Locally Grown Food
Caring Hands Closet
Shopping tips for the Grocery Store. Watch some short video clips on what to
look for in each isle, how to read labels and what products help improve overall
health. You can also print a quick tips sheet to take shopping!
Summer Food Program. The Iowa Dept. of Education has an interactive map that shows all the sites where any child under 18 can go for a free summer meal. You do not have to sign anything or show identification. You do not have to live near-by or even in the same county. The map gives contact information so you can find out serving times and dates.
Flood preparedness checklist for
Foodborne illness videos for
patients and health care providers
IDPH, in cooperation
with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) and the State Hygienic
Laboratory (SHL), has created three videos to assist the public and health care
providers in identifying and testing for foodborne illnesses:
Should I Do If I Think I Have A Foodborne Illness? Describes what the
public should do if they suspect they have a foodborne illness (food
Healthcare Providers Can Help Detect Foodborne Illness. Steps healthcare
providers should take if their patient may have a food borne illness.
· How to
Collect a Stool Sample. To assist patients to correctly collect a stool
sample and send for testing.
To view the videos, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/Cade/Foodborne.aspx,
and look under video resources at the bottom of the page. Health care providers
can request free DVD copies of the videos for patients to view during office
visits and for staff by calling 800-362-2736.
Iowa hospital facts website
The Iowa Hospital
Association has announced the launch of a new website aimed at providing
Iowans with information about hospitals and health care in the state. The Iowa Hospital Facts website is a
portal to state and national health care websites where Iowans can connect to
data and information about the cost, quality, safety and value of their
hospitals. The web portal links to information about quality and patient safety
data, hospital economic impact data, community benefit information, job listings
for Iowa hospitals, and other pertinent information.
www.medlineplus.gov/Iowa is hosted by
the University of Iowa Library and contains a lot of information about medical
services available in each county in Iowa. You can search by location or service
Check out the directory of health and human services for Calhoun County.
Calhoun County Public Health is a Supporter of the Physical Activity
Guidelines for America. The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are
first –ever comprehensive guidelines published by the federal
government. Being physically active is one of the most important things
we can do to improve our health. Physical activity is linked with many
positive health benefits, including lowering risk of early death & a number
of chronic diseases & conditions. Some physical activity is better than
none! Adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some
health benefits. For substantial health benefits adults should do at least 150
minutes/week of moderate or 75 minutes/week of vigorous-intensity physical
activity. Physical activity does not have to be hard. Pick activities that you
like to do. Team up with a friend to stay motivated and be more fun. Get
Started and Be Active Your Way! www.health.gov/paguidelines
New statewide prescription drug disposal program
to protect Iowans and the environment
NOVEMBER 9, 2009: Iowa is the first in the nation to launch TakeAway™ a statewide prescription drug disposal program. TakeAway Environmental Return System allows consumers to safely dispose
of unused or expired medications through the convenience of drop off boxes in
their community pharmacies.
“We care about patient safety and protecting our environment,” said Kate
Gainer, Vice President of the Iowa Pharmacy Association. “This easy-to-use
consumer take back program will reduce contamination in our waterways and help
prevent prescription drug abuse.”
TakeAway is a new solution to an old, yet urgent problem. “Every day
patients ask their pharmacists what to do with expired drugs,” said Gainer who
is also a pharmacist. “Before TakeAway, we did not have an easy or
When unused drugs get in the wrong hands, the potential for danger is
significant. The Office of National Drug Control reports that prescription drugs
are the drug of choice among 12- and 13-year olds, while one third of all new
abusers of prescription drugs are between the ages of 12 and 17. People who
throw away or flush unused drugs are also creating dangerous situations by
polluting water supplies and landfills. Plus, prescription medicines thrown in
the trash may be picked up by children or pets.
“As members of the community, pharmacists are in a prime position to ensure
the safe and proper handling of medications, from dispensing to disposal,” said
Gainer. “By working together, pharmacists across the state of Iowa hope to make
a difference for the environment and their communities through TakeAway.”
Visit www.iarx.org/takeaway/ to locate a
participating pharmacy in your community and please review the list of
acceptable and unacceptable items. Harris Drug in Lake City is currently the
only participating pharmacy.
The Iowa Pharmacy Association is the state society representing the
profession of pharmacy, united for the purpose of advancing public health,
particularly the pharmaceutical care of all Iowans.