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Des Moines: my security blanket

Based on crime, extreme weather, natural disasters, house depreciation, foreclosure rate, air quality, threat of terrorism, environmental risks, life expectancy and job loss numbers, Des Moines was rated the SECOND most secure U.S. place to live, among metro areas of 500,000 or more, according to Farmers Insurance Group. This is an annual survey using data […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Get welts to help wee ones!

DMU has teamed up with Variety-The Children’s Charity to host a new annual event: Dodgeball Derby @ DMU. If you’ve ever played dodgeball or seen the movie “Dodgeball,” you know this event will be fun. And when you consider that costumes and themed-teams are encouraged, you can imagine the riot this will be. Variety is […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Good eats

So, didja eat anything yummy over holiday break? Check this out: Metromix lists the top 100 restaurants in central Iowa, per 17,000 votes! Any of your favorites make the list? Any you are surprised by their ranking?

— Courtney Tompkins

Happy HOWL-idays

Our campus is closed today so I’ll keep it lighthearted as I imagine most people are busy today… So if you have a few minutes, enjoy these videos on our site. These lil puppies bark you a holiday greeting:

— Courtney Tompkins

Baby, it’s cold outside…

…so stay indoors where it’s toasty warm & watch some Christmas videos! (If you’re reading this via email, click here to view on our site so you can actually see the videos!) First up, a few renditions of “Baby it’s cold outside,” one of my fave Christmas songs. The first one is Selma Blair & […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: cranberry walnut muffins

I’ve never met a muffin I didn’t like, but despite their relatively healthy appearance I know that a big bakery muffin (you know the ones I’m talking about, the cakey ones with the big pieces of granulated sugar sprinkled on the top) can have just as many calories as a glazed donut. So, this recipe […]

— Andrea Cooley

Pass the potatoes at holiday dinners, not the flu

Today’s post is a health public service announcement: Seasonal flu will soon be arriving in our community. Even if you have been vaccinated against the H1N1 virus you need to protect yourself against seasonal influenza. If you have not been vaccinated against seasonal influenza you still have time, before the holiday travelling and festivities begin, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Wash, wash, wash your hands!

So today I thought I’d share some fun public health videos as a (somewhat gross) reminder to keep your germs to yourself… (if you’re reading this post on email, click here to our site to see these videos!) Here’s a parody-d song about having the flu:

— Courtney Tompkins

Budgeting

I don’t know about you, but around this season with sales and massive advertising, I can’t help but want to shop for myself. I was at the Goodwill store yesterday to drop off some donations (I’ve finally said good-bye to the deep fryer) and thought it would be fun to browse through the kitchen stuff. […]

— Tea Nguyen

An insider’s perspective

I like this series called “fresh view” by local photographers of what they like in central Iowa. Check out Andrea’s awesome work! Please share your favorite photos of beloved Des Moines haunts here or on DMU’s Facebook page! Did you see the new winter photos of campus I posted on our Facebook page? This photo […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: Zesty broccoli casserole

My new favorite source for healthy recipes is Cooking Light. This Zesty Broccoli Casserole is going on my list of dishes for Christmas dinner. Even if you’re not a big fan of broccoli, who can resist a cheesy casserole? I’ve also added this recipe for Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies to my must-try list. What’s your favorite […]

— Andrea Cooley

OMG, Santa is real!

Ok, maybe not so much but my prayers have been answered and I am Kindle-ing! Best gift ever! Any recommendations on books I should read? I like humor, nonfiction and medically-related stories like Oliver Sacks stuff. On my queue is David Sedaris “Me Talk Pretty.” I’m also trying to catch up on oldies but goodies […]

— Tea Nguyen

Oh, the weather outside is frightful…

…But the DMU library’s so delightful. I know that’s what you’re all singing, cozied up to study hard! As I’m sure everybody in Iowa knows we are in the middle of some chilly weather. To get the latest on early closing or cancellations, visit our home page or tune into local news on TV or […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Best bang for the buck

Happy Monday, ya’ll!!! Hope you all had a great weekend, stayed cozy and are ready for another week. The Des Moines metro area ranked #4 on Forbes’ new list of best cities for an affordable lifestyle! That’s good to know when you consider moving here to attend DMU. Another new great report…. Iowa has 2 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: chicken barley chili

It’s officially cold in Des Moines (no snow yet though). That means I’m looking for hearty recipes. I’ve never used barley in a recipe before–but it’s an ingredient in beer, so I figure it can’t be that bad. I’m hoping to try it this weekend. Has anyone cooked with barley? Any recommendations or favorite recipes? […]

— Andrea Cooley

Fun & festive things to do

I love the holidays and plan to share lots of fun holiday events over the next month. Everyone seems cheerier, the lights are lovely and there’s many community events. I personally celebrate Christmas but would love to share events related to any holidays so please send me a message or leave a comment if you […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Magic Bullet-approved salad dressing

Does freshly made honey basil salad dressing sound yummy to you? Wait until you try it! I got this recipe from attending the Holistic Medicine Club’s presentation, “Living Raw with Sheree Clark.” Although I can’t really say I’m all about the vegan diet, this dressing sure makes me want to give it a try. Check […]

— Tea Nguyen

The pink glove dance

Medline has a new line of exam gloves that are pink for breast cancer awareness. For each case purchased, they donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Well the creative staff at St. Vincent Medical Center in Oregon put together a video to promote the gloves. You have to see this cute video (if […]

— Courtney Tompkins