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The open enrollment time for Marketplace health insurance began Nov. 1 and ends Dec. 15. If you sign up by then, you will have health insurance for all of 2021. If you are not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid and...
Many Iowans are cooperating to reduce the spread of the coronavirus during their work day. Much of this is due to employer policies regarding face coverings, staying at a distance and increased sanitizing of surfaces. Then we leave work or...
The Iowa Care for Yourself program has been around for years, but many women who could participate have never heard of it. The program is for women ages 40-65 who are income-eligible and do not have insurance coverage for breast...
Set a reminder on your phone that the third Thursday of November is your day to quit smoking. Even quitting for a single day is a step toward better physical and financial health. Quitting smoking has both immediate and long-term...
The acronym FAST could help you identify that someone is having a stroke. A stroke is sometimes called a brain attack and, like a heart attack, immediate medical attention will increase the chances for survival and recovery. Both men and...
In order to change up your efforts to walk more, try walking where you can enjoy the beautiful fall colors and perhaps spot some woodland animals and birds. There are flat, paved recreational trails throughout Dallas County, including trails within...
Do have fun this Halloween. Don’t forget to be safe. Responsibly protecting yourself and others is part of Halloween 2020. Stay home if you’re sick or were exposed to COVID-19. Hosts are responsible for providing a safe setting: this is not the...
People with mental health and substance use disorders also frequently have cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma and/or extensive tooth decay. Depression and anxiety can cause a variety of symptoms, affecting both your mood and your body. Communication between your medical, dental...
There are folks who think healthy aging is an oxymoron -- that growing older automatically means declining health. That's not necessarily so. Another misconception is that you can’t change old habits. It’s true that the longer we’ve done something, the more...
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...