Friday recipe: wild rice salad

When my family hosted a Japanese high school student recently, we had a great time introducing her to American foods she came to love, most notably Sunchips, Cinnabon cereal and peanut M&Ms. (I promise we fed her lots of healthy foods, too.) In turn, she introduced us to dried seaweed, miso soup and delicious soba […]

— Barb Boose

Grandstanding at the fair

I can’t wait for the corn dogs, butter cow sculpture and people watching, but many others head to the Iowa State Fair for the show-stopping concerts.  This year is no different, and the Iowa State Fair Grandstand act tickets go on sale this Saturday, April 30th. Get ‘em while they’re hot!   Grandstand line-up: Thursday, August […]

— Nicole Branstad

Health care fix: “smoke the whole pack”

Finally, just a few days ago, I at last managed to complete the last class for my master’s of public health degree here at DMU. This explains why I haven’t posted in a while – it’s been tough working on two professional degrees at once. I figured that I ought to make it up to […]

— Nathan McConkey

Bust out the bike

With warmer months ahead of us, and a long cold spell behind us, it’s time to hit the trails! It is now easier than ever to get to a local bike trail here in Des Moines and make your way to a number of different destinations. New maps of the central Iowa trail system have recently […]

— Nicole Branstad

Friday recipe: “healthified” monkey bread

My daughter is a monkey bread maniac. Who can blame her? Gooey, brown-sugary, buttery – all good. Well, except for all the calories and fat. Just in time for Easter brunch, Eat Better America offers a “healthified” monkey bread recipe that has 57 percent less fat, 61 percent less saturated fat and 32 percent fewer […]

— Barb Boose

Easter fun!

On Saturday, 9-12, there’s a free Easter egg hunt downtown in Gateway Park with inflatables, face painting and other fun! Beginning at 9 AM on Saturday, there will be a nature egg hunt at Four Mile Community Center. Look-a-like eggs found in nature will be hidden amongst colored eggs and nature themed prizes will be […]

— Courtney Tompkins

SOS to feed students Saturday

Significant Others Support (SOS), the organization for spouses and significant others of students attending Des Moines University, is hosting its last Feed the Students event for the year this Saturday, April 23, at 9 a.m. in the SEC Commons for second-year medical students who are participating in the Kaplan study course. SOS will offer baked […]

— Michael Drnec

Earth Day every day

Earth day is coming up this Friday, April 22 – how do you plan on celebrating? Here are a few ideas for you: Give back to the environment by cleaning up a public area, and celebrate the many benefits of trees by assisting the Polk County Conservation staff plant trees in Easter Lake Park. They […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Celebrate National Osteopathic Medicine Week

Sunday, April 17, marked the beginning of National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week! Through April 23, members of the osteopathic medical profession come together to focus on one common goal—increasing awareness of osteopathic medicine and D.O.s in communities across the country. The American Osteopathic Association suggests these three ways you can contribute to NOM Week: Take […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: spicy lentils and tomatoes

I can’t say that I love to cook (although I’ll bake brownies any day of the week), but I do love healthy recipes that are full of flavor. This spicy lentil and tomato combo is my go-to recipe when I want to stock my fridge with a reheatable side dish or easy work-week lunch. In […]

— Barb Boose

Art that’s good for you

Art can be fun, beautiful, shocking, educational and enlightening. According to the Society for the Arts in Health Care, art is also good for our health – so inject some into your world by catching the art sale at Drake University today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Pomerantz Stage in Olmsted Center, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Bring on the popcorn & peanuts!

Tomorrow is opening day for the Iowa Cubs! YAY! Bring on the ballpark eats and sunshine, I’m ready for some baseball! The game is at 7:05 p.m., gates open at 5:30 and the first 1000 fans get a free magnet schedule. They’re planning post-game fireworks too. The I-Cubs is such a fun DSM tradition and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

It’s been great…

I love DMU and have enjoyed my 5+ years here but tomorrow* is my last day here! I’m off to a new challenge and I’m very excited. I’ll be the social media/PR manager for NatraTurf and I’m really excited about the opportunity. But I will, of course, miss all of you, my lovely readers and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Spring cleaning and buying

Got some stuff to get rid of this season? I found this amazing blog that lists where your goods can go, for the good of someone else. My favorite places are usually the Salvation Army or a local place I volunteer at, the Catholic Worker House, depending on the stuff I’m getting rid of. There […]

— Tea Nguyen

Friday recipe: no-oil cornbread

Today you’re getting a cornbread recipe for no reason other than cornbread sounds really good to me today! Random, I know. As a kid I thought cornbread was disgusting. Now I think it’s so yummy and I follow my mom’s habit of adding a yellow cake mix. NOT healthy. So here’s a healthier version. I […]

— Courtney Tompkins