News You Can Use – July 6th, 2011

Today’s News You Can Use has a little bit for everybody: tips on utilizing space, resources,   and free sports physicals for youth. Keep on reading for full info.


The Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity ReStore updates their Facebook page with repurposing, recycling, and decorating ideas every week. It is a great time to be outside, so we thought you might get a kick out of some tips for utilizing and decorating your outdoor space, borrowed from the ReStore’s Facebook page. Enjoy.


Visiting Nurse Services(VNS) has a great resource guide for Des Moines. It is filled with pages upon pages of who to contact in case of nearly any issue could think. And it’s not just medical connections. We think everyone should know it is out there, and since the printing costs for getting out to all of you – not to mention the shipping – would require much more than any small organization could afford in a fiscal year, we are providing the link to this tome of great resources free of charge.


And last is one for the kids, well more for there parents who have to pay their medical bills:

Middle school and high school students/athletes from Des Moines and surrounding areas can receive a free school or sports physical on July 30 at Des Moines University.

Des Moines University (DMU) has offered free sports physicals to local children for years. This year the school will provide free physicals on Saturday, July 30, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., in DMU’s Medical Education Center, 3200 Grand Avenue in Des Moines.  In addition to educational information on health topics, the event will also include free EKGs, and ECHOs if indicated.  Other optional services offered this year include dental screenings and mental wellness checks. All services are free.

“We know annual health screenings are important and not everyone can afford one. We love giving local families peace of mind that their child has been checked for serious health risks,” explained Melissa Wilder, director of community relations.

The EKGs and ECHOs are pain-free screenings of the heart that take only a few minutes tocomplete.  Certified cardiologists will read the results and any unusual findings will be reported for follow up with the child’s physician.  Sudden death due to heart problems is rare in young athletes, estimated at one in 200,000.  Our goal is to reduce this risk even further by screening before the sports season starts for potential cardiac problems, including other abnormalities that are much less serious but still important for athletes to be aware of.

Students must bring a completed parental consent form and completed physical history forms with them.  These forms can be downloaded from All students should wear shorts and t-shirts for the exam to make it easier to do the physical.  Females should wear a sports bra.

If you have any questions, please visit or call 515-271-1041 for more info.