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What Gift Are You Giving Your Child?

What Gift Are You Giving Your Child?

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, Iowans are busy looking for fun and memorable gifts for family and friends; however, not all gifts are intended for all ages and audiences. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) urges Iowans to think about the appropriateness of the gifts you give this season.

“Gift items like alcohol and lottery tickets are reserved for the adult marketplace and other popular gifts like certain movies and video games may not be appropriate for everyone on your list,” said Eric Preuss of the IDPH Office of Problem Gambling Treatment and Prevention. Preuss says it is especially important to be aware of the potential risks associated with gambling-related gifts. 

 

 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (2034)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Annual Report Shows Pause in Obesity Rate Climb

Annual Report Shows Pause in Obesity Rate Climb

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) report, compiled in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One statistic in the most recent report is notable in that it has remained stable. The prevalence of obesity, which has steadily increased, leveled off in 2014. The percentage of Iowans who are either overweight or obese was 66.9 percent in 2014; this is relatively unchanged from 67 percent in 2013.

Thursday, November 19, 2015/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (2375)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
Influenza Continues to Spread; Two Deaths Reported

Influenza Continues to Spread; Two Deaths Reported

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced two influenza-related deaths. The two middle-aged (41 to 60 years of age) males were from central Iowa. “Our sympathies go to the families and loved ones of the individuals who died," said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. "These deaths are an unfortunate reminder the flu virus is circulating in Iowa, and does have the potential to cause severe illness and death.” The flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May. The most current surveillance shows three states in the nation have the highest estimated influenza activity – Iowa, Oregon and Rhode Island.

Monday, November 16, 2015/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (6621)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.2
Quitline Iowa a Resource for the Great American Smokeout

Quitline Iowa a Resource for the Great American Smokeout

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) encourages Iowans who make the decision to quit smoking as part of the Great American Smokeout next week to use the help services provided by Quitline Iowa.

Thursday, November 12, 2015/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (2060)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
Flu Circulating in Iowa

Flu Circulating in Iowa

The flu season appears to be off to an early start in Iowa, as the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced testing by the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) has identified cases influenza circulating the state. While influenza activity remains at a low level, the identification of the virus in Iowa should serve as motivation for those who have not yet received their yearly influenza vaccination to do so now.

Friday, October 30, 2015/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (2612)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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