As area schools have begun a new year, so too have local Cub Scout Packs. To kick-off the new program year, many area Cub Scout packs will be holding “Pack Parties” to welcome new members. However, if you and your son are unable to make it to the local Cub Scout Pack’s sign-up night, don’t worry, there is still plenty of time to get involved.
According to testing performed by the State Hygienic Laboratory, the Department of Public Health (IDPH) says more than 150 people with pertussis (whooping cough) have been reported so far in 2012. This is a 121 percent increase over the number of cases reported at this time in 2011. The actual number of cases is probably much higher, because more adults with pertussis are not diagnosed or reported. While children ages 5 to 14 years make up the bulk of reported cases, it’s important to note that adults are considered the primary “spreaders” of the disease.
AMES — Iowans are lacing up their sneakers to begin Live Healthy Iowa’s The Next Step Challenge. So far, nearly 5,000 Iowans on 881 teams have committed to the six week challenge encouraging increased physical activity and positive lifestyle change.
Teams will track their steps using a pedometer and their Live Healthy Iowa personal online tracking page. Registration will remain open through Sept. 21 so rally your friends, family and coworkers to participate by taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle today!
Iowa’s youth are at risk. Approximately one in three children (31.7 percent) under age 5 is considered overweight or obese, which is slightly higher than the national average of 30.5 percent. A number of factors contribute to this issue, including lack of physical activity and low fruit and vegetable intake.
Due to excessive heat and little to no precipitation throughout the last few weeks, Montgomery County rural areas are extreme to critically dry.
As a precaution to all residents in Montgomery County in this "tinder box" condition, which is not only effecting Montgomery County but the entire state, the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency has polled all Fire Chiefs to implement a burn ban for Montgomery County.
The Montgomery County Animal Rescue and Shelter will host its annual “Make an Offer” garage sale Saturday, Oct. 6, along with a bake sale. Funds from the garage sale will benefit shelter operations while funds from the bake sale will go toward a projector to be used for volunteer training. To donate items for the sale, call Jan Black at 370-0336.