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Bring in the New Year with a Fresh Start

PEPPERMINT_CAKE_BEAUTY_205.tifTake a fresh approach to quitting tobacco with the Quitline Iowa Program. You don’t have to wait until the New Year to get started. Planning ahead and enrolling now can help you successfully prepare for your quit date.

When you enroll, a trained Quit Coach® will help you create a plan that’s tailored to your specific needs and lifestyle. Together, you’ll identify the personal triggers and barriers that keep you from quitting. One-on-one phone sessions with your coach will give you the tools and encouragement to overcome the physical and emotional barriers that make it so hard to walk away from tobacco. Plus, you’ll receive smart tips and replacement strategies (suck on a mint instead of a cigarette) to cope with the cravings that keep you addicted to nicotine.

You’ll also get access to:

• Web Coach®, an online community where you can track your progress and connect with other participants and coaches for even more support
• An easy-to-use Quit Guide to help you stick with your plan
• Texting services that send you personalized text message reminders, tips and encouragement tailored to your quit.
Participating in the Quitline Iowa Program will give you the tools, knowledge and confidence you need to quit tobacco — of any kind — and make a fresh new start. You may even qualify for free nicotine replacement like patches, gum, or lozenges.

Don’t wait! Enroll today to set your quit date and start the New Year tobacco-free!
1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)


Give Yourself the Gift of Health this Holiday Season


The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration but it can also leave you feeling like a candle burning at both ends. It is easy to overextend yourself between work and home with year-end deadlines, family commitments, and shopping. Here are some tips from Shelby County Public Health to support your health this holiday season.

Holiday Health Tips:

1. Wash your hands to avoid getting sick and spreading germs.
2. Stay dry and dress warmly in layers, especially the young and old.
3. Manage stress. Get support from family and friends.
4. Travel safely. Don’t drink and drive. Always buckle up!
5. Avoid smoking and being around second-hand smoke.
6. Get vaccinated. Even healthy people can get sick and spread the flu. When more
people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.
7. Watch children closely. Children are at high risk for injuries when they’re eating and
8. Prevent Injuries. Use step stools when hanging ornaments and lights.
9. Avoid fires. Never leave fireplaces, stoves, candles, or generators unattended. Install a
smoke detector inside your home.
10. Eat with balance and moderation. Choose fresh fruit and vegetables, while limiting fats,
salt, and sugary foods.
11. Find fun ways to stay active, such as walking to view holiday lights. Be active for 150
minutes per week.
12. Get a good night’s sleep. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can
benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.

Winter Sports Safety


Winter Sports Safety Tips

The arrival of winter weather does not mean you have to stay inside.
Just remember to stay safe when you are out in the cold.  There are
many sports you can enjoy in the winter, including snowmobiling, ice skating, and hiking.


  • Dress appropriately when you are outside, in several layers of clothing so that you can take off a layer as the day warms up and add a layer as the day cools off.  Wear hats to keep heat in and sunscreen on sunny days just as you would in the summer.
  •  Many sports recommend that you wear safety equipment, such as helmets.  Be sure that you have the correct equipment for the sport and that it fits properly and is in good condition.
  • If you are new to skiing or snowboarding, take lessons prior to going out on your own.  Stay in a designated area and do not go out alone.
  • If you are sledding, choose a hill free of obstacles or ice, and go down feet first.
  • Children under that age of 16 should never operate a snowmobile and children under five should never ride a snowmobile.
  • When ice skating, do so in an area which has been approved for ice skating.  Know what to do if you fall through the ice.

Remember to be a good role model for kids; they learn their safety habits from their parents!

Here are some websites with more information:

Iowa Immunization Program Immunization Champion Award of Excellence

Immunization ChampionThe Immunization Champion Award of Excellence recognizes individuals or organizations who do an exemplary job and go above and beyond to promote or foster immunizations in their communities. Those selected are recognized for leadership, collaboration, innovation and advocacy surrounding immunizations.



• Leadership: An authority on immunization in the community, medical system, or
individual practice.
• Collaboration: Builds support for and increase immunization rates.
• Innovation: Uses creative and innovative strategies to promote immunizations.
• Advocacy: Advances policies and best practices to support immunization in the
community, state, and/or region.

Shelby County Health Needs Assessment Update

Every five years in Iowa, local boards of health lead a community-wide discussion about their community’s health needs and decide what can be done about them. A Shelby County community health survey has been developed and is open for the public to complete.  Public opinion is an important step in this planning process.  Your time and input is valued.

The goal of this survey is to gather public information in helping to identify the top issues and health problems affecting Shelby County and the area served by Myrtue Medical Center.  The survey will be used to identify and then develop plans to address the top problems and concerns of the community over the next five years.

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and help the board of health determine what is needed in Shelby County and to set priority by indicating the level of importance of these service needs.  Click here to take survey.  

For questions or to obtain a paper copy of the survey for yourself or your organization, please call Calla Poldberg or Liz Bissen at Shelby County Public Health at 712-755-4422.

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