Posts by Nicole Branstad

Third Annual Global Health Conference: The Challenges of Global Aging

Tomorrow marks the Third Annual Global Health Conference here at Des Moines University presented by our global health department, the Heartland Global Health Consortium and Pioneer. This year’s focus is on “the challenges of global aging.” Through a series of speakers we will discuss those challenges and identify steps on how to address them as […]

— Nicole Branstad

Iowa’s healthiest state initiative

According to the 2010 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Iowa is #19 in the nation when it comes to being physically, emotionally and mentally healthy. As a state we know we can do better, so we plan to claim the #1 spot by 2016. This initiative to be the healthiest state in the U.S. kicks off next […]

— Nicole Branstad

Fall fun runs

With the temps dropping along with the leaves, now is the perfect time to hit the streets and enjoy an outdoor run among the fall foliage. Here are a few fun runs coming up over the next couple months. OCTOBER Fight for Air Walk: 1 Mile Walk, 3 Mile Walk or 5K Fun Run from Principal […]

— Nicole Branstad

Inaugural week events

The actual inaugural ceremony is scheduled for this Saturday, but there are all sorts of events taking place throughout the week in celebration of our 15th president, Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D. We hope you can join us on campus to take part in a variety of opportunities to learn, network and promote preventive health […]

— Nicole Branstad

BFF

One of our neighboring neighborhoods (say that 10 times fast) is having a festival this weekend, and I think you should go! Now, I may be a bit biased since this was the neighborhood I grew up in, but I highly recommend you check out the Beaverdale Fall Festival. Things kick off tomorrow evening with […]

— Nicole Branstad

The bazaar is back!

East Village Sunday Bazaar returns this weekend on September 4 for nine weeks! The kick-off this weekend will coincide with the HyVee Triathlon and will be from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Take a stroll down East 5th and you’ll find that special treasure you’ve been looking for. Listen to live music, enjoy food from fabulous […]

— Nicole Branstad

Even more fresh local food

Starting tomorrow Downtown Des Moines will have a new way to spend their lunch hour when the Downtown Farmers’ Market – Wednesday Market opens. The new six-week market will be held on Wednesdays, Aug. 31 – Oct. 5, 2011 in Western Gateway on Thirteenth Street, between Grand Avenue and Locust Street, in Downtown Des Moines. […]

— Nicole Branstad

Ingersoll Live

Des Moines University is sponsoring this weekend’s street festival, Ingersoll Live! Bring the whole family out to celebrate Your Ingersoll this Saturday, August 27th 2 p.m. – 11 p.m. All of the fun is located between 28-29th Street on Ingersoll and activities include: 2:00 pm Isiserettes 2:30-8:00 pm Family activities, inflatables, small rides, Dahl’s Kids Zone, […]

— Nicole Branstad

Nothing compares

It’s that time of year again – time for the greatest state fair around! Of course I am talking about the Iowa State Fair – what else? Today marks the start of the fair and it runs until Sunday, August 21. Fondly known as one of the 1,000 places you must see before you die, […]

— Nicole Branstad

Is fro-yo for you?

You may have noticed a few frozen yogurt shops poppin’ up around town lately in the latest fro-yo craze. Maybe because it’s been so hot and all you can think about is enjoying something cold? It’s not like frozen yogurt is a new thing though. Many of us have fond TCBY memories from days of […]

— Nicole Branstad

Devour Des Moines

Even though the registration period is over for the race this Saturday, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write about this crazy event that will be taking place downtown. Devour Des Moinesis an eating/triathlon event to raise awareness for buying local food and living an active lifestyle. All proceeds will go to the […]

— Nicole Branstad