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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

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

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


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

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

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

Dig in – it’s Restaurant Week!

Thirty-six local restaurants are participating in the fourth annual Restaurant Week, Aug. 19-28. The metro area’s top chefs will create special fixed-price menus for the week; you’ll pay only $25 for two lunches or one three-course dinner. For the list of restaurants, head on over to DsM Magazine. You’ll not only feast on some delish dishes, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

We all have a stake in this storm

Our planet is getting old, and I’m not talking about the ground below our feet: According to a 2007 report by the National Institute on Aging, in 2006, almost 500 million people worldwide were 65 and older. By 2030, that total is projected to increase to one billion – one in every eight of the […]

— Barb Boose

Need inspiration? Here’s just the ticket

Among the bravest people in the world are those who endeavor to reach the top of Mount Everest and those who battle cancer. An event in Des Moines this Thursday, Aug. 18, will feature the amazing stories of both. In 2010, Charlie Wittmack launched the World Triathlon, in which he swam the English Channel, bicycled […]

— Barb Boose

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

Up, up and away

“Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you long to return.” - Leonardo da Vinci   Take flight at the 42nd annual Indianola Balloon Classic, July 29- August 6. Events kick off on Friday evening with a 5k road race followed by […]

— Nicole Branstad

Feast in the wild!

This is a fun event at the Blank Park Zoo this weekend – a food festival amongst their adorable animals! Feast in the Wild is a family event and is included with zoo admission price or free to zoo members, only cost is food and drinks. Come get your eat on!

— Courtney Tompkins

One more reason Des Moines rocks

I know it’s Wordless Wednesday here at Dose of DMU, but news today deserves comment: Forbes has declared our fine city the best place in the nation for young professionals. Forbes columnist Morgan Brennan states, “The Iowa state capital has a higher concentration of big businesses (1 for every 568 residents) than any other city […]

— Barb Boose

The final summer

As we come down to the last med-school-free week of our summer, my fellow DO’14s and I will soon resume our busy lives as second-year medical students. With boards awaiting us at the end of this coming year, it’s a distinct possibility that this will have been our last truly free summer before starting our […]

— Nathan McConkey