Author Archives: Terri Henkels

About Terri Henkels

Over 15 years of service in public health including Director of the Polk County Health Department until retirement. A Volunteer facilitating the Healthy Altoona Partnership.

Be the Architect of Your Health

Authored by Ana Coppola, MPH, Community Health Educator, Polk County Health Department What if there was an easy way to lose weight that guaranteed you showing up at the gym multiple times a week; make small, permanent changes to your … Continue reading

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Altoona Family Fun Fest Needs You

By Vern Willey, City of Altoona  The Altoona Family Fun Fest is a daylong event on July 11, 2015 at the Heritage Civic Plaza; starting at 7:30 am until 6 pm.   Volunteers are needed to make this event happen.  The event … Continue reading

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Halt the Salt and Save your Heart

Infographic by Terri Henkels

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Chase Away the Winter Blues by Renting Your Community Garden Plot Now!

There is nothing better during these cold gray Iowa winter days than dreaming about planting your own herbs, flowers and vegetables. If you don’t have a garden but always wanted one OR you used to garden but don’t have the space … Continue reading

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Women: Do you know your risk for heart disease?

By Nola Aigner, Health Educator/Public Information Officer, Polk County Health Department At age 21, having bad cholesterol or thinking about heart disease was the least of my worries. I remember sitting at my doctor’s office finding out that my cholesterol … Continue reading

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Altoona Participation in Live Healthy Iowa

The Healthy Altoona Partnership is encouraging citizens to take advantage of a special opportunity to get healthier during the 10 week Wellness Challenge sponsored by Live Healthy Iowa. Over the course of the ten weeks, teams of two or more people … Continue reading

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Join Live Healthy Iowa’s 10 week Challenge

Rally your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and sign up for the 10 week challenge that focuses on improved nutrition, physical activity and stress reduction. The Live Healthy Iowa challenge is an excellent supportive resource to the Change 3 Challenge. Sign Up … Continue reading

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Why Drink More Water?

The message to drink  at least eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day is not a new one.  So why is water so important? Because you reap so many health benefits it is unbelievable. That is why we have … Continue reading

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Mayor Proclaims Health Altoona Week January 5-11 2015

 Healthy Altoona Week January 5-11, 2015 Proclamation Whereas, in October 2014, the City of Altoona formed the Healthy Altoona Partnership to provide leadership in advancing the wellness of our community so every resident can achieve optimal wellness throughout their lifetime, … Continue reading

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Looking to Enhance Your Life for 2015? Join Altoona In The Change 3 Challenge

Join our community  Change 3 Challenge runs 12-29 – 4-5-15.  Make some lifestyle choices that will add value to your life for a lifetime! Note: It doesn’t matter where you live you can join us on our journeys. Click here to see … Continue reading

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