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Don’t blame the bird

The turkey is often cited as the culprit in after-dinner lethargy, but the truth is that you could omit the bird altogether and still feel the effects of the feast. Turkey does contain L-tryptophan, an essential amino acid with a documented sleep inducing effect. L-tryptophan is used in the body to produce the B-vitamin, niacin. Tryptophan […]

— Nicole Branstad

10th Annual East Village Holiday Promenade

Tomorrow marks the return of the Holiday Promenade – one of the most popular events in the Historic East Village. This year’s 10th anniversary event will feature free horse and carriage rides, boutique shopping, caroling and store events from 5 – 9 p.m. There will also be fireworks again this year, and they will begin […]

— Nicole Branstad

Winter market

Stock up for the holidays with poinsettias & holiday ornaments and much, much more at the Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market starting this Saturday and Sunday, Nov 19-20. Located within Capital Square, the Downtown Farmers’ Winter Market allows you to stock up for holiday meals, parties & gift giving. Along with this will be a wide variety […]

— Nicole Branstad

Interprofessional Education Day

This afternoon all first year clinical students and DMU faculty will be participating in the first annual Interprofessional Education Day here on campus. The goal is to introduce students to the concept of collaborating with other health care professions who the students may or may not consider to be part of their everyday team. The students […]

— Nicole Branstad

A spook-tacular time

The goblins will be haunting and the monsters will mash, it’s time to get ready for our Kiddie Halloween bash! Join us tomorrow in the SEC Commons for a little pre-Halloween fun. Bring your cute kiddies all decked out in their costumes for a dress rehearsal for the weekend event. Only difference is we provide a […]

— Nicole Branstad

Uncork a cure for cystic fibrosis

Once again this year Des Moines University will host the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s annual Wine Opener event Friday, November 4. from 7 to 10 p.m. Sample fine wines and beer & savor great cuisine from Des Moines’ hottest eateries all for a great cause. To buy tickets, head to http://iowa.cff.org/wineopener, or they can be purchased at the […]

— Nicole Branstad

Pumpkin pride

Fall is in full swing and if you are looking for something to do this weekend to get you in the mood, a trip to a local pumpkin patch might be just right! Howell’s – A family favorite, they have pony rides, goats, a corn maze and tractor rides. They also have a gift shop […]

— 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