Health

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06
May

Simple ways to lose weight without dieting

by Jill Fleming, MS, RD/LD

Sure, you can lose weight quickly. There are plenty of fad diets that work to shed pounds fast, leaving you feeling hungry and deprived. The problem is that most people can only follow these restrictive diets for a short time, eventually going back to their old way of eating. I call this the “diet roller coaster”.

Instead of starting a restrictive diet, which lowers your metabolism, why not adopt a few new choices that can turn into lifelong habits?  The weight you lose with new habits is more likely to be permanent. Here are 10 of my favorite proven habits to promote weight loss:

Wed
06
May

VMH Community and Home Care Public Health Office reminds residents COVID-19 is still spreading in Allamakee County

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation Monday, April 27 allowing the reopening of some business types and lifting gathering requirements for certain counties beginning May 1. The proclamation applies to 77 counties in Iowa where COVID-19 activity remains lowest.

The new guidelines do not apply to organizations in Allamakee County due to ongoing higher levels of COVID-19 activity.

“It’s important for residents and businesses in Allamakee County to remember COVID-19 is still spreading in our community,” said Lisa Moose, Community and Home Care Director. “We aren’t out of the woods yet. There is still a lot of work to be done, so we need everyone to continue practicing social distancing and other public health recommendations to slow the spread of the virus.”

Everyone can do their part by staying home as much as possible, avoiding groups of people, only going out for essentials like groceries and medical care, and staying home if they’re sick.

Wed
06
May

Caregiver Support Group to hold meetings by conference calls during COVID-19 pandemic

The regular Caregiver Support Group meetings held monthly at Veterans Memorial Hospital have been canceled due to the COVID-19 virus. However, this support group is now being held through conference calls. Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) is offering weekly Caregiver Support Group conference calls every Monday from 10-11 a.m.

To join a call, just dial 1-800-264-8432. Then enter the participant code 961847#.  Participants will then be connected to the support group conference call, joining other caregivers.

Wed
06
May

Blood in high need during COVID-19

The need for blood does not stop, especially during COVID-19. Blood is currently in high demand, so local blood drives will continue to be held. Life Serve team members only report to work if they are healthy and only healthy donors are eligible to give blood. Blood drives are essential medical services and not considered mass gatherings.

The number of donors is limited to ensure donor separation and staff has strict cleaning and disinfection schedules. Other measures are also in place to ensure the safety of the blood supply so these lifesaving donations can continue during COVID-19.

The next blood drive will be held Thursday, May 7 from Noon to 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.

Wed
29
Apr

April is National Occupational Therapy Month


Occupational Therapy at VMH ... April is National Occupational Therapy Month. Pictured above is Occupational Therapist, Tami Gebel, with her daughter, Alaina. Tami had to turn from mother to therapist to help her own daughter recover from the first sport related injury to occur in her family. She modified clothing to fit over her large bulky casts, taught modified ways to get dressed, and washing her long hair with only one hand, among many other daily tasks that Occupational Therapists teach when helping all their patients return to their normal life. Submitted photo.

by Tami Gebel, Occupational Therapist, Veterans Memorial Hospital

I have been blessed to be an occupational therapist in Waukon for 21 years now. I met my husband in Waukon, and now we are raising our two children here among all the wonderful people in Allamakee County.

I have had the opportunity to work in all the different settings such as hospital inpatient and outpatient, home health, nursing homes and schools. I have helped people who were dealing with injuries, accidents, surgeries, diseases and illnesses. I have learned from all of the experiences and from all of the people with whom I have worked with, patients and co-workers.

Wed
29
Apr

More face masks needed in community for at-risk population

Face mask donations are still needed ...
Face mask donations are still needed ... Waukon Economic Development, Lansing City Clerk Office, Postville City Clerk Office and Monona Chamber of Commerce have all received a variety of homemade face masks that have been shared with their local grocery stores and handed out to those at risk, especially elderly customers. More donations, such as these masks pictured above being worn by Veterans Memorial Hospital staff members, are still needed in an effort to help keep the community healthy. Submitted photo.

Waukon Economic Development, Lansing City Clerk Office, Postville City Clerk Office and Monona Chamber of Commerce have all received a variety of home-made face masks that have been shared with their local grocery stores and handed out to those at risk, especially elderly customers. More donations are still needed in an effort to help keep the community healthy.

Masks can be dropped off at the following locations:

· Waukon Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development Office (place in tote at front door between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  M-F)
· Lansing City Office (place in tote at front door between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. M-F)
· Postville City Office (Place in tote in front of police station door anytime)
· Monona Chamber of Commerce (place in drop-off slot in front door anytime).

Wed
29
Apr

Rapid COVID-19 testing will soon be available for long term care facilities only

Waukon is one of the cities in Iowa that has received the Abbott ID Now instrument for rapid COVID-19 testing from the State of Iowa. This machine will only be used for testing in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and residential care facilities within a 30-mile radius of Waukon. These tests must still be ordered by a provider or the State of Iowa Epidemiologist. Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon received the machine because testing is not widely available in this area.

These tests are designated to be used for high priority specimens requiring rapid result and when action will be taken based on the results in these facilities. At this time, this machine will not be used for any other reason than testing at the above facilities.  The current COVID-19 tests for people outside of these facilities are still sent to the State of Iowa or Gundersen Health Center for results.

Wed
29
Apr

Blood in high need during COVID-19

The need for blood does not stop, especially during COVID-19. Blood is currently in high demand, so local blood drives will continue to be held. Life Serve team members only report to work if they are healthy and only healthy donors are eligible to give blood.

Blood drives are essential medical services and not considered mass gatherings. The number of donors is limited to ensure donor separation and staff has strict cleaning and disinfection schedules. Other measures are also in place to ensure the safety of the blood supply so these lifesaving donations can continue during COVID-19.

The next local blood drive will be held Thursday, May 7 from Noon to 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.

Wed
29
Apr

Caregiver Support Group to hold conference calls during COVID-19

The regular Caregiver Support Group meetings held monthly at Veterans Memorial Hospital have been canceled due to the COVID-19 virus. However, this support group is now being held through conference calls. Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) is offering weekly Caregiver Support Group conference calls every Monday from 10-11 a.m.

To join a call, just dial 1-800-264-8432. Then enter the participant code 961847#.  You will then be connected to the support group conference call, joining other caregivers in the meeting.

Wed
29
Apr

Memorials received by Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Irene Stock by Randy and Karen Loeb, Stephanie and Eric Palmer, Ed and Edith Nowicki, Ron and Nancy Brandt, Darlena Herman, New Century Club, Linda and Jerry Siegrist, Elsa Hager, Dr. Bill and Libby Withers, Shirley Colson, Lee and Rachel Moser, Dean and Lynn Sorenson, Joan Moody, Dr. David and Suzanne Hahn, Theresa and Ron Snitker, Bob and Marilyn Bulman, Orrin and Nan Grangaard, Bobbi Jo and Kollin Berg, Ardys Kuhse, Nancy Sprecher, Roger and Jeanette Ruegnitz, Jane Dietrich, Patsy Kerndt, Shirley Schneeberger, Dave and Laurie Martin and the family of Irene Stock.

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