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Quitting is Hard – Quitline Can Help

Quitting is Hard – Quitline Can Help

According to the 2016 County Health Rankings, 18.5 percent of adult Iowans smoke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates nearly seven out of 10 smokers want to quit; however, quitting smoking is hard and may require several attempts. People who stop smoking often start again because of withdrawal symptoms, stress, and weight gain. Even so, benefits of quitting tobacco far outweigh the challenges. 
Wednesday, July 6, 2016/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (4872)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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IDPH Urges Iowans to be Mindful of West Nile Virus

IDPH Urges Iowans to be Mindful of West Nile Virus

With Iowans expected to be spending extra time outdoors over the long Independence Day weekend, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding Iowans to take insect repellant along with them to their picnics, concerts, celebrations and fireworks displays to protect against mosquito bites. West Nile virus is transmitted through mosquitoes.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (2317)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Five Iowa Health Systems Launch Statewide Alert Notification System

Five Iowa Health Systems Launch Statewide Alert Notification System

Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) are pleased to announce five Iowa health care systems have begun using the Statewide Alert Notification (SWAN) system. This tool provides real-time, secure notifications to care teams regarding emergency room visits, admissions and discharges of their members.

Friday, June 24, 2016/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (3669)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Warmer Weather Prompts Public Health Reminder

Warmer Weather Prompts Public Health Reminder

With temperatures expected to rise above 90 degrees for the first time this year, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans to keep health in mind during the hot weather.

Thursday, June 9, 2016/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (2843)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
State Report Focuses on Complete Streets

State Report Focuses on Complete Streets

A new report prepared by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) finds only about 25 percent of Iowa’s largest cities have policies that support streets that serve cars, bikes, buses and walkers – so called ‘complete streets’ which are accessible to everyone.

Monday, June 6, 2016/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (2753)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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