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Quitting smoking takes time. But did you know that your body can benefit from quitting after just 20 minutes without a cigarette?

After 20 minutes – Heart rate drops.  After 12 hours – Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal 2 weeks to 3 months – Heart attack risk begins to drop. Lung function begins to improve. 1 month to 9 … Continue reading

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Partnership Hosts a Workshop on Securing Your Retirement – Using Social Security Strategies

The Healthy Altoona Partnership is hosting a FREE Workshop on Secure your Retirement Using Social Security Strategies at the Altoona Library on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. This workshop is made possible through a collaboration with our … Continue reading

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Support the Fitness for Food Fundraiser Hosted by Altoona East Coast Tae Kwon Do

Help Support the 6th Annual Fitness for Food Fundraiser hosted by East Coast Tae Kwon Do – East Coast Students are gathering sponsors and for every dollar the sponsor donates, the student pledges to perform 4 exercises for each dollar. (Last year … Continue reading

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Partnership Hosts Healthiest State Walk

Mark your calendars and join us at the Healthiest State Walk at Noon on October 5, 2016. This is an easy and fun 1 k walk. This event takes less than an hour and it is a great way to … Continue reading

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Join the Community Conversation on Suicide Prevention Strategies

The Healthy Altoona Partnership Steering Committee members spent our February meeting talking about the tragedy of suicides in our community. It was a very emotional and needed conversation. It is a topic that many of us avoid thinking or talking about. … Continue reading

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Don’t Let the Holiday Madness Get You Off Track – 2016 Change 3 Challenge – Join Now

It’s that time of year that I call holiday madness. The stress goes up and up. Now is actually the perfect time to join the Change 3 Challenge and get yourself set to get back on track or try something new in 2016. Continue reading

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Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Last year, a participant at the annual Central Iowa Survivors of Suicide Loss event wrote this afterwards:  It was excellent.  It was nice to know there are others who have lived through/thought/done the same things I have. This free event … Continue reading

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Join in on the Altoona Fall Fun!

Altoona has several major events planned for this fall that you can’t miss out on! Mark your calendars and join in on the fun. Read all about the events Continue reading

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Words of Wellness

     Your extension connection to nutrition and fitness The Hype about Coconut Oil Many claims tout the health benefits of coconut oil, including weight loss, cancer prevention, and Alzheimer’s disease. So far the scientific evidence does not support these claims. … Continue reading

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Keep Food borne Illnesses Away from your Summer Celebrations!

Article by Nola Aigner, Health Educator/Public Information Officer, Polk County Health Department As the month of  July brings us beautiful weather, we want to enjoy it by having picnics grilling out, or having celebrations with family and friends. Before you … Continue reading

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