Really large prostate

Wendy Ballou, cancer nurse navigator at the Genesis Cancer Care Institute, looks over the enlarged prostate model that measures 12 feet long, 12 feet wide and 10 feet tall. It will be on display at Genesis on Sept. 15.

Genesis offers prostate display

A display to prompt awareness of a common health issue for men will be on display Sept. 15 at the Genesis Cancer Care Institute, in the lobby of Pavilion 1 at Genesis Medical Center-West Central Park, Davenport.

A prostate model measuring 12 feet wide, 12 feet long and 10 feet tall will be on display from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The goal is to remind men not to neglect their urological health.

In addition, September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. It is estimated that one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime.

CASI fundraiser blends comedy, brews

It’s “Laughs on Tap,” Sept. 17 at the Center for Active Seniors, Inc., or CASI. The fundraiser mixes comedy and improv from Comedy Sportz, and local craft beers, as well as appetizers. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The schedule is 5:30 p.m., Brews & Heavy Apps; 6:30 p.m., Draughts & Heavy Laughs. Proceeds benefit Jane’s Place, the center’s adult day care facility.

The center is located at 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport. In addition, there is a falls prevention screening, “Stand Up to Prevent Falls” on Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. These are among the many events during September, National Senior Center Month. The phone at CASI is 563-386-7477 and the website: casiseniors.org

Grants fund insurance navigators

Genesis Health System was awarded two federal grants to assist in enrolling Quad-City area residents in insurance coverage for 2015-16, during the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, enrollment period.

Genesis received $118,631 and $79,181 in Iowa and Illinois, respectively. Counties served will be Scott, Clinton, and Jackson in Iowa, and Rock Island and Mercer in Illinois.

"These grants will help us reinforce our commitment to the communities we serve in making sure they have access to health care coverage," said Michele Cullen, community health manager at Genesis.

The open enrollment period is Nov. 15 to Feb. 15, 2016. To speak to an enrollment navigator about coverage options, call 563-421-3675 or e-mail, enrollment@genesishealth.com.

Amy’s Gift sponsors healthy eating presentation

The Quad-City organization that promotes healthy eating patterns, Amy’s Gift, sponsors a special event Sept. 23 at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, Bettendorf.

Dr. Michelle May, recovered as a “yo-yo” dieter, is author of “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat,” a book that advises people on "mindful eating," and on how to break the cycle of eat/repent/repeat cycle. May will conduct a book-signing from 6-6:30 p.m., make a presentation from 6:30-8 p.m., and conclude with a second book-signing, 8-8:30 p.m.

Proceeds fund efforts to increase awareness of eating disorders in the Quad-Cities.

To register, contact Amy’s Gift by e-mail, info@amysgift.com, call 309-779-3077, or check online: michellemay-amysgift-publicevent.eventbrite.com

Foot race to benefit children’s health

A foot race to benefit children’s physical and emotional health is planned Saturday at Prairie Heights Park in Davenport. The Genesis Health System event includes a one-mile fun run and walk at 8:30 a.m., and a 5K race at 9 a.m. The park is located off 53rd Street and Eastern Avenue, Davenport.

Proceeds benefit Camp Genesis, a free summer camp for the children with family members fighting cancer, for seasonal free influenza shots given throughout the region, and the needs of the Genesis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Trinity Pediatrics clinic opens in Moline

The UnityPoint Clinic for pediatric patients is now open in Moline. The new facility is at 600 John Deere Road, Suite 308, and the clinic is staffed by Dr. Vikram Agrawal. Patients can schedule appointments at 309-779-4700. Clinical interests include: childhood obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, asthma and ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Healthy, Happy Families Fun Day in October

A new event created to foster community health awareness, “Healthy, Happy Families Fun Day,” is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Quad-City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island. It is sponsored by Healthy Happy Families Foundation, Mickle Communications, Q-C Family Focus and Genesis Sports Rehabilitation. One highlight is a fitness challenge for area students, high-school teams of four who compete in athletic events. Other activities include food tastings, health screenings and a bounce house for children.

‘Welcome to Medicare’ meetings set

Some 4,000 Scott County residents will turn 65 years old in 2015, and a group of volunteers is standing by to help them enroll in Medicare.

Members of the Senior Health Insurance Information Program, or SHIIP, of Iowa saved $15.3 billion for residents in 2014, as they helped residents learn about the federal program and make more informed choices. Two-hour presentations are planned at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 and Nov. 10, at the Center for Active Seniors, Inc., or CASI, Davenport. There are also several phone numbers to call, for those who want one-on-one consultations: Genesis Health System, 563-421-1096; CASI 563-386-7477; The Friendly House, 563-323-1821; Milestones Area Agency on Aging, 800-892-9085 and Community Health Care, Inc., 563-336-3169.

Individuals who turn 65 enroll in Medicare from two months before, to two months after their birthdays, according to Jerry Stanger, a SHIIP volunteer. There also is an “open enrollment” period of Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, and that is for those people interested in the Medicare Part D, or prescription drug program, or in the Medicare Advantage programs.


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