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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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!

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

After four rounds of supportive testimony from doctors, patients and advocates, board will now recommend to state lawmakers whether to change marijuana's classification under state law

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA ? Today the Iowa Board of Pharmacy held the last of four hearings to examine the medical value of marijuana, receiving testimony from a range of medical experts, patients who have benefited from medical marijuana, and many others who asked that Iowa allow doctors to recommend the medical use of marijuana for seriously ill patients.

More than 80 people in total testified at hearings in Des Moines, Mason City, Iowa City and Council Bluffs. Almost no one testified against medical marijuana. Among those who spoke out in favor of medical marijuana were state Sen. Joe Bolkcom (D-Iowa City), Dr. Stephan Arndt, director of the Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation, and Raphael Mechoulam, the Israeli scientist who in 1964 discovered THC, marijuana's main psychoactive component.

"Marijuana has been found to be of considerable medical value in numerous diseases," said Mechoulam, considered the world's leading expert on marijuana and cannabinoids, who testified by phone from Israel.

Noah Mamber, a legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project, who testified by phone from Washington, D.C., asked the board to officially recognize the medical value of marijuana and to encourage state lawmakers to allow doctors to recommend marijuana for qualified patients. "In allowing doctors to write 'recommendations,' as opposed to prescriptions, Iowa can still maintain a doctor's place as the gatekeeper who controls who is allowed to possess medicine while still creating an effective medical marijuana law," he said.

Sen. Bolkcom has already introduced legislation that would protect medical marijuana patients from criminal sanctions. SF 293 would also create nonprofit compassion centers that could distribute medical marijuana to qualified patients.

With more than 29,000 members and 100,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP believes that the best way to minimize the harm associated with marijuana is to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. For more information, please visit http://MarijuanaPolicy.org.


Ayurveda in Sanskrit means the science of long and healthy life.

The advantage for a consultation with a good Ayurvedic physician is that once you have the consultation, then you need not have another consultation, until a life change,  as long as you are following life styles and patterns according to your body needs.

What is your individual need?

Below is a brief bio profile and schedule for Dr. Satam's visit to our area.

Take in the general presentations too.

Physician in Ayurveda to visit.

Dr. Shubhangee Satam will be visiting our area from Nov. 4th. 2009 through Nov 7th. 2009

Dr. Satam is an M.D. in Ayurvedic medicine trained from R.A.Podar Medical College, Worli, Mumbai in1998. Additionally, she has a "Teacher's Training Course in Yoga" from "The Yoga Institute, Mumbai, India" with an Intensive Course of Yoga done from "The Yoga Institute, Santacruz, India"  as a prerequisite to teach Yoga.

Dr Satam has been working as an Ayurvedic Consultant since 1998 with successful results in:

*Cosmetic problems such as Pimples, Complexion problems, Dandruff, Graying of hair
*Other disorders like skin disorders
*Life style disorders like Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, cardiac problems.
Dr. Satam has an excellent knowledge about all the Panchakarma procedures.
Fluent in Sanskrit, Dr. Satam writes articles on Ayurveda as well has completed translations and interpretation of Sanskrit texts on ancient Indian medicinal literature Dr. Satam has conducted lecture series on Ayurveda for 3 weeks in Salzburg (Austria) sponsored by Intersol.She has conducted training programs for the marketing team of the distributor of Charak's Products in Sri Lanka in the year 2001.She has participated in the exhibition of the Natural Product Expo Europe held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in June 2002 and 2003 as well as the Natural Product Expo West, California, USA in March 2003.She has visited Malaysia in March 2004 for techno-marketing discussions. She participated in an Ayurveda Symposium in September 2006 in Germany and conducted lectures of Ayurveda in Latvia and Austria in 2009. Dr. Satam has traveled several times in Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands for the Business Development and Market survey of products.
Fluent in English, Sanskrit, Hindi Marathi and comfortable in German, French and Dutch, Dr. Satam's Personal Interests: Trekking

Schedule during Dr. Satam stay in our area:
On Thursday, Nov 5th. 2009, at 7.00 pm during our regular Independent Scholars' Evenings, Dr.Satam will give a general discussion on Ayurveda.

Independent Scholars' Evenings are held on the 2nd floor of The Moline Club 513 16th. Street Moline. The evening is free and open to the public.

Saturday Nov. 7th. 2009 from 2 pm to 5.pm is a first Conference on Ayurveda held at The Moline Club Ballroom, on the 3rd floor. 513 16th. Street Moline.

The areas for discussion will cover the following:

  • HINI Flu ---care through Ayurveda

  • Ayurvedic Approach to Menopause

  • Impotency -Tackle it with Ayurveda

  • Diabetes.. .its Management through Ayurveda.

  • Ayurveda and Insomnia

  • Stress Management : An Ayurvedic Perspective

  • Geriatric care.... longer healthier lives through Ayurveda.

  • Curcuma ( Turmeric) -- A boon to the World

  • Balanced diet and lifestyle.. the regime of Ayurveda.

  • Ayurveda --- A Great help to maintain Beauty

The Conference is free and open to the public.

While in our area, Dr. Shubhangee Satam will be available for individual private consultations at The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, held at The Moline Commercial Club, 1530 Fifth Ave. Moline. Enter from the 513 16th Street door.

Please call 762-9202 for scheduling. A nominal charge of $15.00 for a consultation is applicable.

The 5 day event is sponsored by The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, Ltd.

1530 Fifth Ave. Moline. Illinois, 61265. tel 309-762-9209 www.qcinstitute.org

Bettendorf, IA - Mel Foster Co. is hosting its first annual Putt Putt golf charity event. This year's event, "Putt for Shots" will be on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center in Moline.

"Putt for Shots" is a miniature golf tournament that includes 18 custom holes designed for your entertainment. Proceeds will benefit the community effort in the seasonal flu vaccination of our area school aged children. By supporting this event, we are helping in the efforts to prevent the wide spread of influenza within our family, our business and our community.

"Mel Foster is always looking to support our community and this event has the potential to help hundreds of our school aged children. 100% of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Genesis Health System's Flu Free Quad Cities initiative." says Kris Ratigan, Marketing Director at Mel Foster Co.

Each golfer will enjoy 18 holes of miniature golf, as well as hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Non golfers can enjoy a social only ticket. Deadline to register is Friday, October 30.

"We are hoping to make the Putt Putt charity event an annual fundraiser with proceeds benefiting different organizations each year." added Ratigan.

For more information or to register, visit www.melfosterco.com/putt



Thousands of people in Illinois are finding a new motivation to be active through a free online program that offers participants support in developing healthier, more active lifestyles.

Walk Across Illinois is a free health initiative that creates opportunities for everyone to achieve their full potential for physical activity. Find out more at www.WalkAcrossIllinois.org.

Registered participants earn "miles" through physical activity and use those miles to track their progress on virtual routes across the state.  Walk Across Illinois is a program through the Active Transportation Alliance, which works to improve the health and sustainability of Chicagoland's transportation.

More than 12,000 walkers have logged over 1.2 million miles since Walk Across Illinois launched in 2005.

"One of the easiest ways to earn miles is to replace car trips with walking or biking trips," said Rob Sadowsky, Active Trans executive director. "Whether it is a walk to the store or a bike ride with your family, your virtual tour starts right at home."

The program's website provides participants with resources to make it easy to get active. Resources like information on route locations and a tracker that allows participants to report and track their progress will make help walkers stay motivated every step of the way.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four people living in Illinois are obese and more than half of the population is considered overweight.  Through Walk Across Illinois, thousands from all across Illinois are on the path towards better health by incorporating physical activity into their daily routine.

Walk Across Illinois envisions neighborhoods and streets filled with residents being active together within their communities.  This free online program is a fun and rewarding opportunity that makes it easy for everyone to develop active lifestyles through walking and other physical activity.  Anyone can register at www.WalkAcrossIllinois.org and embark on a journey towards health and fitness one step at a time.

Find out more about Walk Across Illinois at www.WalkAcrossIllinois.org.

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. Formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, the Active Transportation Alliance is North America's largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by more than 6,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 35 full-time staff. For more information on the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.


Davenport, Iowa - October 13, 2009- The Alzheimer's Association, Greater Iowa Chapter, is hosting The Art of Caregiving.  A series of informative interactive presentations designed for professional and family caregivers.

This year's conference is one of the Alzheimer's Association annual fall caregiver conferences. The annual conference rotates between the communities of Burlington, Davenport and Dubuque.  This year's conference is being held at the Best Western Steeplegate Inn in Davenport on November 5 from 8am -4:15pm.

The conference is intended for anyone whose personal or professional life puts them in daily contact with people who have Alzheimer's disease or related disorders, anyone who designs, administers or manages programs or services people with dementia and for those who are interested in acquiring a better understanding of dementia and the best ways to interact with those with the disease.

The keynote speaker for the conference is Bill Bridgwater a former executive and Early Onset patient.  Mr. Bridgwater is the only Alzheimer's Association national board member to serve while having the disease, and is a contributing member of the Alzheimer's Association advisory committee to the FDA.  He is presenting Living a Full and Rewarding Life with Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease.

Other speakers include : Connie Lucas of the Alzheimer's Association presenting Activities for Persons with Dementia, Jade Angelica and Amy Ressler of Healing Moments™ Alzheimer's Ministry presenting Meeting in the Moment:  Communicating Effectively with Persons with Alzheimer's and Dr. Seema Joshi of Bettendorf Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Clinics who will speak on medical updates and research.

"It is important that caregivers and potential caregivers be aware of the best methods for dealing with Alzheimer's," said Jerry Schroeder, program specialist with the Alzheimer's Association's Greater Iowa Chapter, "an estimated 65,000 Iowans are currently living with the disease.  We need to make every effort to address the needs of the community of patients and caregivers.  This conference puts us in a position to train others on the latest strategies, methods and research."

Deadline for registration is October 29th.  For more information on the conference and registration costs please contact Jerry Schroeder at the Alzheimer's Association 563-324-1022.


Davenport, IA, October 15, 2009:  Davenport Parks & Recreation is teaming up with the Roosevelt Community Partnership (RCP) to hold a Health  Families event.  This event will include tips on families spending quality time together, how to manage work and families, and being healthy by exercising and eating right.  The event promises to be hands-on experience  for the whole family, including: games, family craft ideas, presentations, facility tours, and a glimpse into all the Roosevelt Community Center has to offer families.

    Date:  Saturday, October 17th, 2009

    Age:  All Ages

    Time: 10:00am-2:00pm

    Fee:  FREE

    Location: Roosevelt Community Center, 1220 Minnie Ave., Davenport

    For questions regarding event, please contact 563-326-7812 or www.cityofdavenportiowa.com

October 9, 2009 - Davenport, IA - Celebrating life through programs and classes that enhance one's spirit, mind and body is the mission of the Scott County Family Y.  On Saturday, October 24, area cancer survivors and their supporters are invited to attend a wellness open house at the West Family YMCA that's especially designed to do just that.

At 9am, BODYVIVE will celebrate life with an energizing and uplifting combination of easy-to-follow cardio steps aimed at lifting the heart rate followed by creative strength building and flexibility exercises. Live Strong RPM group cycling classes geared towards empowering and energizing the whole body will be held at 8am, 9am, and 10:15am.  Inspiration will also be shared from YMCA members who are surviving cancer in addition to informational displays from area health care providers and cancer awareness organizations. Participants should come dressed comfortably and be prepared to have fun.

This Live Strong event is part of a Community Wellness Open House, from 8am to 5pm, Saturday, October 24, at the West Family YMCA, 3503 West Locust Street, Davenport.  In addition to the wellness classes, survivors and the community are encouraged to take part in other open house events and drawings, all aimed at enhancing total health - your Spirit, Mind and Body. Each person who attends will also receive a Livestrong or a Sur-VIVE-or wristband.

For information about this event, call the West Family YMCA at 563-386-4414 or visit the Scott County Family Y website, www.ScottCountyFamilyY.org.

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