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Friday forum promises food for thought

Iowa’s status as a major food producer for the world involves entities and issues ranging from individual eating habits and public health policies to food safety and the environment. Check out a chance to explore the many challenges and opportunities of food processing in Iowa tomorrow, Friday, at a public forum presented by the Iowa […]

— Barb Boose

Let’s play some football!

When Des Moines University celebrated its centennial in 1998, students creatively created a fun event to mark the occasion: They invited students of nearby Drake University Law School to play a football game. The “Malpractice Bowl” has been held every year since and will again occur this Saturday, Oct. 29, starting with the women’s game […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: gazpacho

For some reason, my husband’s tomatoes were late this year, so although it’s October, I’m just now getting my fill of one of my favorite all-time concoctions, gazpacho. I was getting ready to make a batch last week when I came across an interesting feature about Joel Salatin, a third-generation family farmer from Virginia who […]

— Barb Boose

“Questions are the answer”

My parents are of the generation that, when told something by their doctor, they usually don’t question it. Understandably, they believe that with all the education and credentials physicians have, whatever they say must be right. Questioning one’s doctor, however, is a very good idea, says the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Part […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: apple crisp

The weather in Des Moines has been gorgeous lately, the trees are showing their beautiful fall colors and the local apple crop is rolling in. I love going to local orchards for fresh-picked Honey Crisps, Jonathans and all the other varieties they grow. While the healthiest way to enjoy apples is eating them right off […]

— Barb Boose

The war that changed the nation and medicine

This year marks the beginning of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. During the four-year conflict, approximately 625,000 people lost their lives, a number that exceeds the number of American soldiers who have died in all the other wars the nation has fought in since, combined. That incredible carnage and tragedy also sparked the […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: channa masala

I made the mistake earlier this week of getting sucked into the website for this weekend’s World Food Festival in Des Moines – a mistake because my mouth began watering, my food fantasies ran wild and I was for some time distracted from what I should have been doing. With optimum weather in the forecast, […]

— Barb Boose

Celebrate PA Week!

Today marks the beginning of National Physician Assistant Week, celebrated annually to support, highlight and recognize the significant impact of physician assistants in health care. According to the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the week is “an opportunity to promote public awareness of the PA profession and to salute the outstanding growth of the […]

— Barb Boose

Oh, how sweet the sound!

We believe DMU students are extraordinarily talented, but for many that goes far beyond academics. For example, Yoshi Ozaki, one of our osteopathic medical students, is also principal cellist with the the Des Moines Community Orchestra – and he will blow your hair back on Sunday, October 9, at the orchestra’s fall concert. Yoshi will […]

— Barb Boose

Learn how elite athletes maximize performance

Want to learn how the cardiovascular system works during exercise and how it responds to exercise training? Want to explore the unique “features” that allow elite athletes to attain world-class performance? Then mark your calendar for tomorrow night’s Cafe Scientifique at the Science Center of Iowa: Julia Moffitt, Ph.D., associate professor in DMU’s department of […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: curried quinoa and cabbage salad

I’m like food author Mark Scarbrough in that 1) I endeavor to eat “real” food (i.e., foods that are not processed or injected with fat, sugar and sodium, but yet that are highly flavorful and satisfying) and 2) I like to make dishes that will last me several meals. He and Bruce Weinstein published the […]

— Barb Boose

How “Burger Palace” Bobby shed 10 pounds

As difficult as it can be to shed unwanted pounds, I’ve always thought it would be even harder for professional chefs. Surrounded by luscious foods that demand you taste them and having to create and try new dishes sound like irresistible temptations for most people. But Food Network celebrity chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay, creator […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: sriracha-cha-cha sweet potatoes

If you follow the Friday recipe blog at all, you know what hot-and-spicy foods addict I am. I’m not too proud to admit, for example, that I’ve sauteed vegetables in the juice from a jar of jalapenos. In my opinion, it’s a rare food that can’t be improved with a squirt of Tabasco and several […]

— Barb Boose

Cancer summit Oct. 3-4

Each year, the Iowa Cancer Summit brings together representatives from health care, academia, public health and the private sector, along with cancer survivors, caregivers and others, to provide a dialogue on best cancer control practices across Iowa. This year’s summit will occur October 3-4 at the West Des Moines Marriott. Seats and a limited number […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: honoring Latino heritage

This weekend, in addition to enjoying the Beaverdale Fall Festival, you can relish the great cultural, artistic and even culinary offerings of Iowa’s ninth annual Latino Heritage Festival,this Saturday and Sunday downtown on the Locust and Walnut street bridges. Explore the diversity and rich cultural nuances of Latin American countries in the festival’s cultural booths, […]

— Barb Boose

MPH networking event Sept. 15

Public health professionals work to enhance the health of populations and communities. A campus event this Thursday, Sept. 15, starting at 5 p.m. in the Student Education Center, is designed to help build a community of people interested in public health: Des Moines University’s Master of Public Health Student Club will host a Networking Night […]

— Barb Boose

Do a downward-facing dog

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has designed September as National Yoga Month, a “national observance and grass roots awareness campaign to inspire a healthy lifestyle.” I’ve enjoyed yoga classes in DMU’s great wellness center and, let me assure you, yoga will make you very “aware” of your physicality. In a good way! […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: roasted eggplant with cilantro yogurt

I’ve talked on the blog before about the “Meatless Monday” campaign, a nonprofit initiative of The Monday Campaigns in association with the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. Its goal is to encourage people to cut out meat once a week to “improve our health, reduce our carbon footprint and lead the world in […]

— Barb Boose

Going bananas!

Many scholars think it was what got Adam and Eve kicked out of the Garden of Eden. It’s wreaked havoc in nature and among laborers on plantations in Central America and beyond. Today, Americans eat more of them than the number of apples and oranges combined: Yes, the humble banana is all this and more […]

— Barb Boose

Let Des Moines entertain you

I hope that all DMU students and employees will celebrate Labor Day by remembering the social and economic contributions of American workers while also taking a little break from textbooks and labs. But don’t forget to have some fun, too: Des Moines offers a wide variety of fall activities that will enlighten, entertain and energize […]

— Barb Boose