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Mentoring Impacts…Mentors?

January 9, 2018

Did your New Year’s resolutions involve giving back to your community? If so, January, National Mentoring Month, is a great time to get started! Mentoring impacts more than just the youth involved. Consider the mission statement of Mentor Dubuque: Mentor Dubuque creates and supports one to one mentoring relationships between youth facing challenges and caring […]

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4 Things To Know To Be Successful

August 19, 2016

Breastfeeding Success As I work with breastfeeding women, one of the most frequent comments I hear is “how can I be sure I will be successful so I can meet my breastfeeding goal?”  Well, there are four key steps that have been identified as being important in getting breastfeeding off to a good start and […]

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A Month of Mental Health Awareness

May 13, 2016

It has come to my attention that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. I, for one, think this is a wonderful thing. Being that I myself work in the Integrated Health Home (IHH) department of Hillcrest, Mental health is a large concern to both me and my coworkers.  However, mental health is not only a […]

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Teenagers remind me of toddlers…

April 19, 2016

I find myself at a strange crossroad in my life. I am a mother of a two-year-old girl and a fourteen-year-old, 8th grade, girl. I find their behavior and personalities strikingly parallel. Teenagers remind me of toddlers…one second moody, independent, emotional, destructive, and upset with little reason or explanation. Then, like the flip of a […]

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Does your metabolism need a boost?

March 3, 2016

March is National Nutrition Month!  It is also that time of year when we start getting to enjoy more sunshine and some warmer temperatures!  That always seems to give me some motivation to get moving and putting some thought into improving my health.  An important way to do that is to make sure my metabolism […]

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Through With Chew Week

February 18, 2016

More than 5 of every 100 high school students (5.5%) in the United States use smokeless tobacco (2014). The public awareness campaign  “Through With Chew Week” is designed to reduce the use of smokeless tobacco among young people and is celebrated February 15-20. Local youth chapters Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention (ISTEP) are […]

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Going Back To School Can Be Difficult For LGBTQ Teens

September 4, 2015

Coming back to school from summer vacation can be challenging for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and other identities (LGBTQ+). While it is often a return to supportive friends and teachers, it can also be a return to harassment, indifference, and exclusion. The Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools has […]

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Breast milk, the best, first food for babies!!

August 21, 2015

When I was pregnant with my first child, we knew we wanted our baby to receive breast milk because we had heard about all the benefits for baby.  Little did we know ALL the benefits, as breastfeeding benefits go beyond just baby. They also apply to me, our budget, and the community. Some benefits to […]

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Teen Empowerment Month

May 20, 2015

May is “Teen Empowerment Month,” a time to highlight the importance of education, access and empowerment to help teens take control of their sexual health in a way that is normalized and not stigmatized. This month, schools and health organizations across Iowa will be hosting awareness campaigns to encourage teens to become informed about healthy […]

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STI Awareness Month

April 23, 2015

Did you know April is Sexually transmitted infections Awareness Month? STI’s for short, are a very real risk and something every sexually active person should be aware of.  Being sexually active comes with a certain level of risk.  The only way to be sexually active and not have any risk is abstinence (i.e. not having sex […]

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