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Day on the hill

Tomorrow some of our students will be providing blood pressure and BMI screenings at the state capitol, 1-4:30 p.m. They’ll be in the Rotunda on level one. At 1 p.m. they’ll get to chat with Gov. Branstad. The visit coincides with this week’s “D.O. Day on Capitol Hill,” a national movement to educate policymakers about […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Tunes at the Temple

Have you been to a show at the Temple for Performing Arts downtown? It’s gorgeous and such a great venue for a concert! The Civic Center has a series running there right now you should check out. Live at the Temple has a variety of artists lined up through May. There’s three more this year, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: healthy banana bread

One of my fave blogs had this healthified banana bread recipe recently and I’m looking forward to trying it: High Protein Banana Bread by Espresso&Cream 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed 5 tablespoons butter, melted 1/3 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt 35-40 grams vanilla-flavored protein powder 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cub brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Great pass rates!

In 2010, Des Moines University’s podiatric medicine graduates had a 96 percent pass rate on the American Board of Podiatric Surgery board certification exam.The national average was 73 percent. Between 2003 and 2009, the average national pass rate was 80.3 percent. For DMU graduates it was 90.3 percent. “This is a test administered after completion […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Can you run a mile?

One of our PA students is a finalist in Wellmark’s Whip It 180 challenge! Angela Nelson is now training with Rebecca Meyer from “The Biggest Loser” to get yourself on a healthy track. She wants to get herself in shape so she can help her future patients live healthful lives. We support her and know […]

— Courtney Tompkins

LACE UP: It’s walk/run season!

As the flowers peek through, the calendar starts to fill up. There are SO many fun outdoor activities. Here’s a few coming up for great causes…. April 2, DMU is the host site of the annual AIDS Project’s 5k walk/run. Be warned, it’s hilly! April 2, this isn’t a run/walk but sounds fun…  Couture for […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: roasted asparagus

Spring is here and that means it’s time for fresh veggies! Yay! The first you’ll be seeing at farmers’ markets or local gardens is probably asparagus. This is an easy way to cook them: The Barefoot Contessa’s roasted asparagus - from FoodNetwork.com 2 pounds fresh asparagus Good olive oil Kosher salt, plus extra for sprinkling […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Kids’ fair April 30 will share free fun, education about healthy lifestyles

Obesity is a growing problem for America’s younger generation. Obesity leads to chronic disease, reduced activity, decreased lifespan and a multitude of health problems. Des Moines University students don’t want that to happen to local kids so they created Mission: Active, a health fair for kids, debuting April 30. “A healthful, active life is so […]

— Courtney Tompkins

43 days…

until the first downtown farmers’ market!! That means warmer weather, flowers and fresh produce ahead! May 7 is the first one and I’ll be there! What’s your favorite feature of spring or summer?

— Courtney Tompkins

March 22 Health Career Explorer Post 141 meeting cancelled

The 7 p.m. meeting of Health Career Explorer Post 141 at Des Moines University has been CANCELLED for tonight, March 22. Because the meeting was scheduled to be at Mercy Medical Center to tour the helicopter, impending bad weather has forced a postponement. The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on April 12, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Learn about women's health in a community education course!

Physical therapy can be very helpful in treating women’s health issues. Libby Trausch, D.P.T., from our Physical Therapy Clinic will be teaching a class for the community on April 28 about how it can help. “Bones, Bottoms & Balance” is a two-hour program, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the DMU Olsen Medical Education Center, 3200 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Learn about women’s health in a community education course!

Physical therapy can be very helpful in treating women’s health issues. Libby Trausch, D.P.T., from our Physical Therapy Clinic will be teaching a class for the community on April 28 about how it can help. “Bones, Bottoms & Balance” is a two-hour program, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the DMU Olsen Medical Education Center, 3200 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A benefit for the Red Cross in Japan

Yoshihiro Ozaki is a second-year osteopathic medicine student. He is a delightful student from Japan. I’ve been lucky enough to meet him and hear him play with the DMU chamber orchestra. He sent the following message around to a few folks on campus and I’d like to share it with you: As you know, Japan […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: chewy fruit & oatmeal bars

I always tend to snack more and crave treats on the weekend so I’ve been looking for healthier things to have available. This one sounds really yummy! I’d swap in applesauce for the oil and omit the salt. The flour could be swapped to make it gluten-free and the dairy items could be switched for […]

— Courtney Tompkins