 4th St, Clinton