February is American Heart Month, drawing attention to heart disease, America's No. 1 killer, and the strides being taken through research and education to raise awareness of risk factors and to decrease death rates. Appropriately kicked off on National Wear Red Day (Friday, Feb. 5, 2010), the American Heart Association and its Go Red For Women movement urge everyone to support the fight against heart disease in women by wearing red that day.


  1. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women age 20 and over, but it is largely preventable. In fact, up to 80% of cardiac events in women may be prevented if women make the right choices for their hearts, including diet, exercise and not smoking.

  1. Go Red BetterU is a FREE 12-week online nutrition and fitness program that can makeover your heart. Each week will focus on a different area and provide step-by-step guidance. You'll have access to everything from daily expert tips and an online journal to a downloadable BetterMe coaching tool.  Visit www.GoRedforWomen.org for more information.

  1. While 1 in 30 American women die of breast cancer, 1 in 3 women die from cardiovascular disease.

  1. Cardiovascular disease kills approximately 450,000 women each year, which is about one each minute.

  1. FEBRUARY 5th: Today is National Wear Red Day! Join dozens of women, as well as companies and organizations in Iowa and cities across America by wearing red today. It's a simple, powerful way to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke.

  1. Overweight children are more likely to have abnormally thick heart muscle tissue when they become an adult, which increases the risk of heart attack and heart failure. Learn how to get your kids on the right track at www.heart.org.

  1. Visit www.GoRedForWomen.org and join the online discussion about heart health.

  1. If you or someone you know shows signs of heart attack or stroke, call 9-1-1 right away. An Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team can begin treatment when it arrives. That means treatment can begin sooner than it would if the patient arrived at the hospital by car. What's more, the EMS team is also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped, which can save hundreds of lives each year.

  1. Children of mothers who smoke during pregnancy have more damage to their arteries in young adulthood than offspring of non-smokers and the association is even stronger if both parents smoke.


  1. Choose to speak up, not remain silent. Support legislation that would improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and stroke in women at www.yourethecure.org.

  1. Too many lives have and will be cut short from heart disease and its risk factors; however, early detection, lifestyle changes, and other intervention can improve certain conditions.

  1. Plan meals in advance - visit www.heart.org for recipes from a number of heart-healthy cookbooks and use the online grocery list builder to quickly identify heart-healthy products to add to your grocery list.

13. Schedule a doctor's appointment each year and get a complete blood screen. Visit www.GoRedForWomen.org and download "What to Know BEFORE Your Doctor Visit." Only 1 in 5 women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat.

  1. This year about 1.2 million Americans will have a first or repeat coronary attack. About 452,000 of them will die. Coronary heart disease is our nation's leading cause of death.

  1. Nearly 8 million Americans age 20 and older have survived a heart attack (myocardial infarction). About 8.9 million have angina pectoris (chest pain or discomfort due to reduced blood supply to the heart).

  1. An estimated 25.1 million men and 20.9 million women increase their risk of heart attack and stroke by smoking cigarettes.

  1. One of the best ways to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease is to start getting regular, moderate exercise, at least 30 minutes a day, most days of the week.

  1. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, causing someone to gasp dramatically, clutch her heart and drop to the ground. No one has any doubts about what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often the people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help.

  1. The American Heart Association dedicates more monies to research than any

other voluntary health organization. Only the federal government funds more cardiovascular research.

  1. Start thinking about your heart. By adding one hour of regular, vigorous physical activity, adults may gain up to two hours of life expectancy. Start by including more physical activity into your daily routine. Take a walk, ride a bike or take the stairs.  Visit www.StartWalkingNow.org for some free tools and tips.

  1. About 36.6 million American adults have cholesterol levels of 240 or higher ? the point at which it becomes a major risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke. Your total cholesterol should be below 200, and your HDL (good) cholesterol should be 40 or higher.

  1. Americans think they are in better heart health than they really are. According to a recent American Heart Association survey, nearly 40 percent thought they were in ideal heart health, when in reality less than 1 percent of Americans have an ideal profile.


  1. To find out how healthy you are, the American Heart Association developed a new health assessment tool, called My Life Check, at www.heart.org/mylifecheck. It will give you an overall health score and create an action plan to move you closer to your individual health goals. No matter what you score, any healthy change can help you live a longer, better life.

  1. During a heart check up, your doctor takes a careful look at your "numbers," including your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, your blood pressure and more. Knowing your numbers is an important part of keeping your heart-healthy. It can help you and your doctor know your risks and mark the progress you're making toward a healthier you.

  1. Smoking is the single most preventable cause of premature death in the United States. If you smoke cigarettes (or cigars), you have a higher risk of illness and death from heart attack, stroke and other diseases. So if you don't smoke, don't start. If you do smoke, love your heart and quit today. Need more motivation? Visit www.heart.org for help quitting smoking.

  1. Uncovering family history can help you to better understand your risk for heart disease. If you have a blood relative with heart disease or a risk factor for genetic heart disease, your risk for developing it significantly increases.

  1. More women die of cardiovascular disease than the next five causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.

  1. Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.  Learn about your risk factors and how to reduce them at www.GoRedForWomen.org.

Take a stroll for body, mind, and soul--walk a labyrinth!

Peace Walks


Martin Luther King Center
630 Martin Luther King Drive (9th Street)
Rock Island, Illinois
Sat., February 6
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Join us for the monthly Peace Walk at the Martin Luther King Center in downtown Rock Island. This walk will feature the 11- circuit Chartres labyrinth. Continuous 5-minute introductions are available for first-time walkers by Certified Labyrinth Facilitator Pat McLaughlin.

For those who prefer a quiet environment, we have designated the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. as Contemplative Time. Families with children are welcome to walk between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Adults are also welcome during this time if they are not disturbed by playful activity on or around the labyrinth.

We invite you to discover the peacemaking path of the labyrinth at a Peace Walk. Dates, times, and locations for the Peace Walks are posted on our online Events Calendar at www.qclabyrinth.org. So stay tuned, and visit our Web site often! To host a Peace Walk in your neighborhood, contact Pat at qclabyrinth@aol.com.

Cost: Free! Donat ions are gratefully accepted.

Directions to Martin Luther King Center

Progressive Baptist Church is holding a Blood Drive on Saturday, February 6, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Progressive Baptist Church is located at 1302 East 12th Street in Davenport.

Appointments: to donate, call Dorothy Steverson at 563-386-1884.  The public is invited to give blood at this Blood Drive!

New Donors Needed: Healthy people are needed to give blood every day. Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that only takes about an hour.  Donors must be at least 16 years old, in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds.  A Blood Donor card or other photo I.D. is required to donate; 16 year old donors must present a signed parental consent form, available from the Blood Center or by download at www.bloodcenter.org.  There is no risk of contracting a disease by giving blood.  Controlled high blood pressure and diabetics are acceptable.  If you have a question regarding your eligibility to donate blood, call the Blood Center at 800-747-5401.

"Blood is needed every day - not just in times of disaster.  Let's make sure blood is on the shelves at all times so we're prepared for anything.  It's the blood on the shelf that saves lives," encourages David Green, MVRBC President and CEO.

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The Independent Physicians of the Quad Cities Fund is looking for local nonprofit organizations that are seeking funding for projects designed to improve public health in the local community. Grants area available for up to $5,000 and will be awarded based on a program's impact on public health.

Consideration will be given to projects that:

  • Monitor health status to identify community problems
  • Inform, educate and empower individuals about health issues
  • Link those in need to personal health services
  • Assure a competent public health and personal health care workforce
  • Research new insights and innovative solutions to health problems

The Independent Physicians Association of the Quad Cities Fund is now accepting grant applications. Visit www.cfgrb.org to download an electronic version of the application, guidelines and budget form. All applications must be received by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend by February 28, 2010.

If you are interested in learning more, contact Community Foundation of the Great River Bend Program Associate Pat Miller at 563-326-2840 or patmiller@cfgrb.org.

The Quad City Health Initiative (QCHI) has elected the following individuals as new Board members with terms beginning January 2010:

  • Major Mike Brown, Scott County Sheriff's Office
  • Mr. Alex Calder, Alcoa
  • Mr. Thad DenHartog, Mel Foster Co.
  • Ms. Sharon Hodson, Deere & Company
  • Dr. Ed Littig, St. Ambrose University
  • Dr. Ed Littig, St. Ambrose University

The following individuals were elected or promoted to serve on the Executive Board beginning January 2010:

  • Dr. Fred Burnham, Dentist
  • Mr. Jim Horstmann, Community Member
  • Mr. Jerry Lack, Illowa Construction Labor and Management Council
  • Ms. Anne McGlynn, Mid American Energy

Ms. Denise Bulat, Bi-State Regional Commission was elected Chair of the QCHI Board and Mr. Jim Horstmann was elected Vice-Chair beginning January 2010. Dr. Bud Phillis was appointed to the honorary position of Past Board Chair.

The Board also extends gratitude to the following retiring Board members:

  • Ms. Karen Dowsett, Community Member
  • Mr. Jerry Jones, City of Rock Island Martin Luther King Center
  • Ms. Jill McLaughlin, Community Member
  • Dr. Bud Phillis, Community Member

The Quad City Health Initiative is a community partnership working to create a healthy community. A 35-member community Board that was established in 1999 oversees the organization. The Initiative seeks to be our community's recognized leader for creating collaborative action on health and abides by the core values of commitment, collaboration and creativity. Major financial support of the Quad City Health Initiative is currently provided by the generous direct and in-kind investments of Genesis Health System and Trinity Regional Health System. In 2010, additional financial support is provided by St. Ambrose University and the McLaughlin Family Foundation. Support is also provided by QCHI Board members including the following member organizations: QC Medical Societies, Community Health Care, Rock Island County Health Department, Scott County Health Department and United Way of the Quad Cities Area.

For more information or to join the efforts of the Quad City Health Initiative, please call 563-421-2815 or visit our website at www.qchealthinitiative.org.



Smokers in Scott County committed to quitting tobacco in the new year and who are also affected by the economic downturn now have a valuable tool for quitting. With the typical pack-a-day Iowa smoker now spending nearly $1,900 per year on cigarettes, Quitline Iowa (1-800-QUIT-NOW) is doubling the amount of nicotine patches and gum available to callers during the month of January.

"The cost of smoking is high, both physically and financially. Quitline Iowa, a free resource, is making it easier for Iowans and Scott County residents to quit," said Brooke Barnes, Community Health Consultant, Tobacco-Free QC. "With many Iowans committing to quit their tobacco use in the new year, Quitline Iowa wil make it easier to stick to that resolution."

In Iowa, cigarettes cost $5.18 per pack on average, or about $36.00 per week for a pack-a-day smoker. Iowans can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to receive a free four-week supply of nicotine patches, gum or lonzenges. Quitline Iowa also has specially trained quit coaches who help make individualized quit plans and offer ongoing support through follow-up calls. After January 31, Quitline Iowa will resume offering callers the two-week supply available throughout the year.

According to the most recent data from the Iowa Department of Public Health, about 15 percent of Iowans living in urban counties such as Scott County currently smoke. Among them, 85 percent say they wish to quit, mainly for health reasons. Nearly 20 percent, however, say their main reason for wanting to quit is the cost.

For more information, call 1-800-784-8669 (1-800-QUIT-NOW). To calculate how much tobacco costs you based on your brand and the amount you smoke, visit www.quitlineiowa.org. Help is also available for users of chewing tobacco.

Body and Soul Personal Training invites you to OH WOW (Optimum Health, WorkOuts for Women) a brand new group training program just for women.  OH WOW is a 45 minute, results based workout led by one of our experienced personal trainers. Group size is limited. Sessions take place on Mondays at 5:30 pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:45 pm. Call 563-370-2359 or email bodyandsoulpt@yahoo.com for more details.
Body and Soul Personal Training is offering a New Year's Solution to that lose weight, get healthy and get fit resolution.  Join with us as we train to WALK a half marathon.  Body and Soul offers the longest, most comprehensive training program to teach you everything you need to know to cross the finish line with a smile on your face.  You'll get eight months of weekly group walks and instruction, full training schedule, a training log and much more.  An informational session will take place on January 20 at 6:00 pm.  Call 563-370-2359 or email bodyandsoulpt@yahoo.com for more details.
In response to the obesity epidemic in America, a Davenport inventor has filed a provincial patent for a weight loss device that he claims will cure obesity if used according to instructions.

Michael Grady, who invented the device in October, said that the device helps flush the body of undigested substances, which contribute to obesity. The body is inundated by processed food additives, medication, sugars and other substances that often cannot be digested when the body is dehydrated, or lacking water. The body requires water as a solvent to carry the undigested substances out of the body before they are stored in fatty tissue deposits.

The patented device, called the hydromotivator, is based on the written recommendation of a physician, Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, author of "Your Body's Many Cries for Water" (www.watercure.com). It acts to monitor the body's hydration levels throughout the day. Users are prompted to flush the body with water when the device indicates a dehydrated state. Toxins that would otherwise remain undigested in the body, and which contribute to obesity, might then be flushed out.

According to Grady, in addition to helping solve the obesity epidemic, the device also reduces the incidence of migraine headaches, hypertension, and high blood pressure, while relieving symptoms affiliated with diabetes. For more information, Grady can be reached at his water spa laboratory located at Atlantispa (www.atlantispa.com), 235 W 35th St. in Davenport at 563-445-7331.

Toni Ann Winninger: Spokesperson for and Channeller of material provided by The Masters of the Spirit World:

Toni is a Clear Channel which means she is a psychic with the very special gift of being able to translate in her mind the thoughts and ideas coming from people on the Other Side.

Some psychics read other people's higher minds. A few make contact with people who have died but not yet gone Home.  Other channellers go into a trance or use hypnosis to contact other souls. Toni is able, without going into a trance, to contact a group of leading spiritual guides and angels for the answers to your questions. A very rare gift indeed.

By profession Ms. Winninger is a trial lawyer. She spent 27 years working in the tough Chicago area criminal courts. She was a focussed and powerful prosecutor. Towards the end of her career she began to wonder what more there was to life. This led her to a journey investigating spiritual issues and ideas. Then one day, just as she took early retirement, the spirit Masters spoke to her, asking her to become their "voice." Not very sure of what she was letting herself into, Toni agreed, and started to learn how to be the excellent channel she has become.   Now, less than a decade later, Toni is known internationally as one of the world's most accurate clear channellers. Her work is in half-a dozen books, she translates the Masters' messages for their Internet blog, www.mastersofthespiritworld.com. and a column in the metaphysical e-zine Cosmic Lighthouse. She has clients throughout the United States, from Japan to Italy, and Britain to Puerto Rico, and does frequent readings in group sessions and one-on-one interviews. Thousands of people all over the world read her messages from the Masters every month.

Listening to Toni can be an experience of a lifetime. The Masters for whom she speaks are wonderful guides who care for us and our world, and love to bring help and hope into our lives, their messages often laced with subtle humor. Please join us in two locations and visit Toni.  Individual sessions with Toni are $55.00 for ½ hour and $100.00 for one hour.   Group Channeling: $20.00. Please make your appointments soon.  Take car,e Candice

The Healing Heart Center, Inc, 3481 Utica Ridge Road, Bettendorf, IA.

Phone: 563-370-7995

Sat. Dec. 5, 2009 9am---5:00 pm

Group Channeling will be: Sat. Dec. 5 at 7:00p.m.


Take Action Center, 901 E. Kimberly Rd Davenport, IA (Next to Chucky Cheese)

Phone: 563-445-6640

Sun. Dec. 6, 2009, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m.

Group Chandelling will be: Sun. Dec. 6, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.