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The Truth About Tobacco Use in Movies

February 28, 2018

As you may already know, the Academy Awards are coming up on March 4th. This brings to mind the incredible influence the award ceremonies and movie industry have on adults and youth. Whether speaking on social justice issues or in the world of healthcare, the voice of media is loud and heard by many. Here […]

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3 Things to know about HPV!

January 22, 2018

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month, so we thought we would share 3 things to know about HPV or Human Papilloma Virus, a virus that is the main cause of cervical cancer. 1. This virus is transmitted through sex. Even if you have had only one sexual partner your entire life, you can still get it. […]

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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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