Fireworks for the Fourth

List of all fireworks displays & events in Des Moines and surrounding areas: Des Moines: Yankee Doodle Pops will be held tomorrow, Friday, July 1 at 6:30 pm by the Des Moines Symphony at the Iowa State Capitol Grounds. Enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth at Living History Farms this holiday weekend from 11 a.m. to 5 […]

— Nicole Branstad

Jazz in July

Metro Arts Jazz in July is a month-long festival that celebrates jazz and art with free outdoor concerts across Greater Des Moines. Each year, interested jazz musicians apply to be a part of the series. The selected list includes returning musicians from Central Iowa and national acts with Iowa ties. Each concert is a mini-festival […]

— Nicole Branstad

An ounce of prevention

An ounce of prevention, Benjamin Franklin said, is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to our health, we could use many ounces of prevention. Obesity, diabetes and heart disease, just some of the health problems that plague us, eat up millions of American health care dollars, yet in many cases these costly and […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: tantalizing tempeh and chickpea curry

David Spreadbury, Ph.D., chair of the biochemistry and nutrition department, and Joy Schiller, director of DMU’s Wellness Center, teach a very popular healthy eating elective in the Wellness Center kitchen. These two heroes of health also periodically offer lunch-hour cooking demonstrations and discussions, such their session this week on incorporating plant-based dishes in one’s diet. […]

— Barb Boose

One painterly professor

You read in the blog about this weekend’s Des Moines Arts Festival, a veritable visual feast not to be missed. Making the festival even better is “the other art show,” the ArtFest Midwest, also this weekend in the air-conditioned Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. ArtFest Midwest is especially special to DMU, because […]

— Barb Boose

Des Moines Arts Festival

Here in Des Moines we are so lucky to have such a thriving creative and artistic community and the culmination of of this group of people happens annually at the Des Moines Arts Festival. This year’s events start Friday and run through Sunday. The Des Moines Arts Festival features 185 of the nation’s top professional artists […]

— Nicole Branstad

Reach out and T.O.U.C.H. someone

Like most osteopathic medical schools, Des Moines University participates in a national volunteer recognition program called T.O.U.C.H. I completely forgot what that acronym actually stands for, but the idea is that T.O.U.C.H. is a system designed to reward students who go above and beyond the requirements of their curriculum and use their time in medical […]

— Nathan McConkey

Friday recipe: pork tenderloin with chimichurri sauce

One of my many blessings in life is the fact I’m married to a guy who loves to garden and cook. It’s a heavenly combination, especially this time of year, when our garden and local farmer’s markets begin offering seasonal treats. Another heavenly combination: melding herbs and spices in recipes to tickle your tastebuds without […]

— Barb Boose

Good for you, good for veterans

Some time ago, Des Moines yoga teacher Ryan Esdohr learned about the Wounded Warrior Project, a program that started as a way to provide comfort items to wounded service members and has since grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to back to civilian life. Compelled to […]

— Barb Boose

Ready for zombie attack?

I’m a big fan of “Shots,” and, no, not the kind tossed back in one’s you-should-know-better years – it’s National Public Radio’s health blog. I was particularly amused by reporter Scott Hensley’s post earlier this spring about the plan the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued for dealing with a zombie apocalypse. The CDC’s […]

— Barb Boose

PA presentations: from atherosclerosis to sugar substitutes

DMU’s physician assistant Class of 2011 will return from their rotations this month for their final 25th-month activities. They include presentations of their master’s degree projects, and it’s an impressive list! On June 13-16, class members will share their investigations on topics ranging from tobacco cessation and osteoporosis to hypertension, hormone therapy, aching joints and […]

— Barb Boose

They’ve seen the light

I’m talking about the light at the end of their DMU tunnel: A week ago, DMU graduates and their families and friends reveled at the annual campus picnic in celebration of Saturday’s commencement. We talked with some of the happy grads about their plans, their favorite DMU memories and their advice for new DMU students.

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: tempeh reubens

Are you a vegetarian, a vegan, a pescetarian or a flexitarian? Not sure? Vegetarian Times has your answer: The self-proclaimed “world’s largest collection of vegetarian recipes” provides these definitions of dietary categories. Vegetarians eat no meat, fish or fowl Vegans eschew all animal products, including meat, fish, fowl, eggs, dairy products, and (this last one […]

— Barb Boose

Pridefest

This weekend is the annual PrideFest here in Des Moines. The event celebrates the importance of gay culture in the Midwest through various activities including a Pride Scavenger Hunt on Friday night, Street Party Saturday night with live music, competitions and entertainment, and concludes with a pancake breakfast and parade on Sunday morning. Over the […]

— Nicole Branstad

The calm in the storm

While the new class of talented and eager P.A. students has already begun their first year at DMU, we D.O. students are enjoying a much needed break in our training as our summer gets into full swing.  As we all step out into the real world for the first time in months (on the second […]

— Nathan McConkey

Good news about our health

Amid the often depressing news about our individual and collective health (obesity rates expanding! diabetes on the rise! heart disease through the roof!), I find it comforting to be reminded of what’s going right or getting better in health care. I’m frequently reminded by DMU students, faculty and alumni, who are passionate about great patient […]

— Barb Boose