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Feb 26

Celebrate Your Heart by Quitting Tobacco

American Heart Month is coming to an end, but it’s not too late to think about your heart health. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. However, heart disease, also known as coronary artery disease or CAD, is preventable and treatable. Smoking is a major […]

Dec 28

Worksite Wellness Efforts Gaining Ground

Mount Ayr and Diagonal schools are trying new menu items and continue to provide excellent physical education classes for students in cooperation with the Healthy Kids Act. What about the health of school staff? Students are more likely to believe in the value of health if they see their role models practicing it. Recognizing the […]

Dec 3

County Tobacco-Free Parks Featured in On-line Publication

Ringgold County tobacco-free parks were featured in the Fall 2012 edition of The Rural Monitor, an online publication of the Rural Assistance Center ( The article entitled “Smokers Butt Out in Iowa County” highlights the efforts of the Ringgold County Tobacco Coalition to encourage communities to adopt tobacco-free policies in their parks. The article talks […]

Aug 3

Protecting Kids From Breathing Toxic Chemicals

Secondhand smoke is a combination of the smoke in the air from a burning cigarette, cigar, or pipe and the smoke exhaled by a person who is smoking. Smoke-filled rooms have up to six times the air pollution of a busy highway. Secondhand smoke has been designated as a human cancer-causing agent by the U.S. […]