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Friday Recipe: Pumpkin Dip

This recipe is simple and seasonal–which means I will definitely be making it soon! It would be a great appetizer for Thanksgiving, but I don’t think I can wait ’til then to try it. Serve with graham crackers, gingerbread cookies or fruit. Yum! Ingredients: 1 can pumpkin 1 box sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding 2 tubs […]

— Andrea Cooley

Frantic…YES I AM!

Today is a special day for all of us third-year podiatry students. It is the day our clerkship applications open up and letters are being sent out to request a month for a clerkship of our choice. However, it’s not always our choice because many programs take only a few students so we worry about […]

— Tea Nguyen

Light the night

People tell me walking is good for me but sometimes I don’t believe them. (Walking up those three flights of stairs each day to our PA classroom never feels too good when I nearly stop breathing!)However, when I am told to walk to help out people in need…I’m all about it. Heck I may even […]

— Daley Dodd

DMU literary journal to raise awareness for World Health Organization

The third annual edition of Abaton, Des Moines University’s literary journal, will be available at World Food Prize (WFP) events this year. This issue bears a global health focus with submissions from alumni, staff, faculty, students and the public. It also contains work by Ambassador Kenneth Quinn from the World Food Prize and Dr. Mario […]

— Courtney Tompkins

It’s a good time to be a physical therapist

If you’re looking for a new career (as many Americans are these days), you might want to consider physical therapy. BusinessWeek ran a special report [link now removed] online about the soaring demand for physical therapists. We’ve heard for years that the baby-boomer generation is getting older and living longer, and we’ll need more healthcare providers […]

— Joshua Kvinlaug

Quality health care in Iowa

Did you know your quality of health care depends on where you live? Here’s the map that shows the rankings of states — Iowa is #2 healthiest, behind Vermont.  YAY! Is it the fresh air? Friendly people? Access to fresh fruit & veggies? What about Iowa do you suppose helps our health?

— Courtney Tompkins

Warm a heart; help someone in need

The DMU Community Service Committee initiated a regular food drive on campus this summer (maybe you’ve seen the shopping carts in various buildings?) and recently added a collection box on each floor. To the right you’ll see a photo of the Academic Center’s 4th floor box. It’s fairly full (you can’t see the cans behind […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Reorganizing academic priorities

It’s so easy to blow off an entire day after an exam… only to regret that I wished I had more time to study other things. Currently, my academic priorities include podiatric medicine, podiatric research and public health. What I know for certain is that my podiatric career comes before the other two. Sometimes I […]

— Tea Nguyen

Fond memories of fall break

VACATIONS ARE FABULOUS! Free time is not something I know much about since we started school.  However, the first week of September was our “fall break.” I’m pretty sure it wasn’t even fall yet but I won’t complain about time with friends and a week of minimal studying. I spent the first part of the […]

— Daley Dodd

Friday Recipe: Whole-wheat banana bread

Who doesn’t love a warm slice of banana bread? This is a great recipe to try if you want a low-fat, whole-wheat version. Ingredients: 1/3 C vegetable oil (use applesauce instead to make it even healthier) 1/2 cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 C mashed bananas (2 or 3 bananas) Tip: When […]

— Andrea Cooley

Physician Assistant Week

October 6-12 is National Physician Assistant Week. Physician Assistants are a vital part of our health care system. Remember to thank them for what they do both this week and in the future. As part of PA Week, DMU PA students will be offering blood pressure screening at Valley West Mall Saturday October 10, 12-4 […]

— Andrea Cooley

Simple pleasures: chocolate milk!

Of course I can write a whole blog about chocolate milk. This one is particularly special because it covers my three basic needs of milk. 1) Affordable: I got this carton at Hy-Vee for $0.99 and if you go on a Wednesday, the health market items are an additional 10% off. 2) A milk alternative: […]

— Tea Nguyen

Spooky times

It’s October already & that means there’s some spooky fun to be had! I can’t believe it’s October already!!  Get out the caramel for your apples and the goodies for lil goblins! Here’s a few Halloween-y events coming up I thought you might enjoy…

— Courtney Tompkins

International art exhibit coming to Des Moines

Des Moines University is excited to bring Art 4 Health (A4H) to Iowa. A4H is a traveling art exhibit launched by the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland to increase awareness of global women’s health issues and promote the message that underprivileged women everywhere can work to overcome their circumstances. The exhibit includes paintings of […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Cheap night out for the family!

A couple specials caught my eye today and they’re both for this Thursday. Combine ‘em for a nice family night out for decently cheap! Hy-Vee is having an all-you-can-eat-for-$1 chili dinner Thursday, 4-7 p.m. This is at all Des Moines-area stores. Also, if you have picky eaters in your bunch, they will also have hot […]

— Courtney Tompkins

White coat makes us official!

That’s right, the PA class of 2011 is OFFICIAL! Well I don’t know how official a white coat really makes me at this point in my education…  but it for sure makes me feel like I could rule the world.

— Daley Dodd

Healthcare, a buzz word

The hottest topic of recent debate is President Obama’s focus on some version of a universal health care system. There’s no doubt that the current health system needs a fix but the challenge is how do we fix it? I have no clue but fancy this idea: a paradigm shift in the American attitude towards […]

— Tea Nguyen

New national global health consortium of universities includes DMU

The number of students enrolled in global health programs in universities across the United States and Canada has doubled in the past three years. That’s led American universities to expand these programs at an unprecedented rate. The surge also led more than 50 North American universities – including Des Moines University (DMU) – to create […]

— Courtney Tompkins

International delights!

YAY!!!!  If you know me you know how much I love to eat & I love outdoor community festivals. Combine them into a FOOD FESTIVAL and you’ve won my heart. One of my FAVORITE outdoor festivals is next weekend – the World Food Festival! There’s great entertainment, cooking demos and you can learn about non-profit […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A post for a rainy day

What to do in this dreary weather? Bundle up with a good book, that’s what! My new book just came in! “Shattered Silence” is a true story about the daughter of a serial killer. It’s about her life and how she dealt with this horrendous past. I expect it to be an awe-inspiring book. Have […]

— Tea Nguyen