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Friday recipe: pomegranate compote

If you’ve never had a pomegranate before, go to the store and buy one. They’re in season right now, so you should be able to find them for $1 a piece or less. Even if you don’t make this recipe, it is worth the experience of cutting one up and trying the tangy seeds. They […]

— Andrea Cooley

Weekend plans?

It’s the last weekend before Christmas and there are all kinds of fun things going on in Des Moines. If you’re still finishing up your holiday shopping, don’t miss the Downtown Farmer’s Market Winter Market. It’s this Friday and Saturday, inside Capitol Square and at Nollen Plaza, Friday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Saturday, […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: baked potato soup

This is one of my go-to crock pot recipes. I usually have all the ingredients on hand and it only take 10 minutes to throw together in the morning. The best part is coming home after work with dinner ready! I found this recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, Iowa Girl Eats. You […]

— Andrea Cooley

Med school preview

Think you might be interested in a career in health care or know someone who is? Des Moines University’s Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars program – the DMU Health P.A.S.S. – is a great way for promising college sophomores and juniors to prepare for and enhance their chances of getting into medical school and other […]

— Andrea Cooley

Our P.T. students are the best!

Of course we think our physical therapy students are pretty great, so we weren’t surprised that everyone in the D.P.T. class of 2011 passed their comprehensive examination! Good luck on your final clinical internships. Think you want to be a physical therapist? Applications to the 3-year doctor of physical therapy program are due January 14! The […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: snickerdoodles

It’s officially the holiday season, which means eating healthy is twice as hard. I say a little fudge and eggnog in moderation is fine. If you’re looking for a less-sinful recipe, try this one for snickerdoodles from Cooking Light. These are only 54 calories per cookie. I think you deserve two! What’s your favorite holiday […]

— Andrea Cooley

World AIDS day

December 1 is World AIDS day. Wear red to show your support of AIDS awareness and recognize the millions living with HIV/AIDS as well as to remember those who have died. If you’re on campus, stop by the SEC Commons and pick up a red ribbon. Stay for a free presentation by the AIDS Project […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: green goddess dip

If you’re looking for a healthy appetizer for Thanksgiving or a holiday party check out this green goddess dip from Weight Watchers. It’s super easy – only 5 ingredients – and tasty on crackers, chips or veggies. Green Goddess Dip 2 cups fresh basil or cilantro leaves 2 cups fresh parsley leaves 1 cup chopped […]

— Andrea Cooley

Fireworks in November!

I love fireworks and shopping, so for me the annual Holiday Promenade in the East Village is pretty much a perfect evening. I can’t believe it’s this Friday already. The shops are open ’til 9 and many of them have snacks and hot drinks to share to help you get into the holiday spirit. There […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: sweet potato casserole

Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away and I’m already dreaming about my favorite dishes: sweet potatoes and turkey. I know I can eat them all year round, but usually I only have them around the holidays. The sweet potatoes at my family’s Thanksgiving are usually full of brown sugar and topped with marshmallows, which […]

— Andrea Cooley

We salute you!

Today is Veteran’s Day, a time when Americans honor our veterans. Come hear one of our own, Lt. Col. Shawn Nessen, D.O.’95, speaking on campus today at noon in the SEC auditorium (see a campus map). He will be talking about his experiences as a caregiver in the Army and what it’s like to do […]

— Andrea Cooley

Knock your socks off!

November is diabetes awareness month, and in honor of that, the American Podiatric Medical Association is sponsoring a video contest. The goal is to raise awareness about proper foot care for those who have or are at risk for diabetes. It is important to treat any complications from the disease early to avoid serious complications. […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: Slow-cooked minestrone

It’s slow-cooker season! I love coming home from work to a ready-to eat meal. I’ve never made minestrone before, but this recipe from BHG.com looks really hearty with all the beans and veggies. Yum! Slow-cooked minestrone 1 lb. boneless beef chuck, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 2 14-1/2-oz.cans  diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano (undrained) 2 14-oz. cans beef […]

— Andrea Cooley

Rocking rotations

I’ll admit, working at DMU and seeing our students and high-tech facilities on a daily basis may make us a little biased about how amazing they are, but here is more proof that it’s true. Kate Robbens, a third-year D.O. student shares her thoughts about how the first two years of the doctor of osteopathic […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: honey-soy broiled salmon

I love to order salmon in restaurants, but have only cooked it at home once – on the grill – so I’m not sure if that counts. The problem is, I have a fear of buying seafood. I know even in land-locked Des Moines you can still find good, fresh seafood, but I usually balk […]

— Andrea Cooley

A scoop a day

Second-year D.P.M. student Nettie Bartel writes about one of her favorite foods & shares the best places in Des Moines to satisfy your sweet tooth: There are some foods exceptionally superior to others that they deserve their own food group. For my family and I, it’s ice cream.  It was a part of any celebration […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: pumpkin pancakes

I’m continuing with the theme of pumpkin recipes for fall (see the previous pumpkin cupcakes & pumpkin cake) I’ll be honest. I don’t know how healthy this recipe is, but I figure it can’t be worse than regular pancakes, right? And pumpkin is good for you! Pumpkin pancakes 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder […]

— Andrea Cooley

Hands-on learning for physical therapists

The post-professional doctor of physical therapy (PPDPT) program at DMU can be completed entirely online, making it a great option for practicing physical therapists who want to advance their career. Some students come to campus for a weekend to take a manual therapy class dealing with the physiological, neurological and psychological aspects of manual therapy. […]

— Andrea Cooley

Summer research

Our students work both in and out of the classroom to become the best doctors they can be. Kyra Hammonds, a second-year doctor of podiatric medicine student, shares her experience doing research at Des Moines University: The DMU Summer Research Program is an excellent opportunity for students to explore their talents in the research world. […]

— Andrea Cooley

Friday recipe: rustic sausage and pasta

I’m running in the Des Moines half-marathon this weekend and looking for a hearty meal for Saturday night. Pasta is always a good option for tasty carbs and this recipe looks like the perfect combination of easy and healthy. I found this recipe on Live Healthy Iowa. They have lots of great resources for healthy […]

— Andrea Cooley