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Your doctor will give you two thumbs up if you increase your steps each day. Walking is good for your heart, bones, balance, and can decrease risk of diabetes, cancer, and high cholesterol. Walking is one of the easiest ways...
A “medical home” is the clinic you normally go to for check-ups, immunizations and when you feel sick or have a minor injury. It’s sometimes called your primary clinic, where your primary healthcare provider works. A medical home keeps records...
A social support system is good for your overall health. A few trusted friends and/or family members to whom you can turn will help you manage everyday challenges and even major crises. As many of us have found this year,...
If your church or circle of friends is puzzling over how to maintain autumn traditions during the COVID-19 pandemic, please consider the following tips and suggestions. Outdoor gatherings are best and, fortunately, fall weather is typically enjoyable. If it happens...
In addition to the financial and emotional impact of a pandemic, many central Iowans are facing the aftermath of a natural disaster that has caused the loss of housing, food supplies and more. The Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program...
Back to school planning for the 2020-2021 school year is unique due to the SARS-CoV-2 global pandemic. There is much guidance from experts and memes from nearly everyone. For accurate information on expectations for your family, go to the official...
Ticks are the vectors that transmit Lyme disease. A tick bite starts as a small, red area and gets larger. Often the center of the widening circle clears and the red area around it forms a bull’s-eye. Go to...
The Dallas County Public Health Department is receiving calls from parents who wonder whether they should proceed with their children’s check-ups and immunizations. The short answer is: Yes. Even during a coronavirus pandemic, your child could contract measles, mumps or other...
Pregnant moms generally are very careful to protect their unborn babies. However, it turns out that some moms skip buckling their seat belt in the last weeks of pregnancy, thinking that the seat belt may hurt the baby in...
As human populations grow, the natural habitat for other species shrinks. Displaced animals may seek homes in garages, attics or under decks and porches. There are benefits to having bats living in an area because a small bat eats between...