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



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 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 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 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" ( 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 (, 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, 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.

Bettendorf, IA - The North Central States Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society will hold its annual walk MS in Bettendorf on Saturday, May 8, 2010.

More than 500 walkers are expected to come out and help raise the goal of $40,250.  Funds raised will support direct services for the more than 8,000 people with MS and their families in the North Central States Chapter area and national MS research to find a cure for this chronic disease of the central nervous system.

Walk MS: Bettendorf Walk will be entering its 9th year. Walkers will participate in a 3 mile walk, and the festivities will take off and end at the Veteran Memorial Park in Bettendorf with lunch being served following the walk. Registration will open at 8:00 am and the walk will begin at 10:00 am. People can participate in walk MS individually, as a team, or as a virtual walker. Volunteers are also needed!

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      • WHAT: Walk MS: Quad Cities Walk to benefit the North Central States Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

WHEN: Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 10:00 am

WHERE: Veterans Memorial Park

      • WHY: Proceeds raised will benefit the North Central States Chapter of the National MS Society.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

  • The National MS Society helps each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50-state network of chapters.

  • Through our home office and 50-state network of chapters, we fund more MS research, provide more services to people with MS, offer more professional education and further more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world.

  • The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.  We are people who want to do something about MS now.  Join the movement at


About Multiple Sclerosis

  • Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.

  • Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.  The advancement, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.

  • Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.

  • MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.5 million worldwide.


WASHINGTON? As health reform reaches a critical juncture in Congress, AARP and AMA are joining forces to cut through the noise and focus on the benefits of health reform for older Americans who depend on Medicare and the physicians who care for them.  Today, AARP and AMA are launching a national television ad that separates fact from fiction and highlights how health reform will improve Medicare by lowering prescription drug costs and making certain that neither government nor insurance bureaucrats come between Medicare patients and their doctors when making important health decisions.

"We know opponents of health care reform won't rest," said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond.  "We'll continue to fight for older Americans and to protect and strengthen Medicare, not only for today, but for generations to come."

"Together, AMA and AARP are working to put the scare tactics to bed once and for all and inform patients about the benefits of health reform," said AMA President J. James Rohack, M.D.  "Preserving the patient-physician relationship, improving the private insurance market so that coverage can't be denied if you get sick or lose your job, and finally fixing the Medicare physician payment formula that puts seniors' access to care at risk are some of the key goals we're working for this year."

As debate continues in the halls of Congress and across America, so do the myths and scare tactics designed to mislead seniors about what health care reform will mean for their Medicare.  Special interests have pumped millions of dollars into distorting reform proposals and confusing seniors.

"AARP is fighting to protect and improve the sacred promise of Medicare made to the millions of older Americans who depend upon it," said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond.  "Now, special interests are using myths and misinformation to distort the truth and wrongly suggesting that Medicare will be harmed.  After a lifetime of hard work, don't seniors deserve better?"

The new TV ad features a physician and a "spin doctor" each sharing their perspective on health reform, with the physician correcting misinformation about health reform.

This ad is just one part of a multi-faceted education campaign AARP and AMA have undertaken and will continue as they educate their members and others about the truth behind health care reform.  In 2009 alone, AARP has sponsored or has been featured in 649 town hall meetings, tele-town hall meetings, forums and roundtables, and has reached over 50 million readers and viewers through its publications and television, radio and print ads.  AMA has reached millions through grassroots patient and physician outreach, news conferences, satellite media tours, media appearances, social media, direct mail, and TV, radio and print advertising.

The ad can be found at

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.  AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates.  We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.5 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's nearly 40 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website,  AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors.  We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

About the American Medical Association

The American Medical Association helps doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional and public health issues. Working together, the AMA's quarter of a million physician and medical student members are playing an active role in shaping the future of medicine. For more information on the AMA, please visit

In this trying time of economic challenge for so many families---and especially for families with young adults in college---even coming home for the holidays can be a stressful event.

Today's students are under an unprecedented amount of pressure to make the best grades possible, at all costs, even to the detriment of their peace of mind and moral code.

Add to THAT the underlying worries of world unrest, climate change, and an uncertain economic future.

Parents wonder, will our kids have jobs in their fields when they graduate? At every turn, parents are reminded how hard their children will have to work in order to carve out a life that will sustain them.

"Today's families are under a formidable amount of stress," says parenting expert and author Malcolm Gauld. "How are they to connect with the peaceful spirit of giving thanks, as the family comes together Thanksgiving weekend? Even trying to connect to and hold on to that good feeling can be a pressure."

Malcolm and his wife Laura Gauld are co-authors of the parenting book The Biggest Job We'll Ever Have and the Biggest Job parenting seminars. They also run Hyde Schools, a network of prep schools in Maine and Connecticut that has led the way in character education for over four decades.

"In our increasingly achievement-oriented culture, we tend to mark the time with our awards, diplomas, new car or sports victory, like the Homecoming Game," says Malcolm. "These things may be great
memories, but they will not sustain a family's joy over time. In the end, it's not our material successes or achievements that will inspire our families."

"In an ever changing world that seems to be moving faster and faster, the things that most nourish us and keep us close to the thanksgiving spirit tend to be found in the things that really keep us connected, person to person," Laura adds. "Often these are the things that do not change, the aspects of our lives that are constant."

What can parents do to help the family connect to the more meaningful and memorable opportunities of the season?

The Gaulds have some tips:

Don't sweat the small stuff. During a jam-packed weekend, especially one that we've been waiting
for, it's easy to build those Kodak-moment expectations and get stuck on the details that have to be 'perfect'---the dinner, the house, the decorations, what time people arrive, what the kids have planned, and so forth," says Laura.

"Don't sweat the details---the stress will rob you of the opportunity to be present, to experience joy and spontaneity with your family. Know when to take hold and when to let go of priorities throughout the weekend. As parents, the more we try to control the order of events, the less hold we actually have."

Take some time to build family traditions. The big picture of raising children is done with the actions, routines, and practices that make up a lifetime of memories and habits. Often, the value of these actions is seen looking back at one's upbringing.

"It's not the amount of time you will spend together at Thanksgiving, or any holiday, that will be important---it's what you will do with it," says Laura. "Build special memories through traditions, old or new. If Grandma made a certain dish every year, then make it together with your kids. If you want to get everyone out of the house to enjoy nature, initiate an annual hike to a favorite place. These are the things that, over time, will be cherished."

"And remember, you can be in charge of the turkey---but you don't have to do everything yourself," adds Malcolm. "Kids love to be involved. Let them help with the weekend plans and preparations. Think of a special project they can be responsible for. Kids enjoy being trusted participants in the family gathering, and it helps to build their self-esteem. It also introduces them to the idea of carrying on the family traditions themselves when they are adults."

Allow obstacles to become opportunities. When things go wrong---and they always go wrong---try to keep your sense of humor and positive attitude about you. Be open to the ways in which challenges and failures can become opportunities for growth, learning, conversation and camaraderie. And be aware of what can be fixed and what can't.

"If you ruin your turkey, or get a flat tire on your way to your Aunt Louise's house with the family, the meal can be changed and the flat can be fixed," says Malcolm. "Don't let your disappointment or your stress weigh down the event. Allow for plans to change, and use your imagination to find communal joy by sharing stories, memories, and ideas for celebrating another way if need be. Be creative."

Finally, when the holiday is over, continue to gather for regular meals. "Studies clearly indicate that the experience of sharing a daily meal as a family helps to increase self-esteem in teenagers, and
decreases the chances of depression and even drug use," says Laura. "Often we are so busy that parents eat on the run, and so do the kids. But we cannot underestimate the power of a shared meal. So don't wait for a special occasion. Make the effort to have dinner together regularly as family. And light the candles."


MADISON, Wis. - Before you go over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house this holiday season, consider what a University of Wisconsin-Madison infectious-disease specialist calls key myths about travel and illness.

"Many people have misconceptions about how viruses and bacterial infections are transmitted from person to person, especially on airplanes," says Dr. Jim Conway, an associate professor of medicine at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) and pediatric infectious-disease physician at the American Family Children's Hospital.

"If you combine common sense with accurate information, you'll have a much better chance of staying healthy during the holidays."

Conway says the myths fall into three general categories.

Myth #1: Stale airplane air is a major source of contagious disease.

"There are very few things that fly through the air and magically infect other people," says Conway. "Viral infections like flu and colds spread when you have contact with a droplet from someone's sneeze or cough. It's transmitted because humans can't seem to keep their hands away from their faces," says Conway. Viruses last several hours on surfaces while bacteria can last for weeks.

Myth #2: Immune-boosting products will protect you from holiday illnesses.

Conway says there is no reliable evidence that shows products marketed as "bolstering the immune system" work. While the products contain heavy doses of vitamins, Conway says it's not ever been demonstrated in any clinical studies that a few chewables or tablets will instantly make the immune system stronger.

Myth #3: Surgical masks provide more protection against contagious viruses.

Conway says this is a myth with a shred of truth in it. Surgical masks won't stop colds and other viruses because these viruses are not airborne like the pathogens causing tuberculosis, smallpox and measles.

"Since it would be rare to come in contact with a contagious disease that's airborne, the only reason to wear a mask on a commercial airplane is that you don't trust yourself not to touch your mouth, eyes and nose, not to prevent someone from breathing in contaminated air OR if you are coughing and sneezing yourself, and want to protect other people by minimizing spread of your own secretions," he says. "To protect yourself, though, you're much better off spending 89 cents for a bottle of hand sanitizer and keeping your hands below your neck."

Conway says people may be tired of hearing it, but the prescription for staying healthy during the holidays is frequent hand-washing, the use of hand sanitizer and keeping your hands away from your face. In addition, make sure everyone in the family has received their influenza vaccine, and that sick people try to avoid close contact with others.

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