And we’re back…

…with a few extra pounds from the holiday good eats. Feels like I ought to detox or something because, man, do my hips jiggle when I run. I think I’m going to do the protein shake thing for breakfast this week. Any suggestions on brands? I do like the chocolate Carnation Breakfast Essentials with soy […]

— Tea Nguyen

When choosing a neighborhood…

If you’re from out-of-state trying to decide where to live when you move here for DMU, check out zipskinny.com to learn a bit about different areas. Here’s the Des Moines University zip code page. It lists average age, sex and race demographic info, based on census, compares the area to other zip codes, gives school […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Best careers for 2010

There’s never been a better time to start a career in health care! U.S. News and World Report ranks physical therapists and physician assistants as two of the best careers in 2010. Physical therapists typically work in a hospital, clinic or private practice and work with a variety of patients. Employment is expected to increase […]

— Andrea Cooley

Anatomy word of the month: achilles tendon

The Achilles tendon attaches major calf muscles, the gastrocnemius and soleus, to the calcaneous (heel bone). Achilles was a famous Greek warrior whose mother was one of the immortals, but he was not. His mother sought to protect her son by dipping him in the River Styx, which was believed to have magical powers. She […]

— Bill Dyche

Student research spotlight: Crystal Filippelli

Crystal first became interested in research during her undergraduate education at Drake University. Her sophomore year at Drake she began a summer internship at Des Moines University and worked with Dr. Strom on DNA microarray analysis of Runx1 and Runx2 overepressing cells. She continued research with Dr. Strom through the rest of her undergraduate education […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Shannon Petersen

Petersen is an assistant professor at Des Moines University in the doctor of physical therapy program. She is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and a Certified Manual Physical Therapist. Petersen is currently a fellow in the Manual Therapy Fellowship program at Regis University where her focus is evidence-based orthopaedic […]

— Seth Stevenson

Friday recipe: Healthy dips

Happy New Year! Ring in 2010 with one of four healthy dip recipes (roasted red pepper, bean, chunky southwest and sweet potato) from the marketing and communications office. Yum! Roasted Red Pepper dip by Julie Probst 1 cup mayo or vegan mayonnaise 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated 12 oz can/jar of artichoke hearts, unmarinated 1/8 […]

— Andrea Cooley

Des Moines: my security blanket

Based on crime, extreme weather, natural disasters, house depreciation, foreclosure rate, air quality, threat of terrorism, environmental risks, life expectancy and job loss numbers, Des Moines was rated the SECOND most secure U.S. place to live, among metro areas of 500,000 or more, according to Farmers Insurance Group. This is an annual survey using data […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Get welts to help wee ones!

DMU has teamed up with Variety-The Children’s Charity to host a new annual event: Dodgeball Derby @ DMU. If you’ve ever played dodgeball or seen the movie “Dodgeball,” you know this event will be fun. And when you consider that costumes and themed-teams are encouraged, you can imagine the riot this will be. Variety is […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Good eats

So, didja eat anything yummy over holiday break? Check this out: Metromix lists the top 100 restaurants in central Iowa, per 17,000 votes! Any of your favorites make the list? Any you are surprised by their ranking?

— Courtney Tompkins

Happy HOWL-idays

Our campus is closed today so I’ll keep it lighthearted as I imagine most people are busy today… So if you have a few minutes, enjoy these videos on our site. These lil puppies bark you a holiday greeting:

— Courtney Tompkins

Baby, it’s cold outside…

…so stay indoors where it’s toasty warm & watch some Christmas videos! (If you’re reading this via email, click here to view on our site so you can actually see the videos!) First up, a few renditions of “Baby it’s cold outside,” one of my fave Christmas songs. The first one is Selma Blair & […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: cranberry walnut muffins

I’ve never met a muffin I didn’t like, but despite their relatively healthy appearance I know that a big bakery muffin (you know the ones I’m talking about, the cakey ones with the big pieces of granulated sugar sprinkled on the top) can have just as many calories as a glazed donut. So, this recipe […]

— Andrea Cooley

Pass the potatoes at holiday dinners, not the flu

Today’s post is a health public service announcement: Seasonal flu will soon be arriving in our community. Even if you have been vaccinated against the H1N1 virus you need to protect yourself against seasonal influenza. If you have not been vaccinated against seasonal influenza you still have time, before the holiday travelling and festivities begin, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Wash, wash, wash your hands!

So today I thought I’d share some fun public health videos as a (somewhat gross) reminder to keep your germs to yourself… (if you’re reading this post on email, click here to our site to see these videos!) Here’s a parody-d song about having the flu:

— Courtney Tompkins

Budgeting

I don’t know about you, but around this season with sales and massive advertising, I can’t help but want to shop for myself. I was at the Goodwill store yesterday to drop off some donations (I’ve finally said good-bye to the deep fryer) and thought it would be fun to browse through the kitchen stuff. […]

— Tea Nguyen

An insider’s perspective

I like this series called “fresh view” by local photographers of what they like in central Iowa. Check out Andrea’s awesome work! Please share your favorite photos of beloved Des Moines haunts here or on DMU’s Facebook page! Did you see the new winter photos of campus I posted on our Facebook page? This photo […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: Zesty broccoli casserole

My new favorite source for healthy recipes is Cooking Light. This Zesty Broccoli Casserole is going on my list of dishes for Christmas dinner. Even if you’re not a big fan of broccoli, who can resist a cheesy casserole? I’ve also added this recipe for Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies to my must-try list. What’s your favorite […]

— Andrea Cooley

OMG, Santa is real!

Ok, maybe not so much but my prayers have been answered and I am Kindle-ing! Best gift ever! Any recommendations on books I should read? I like humor, nonfiction and medically-related stories like Oliver Sacks stuff. On my queue is David Sedaris “Me Talk Pretty.” I’m also trying to catch up on oldies but goodies […]

— Tea Nguyen