Friday, April 28, 2017

WOW7 offers four great bicycle routes ranging from 6 to 60 miles

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA – If you’re gearing up for The Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride (RAGBRAI) starting in Orange City this year, here’s a perfect training opportunity to help you get ready.

Bicyclists have four routes ranging from 6 to 60 miles
in the beautiful countryside of Sioux County, Iowa,
to choose from for the seventh annual Wellness on
Wheels Bicycle Ride (WOW7). This year's event is

planned for Saturday, June 3. Register by the
early-bird deadline of May 24 for a discounted rate.
The seventh annual Wellness on Wheels Bicycle Ride is slated for Saturday, June 3, as an official event of Sioux Center Summer Celebration.

Riders will have their choice of three paved routes ranging from 6 to 60 miles and a 30-mile gravel route for WOW7. The event, which is put on by Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center with the help of many great business sponsors, also includes a meal, great prizes and a complimentary event T-shirt.

“Bicyclists love participating in WOW every year,” said Derrick Vander Waal, public relations officer for Promise. “We have many riders who come back year after year to take part. They enjoy riding out on the open road together and swapping bicycling stories. We also get many new riders every year for this growing event.”

All four rides will start again this year at Children's Park in Sioux Center:

  • Participants in the 2016 Wellness on Wheels Bicycle
    Ride take a break and get refreshments at a welcome
    station in Hawarden, Iowa, before getting back on
    their bikes to complete their 60-mile trek. Three
    paved routes and one gravel route is planned for
    WOW7, which will be held on Saturday, June 3.

    A nearly 60-mile paved route will travel through scenic southwestern Sioux County through the communities of Hawarden and Ireton. Aid stations will be located in those towns to welcome riders and rejuvenate them with Gatorade, water and snacks before heading back out on the road. The ride will depart a half hour earlier this year at 6:30 a.m. and will feature a slightly different route.
  • A nearly 30-mile paved route will travel through rural Sioux County to Ireton, where one of the welcome stations will be located, before returning to Sioux Center. The ride will depart at 8 a.m.
  • A 30-mile gravel route will take riders on a large loop through rural Sioux County past some interesting features and will intersect with the Ireton welcome station before returning to Sioux Center. The ride will depart at 8 a.m.
  • A 6-mile Fun Ride will travel to Sandy Hollow Recreation Area and back on the Sioux Center Recreation Trail. A welcome station with refreshments will be located in an open shelter house halfway along the way to provide riders a place to stop on both the route there and back. The ride will depart at 9 a.m.

Four routes are being offered for the seventh annual
Wellness on Wheels Bicycle Ride (WOW7) on June 3.
The 60-mile route has been adjusted slightly this year, but it will still include the favorite features from past years. Nate Nykamp – an avid bicyclist, owner of Brothers Bicycle Shop in Sioux Center and WOW committee member who spearheaded the design of the routes – says bicyclists will enjoy it again.

“The route features some of the most beautiful and quiet roads that Sioux County has to offer,” he said. “High points include riding along the Big Sioux River and the lovely rolling hills of western Sioux County. Bring your climbing legs and be ready for a couple of screaming downhills.”

Riders also will enjoy the 30-mile route again.

“The shorter ride to Ireton is a good way for newer riders to get a feel for event riding,” Nykamp said. “Plus, it’s just a fun combination of roads to be on.”

He noted that gravel riding is becoming more popular all the time, so people might want to try out the 30-mile gravel route.

The seventh annual Wellness on Wheels Bicycle Ride
(WOW7) will start at Children's Park in Sioux Center.
The event, which is part of Sioux Center Summer
Celebration, will include a meal, prizes and T-shirt.
“Is riding 30 miles on gravel roads harder than 30 miles on paved roads? You bet it is,” Nykamp said. “But if it’s a challenge, it’s a beautiful one. Riders will see roads and places that they never knew existed, including the abandoned village of Fairview. In addition to seeing new country, I really enjoy riding without having to constantly worry about car traffic. It’s simply a more peaceful ride.”

If 30 or 60 miles are too much for the leisure bicyclist or a family with small children, they might want to ride the 6-mile trail that travels the countryside on the Sioux Center Recreation Trail to Sandy Hollow Recreation Area, a park managed by the Sioux County Conservation Board. The route also is perfect for families with small children. If they can't make it all the way to the park, they will be able to turn around at the welcome station that will be provided halfway. This year, that ride will be offered for free.

A meal featuring Casey's breakfast pizza will be served to all the riders when they return to Children's Park from their morning treks. Drawings for great prizes will be conducted. A complimentary moisture-wicking T-shirt will be given to riders participating in the 30- and 60-mile rides. Participants who register by the early-bird deadline of Wednesday, May 24, will be guaranteed a T-shirt in their size.

A 6-mile trail ride will be offered for free
as part of WOW7 on Saturday, June 3.
WOW not only is a fun, relaxing, outdoor activity that promotes wellness, but it also serves as an annual fundraiser for Promise. The health center provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision/eye and behavioral health care to patients – with a particular focus on serving underserved people and helping them overcome barriers that they face to health care.

“We have the mission of making health care accessible to all people – no matter their income level, ethnic background or life situation,” Vander Waal said. “We desire to care for the whole person, whether it be their physical condition or mental wellbeing. In doing so, we can help build a healthier community overall.”

The cost of the 30- and 60-mile rides is $25 per rider for those who register by the early-bird deadline of Wednesday, May 24. The cost will increase to $35 after that date. The 6-mile trail ride is free.

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision and behavioral health services. To learn more, visit and watch this video.

Bicyclists can register online for the Wellness on Wheels (WOW7) at Or, they can fill out and return a paper registration form. Forms are available at Promise Community Health Center, 338 First Ave. NW, Sioux Center, Iowa. A form also can be accessed online on Promise's homepage at or by clicking this link. For more information, call Promise at 712-722-1700 or email

Promise Community Health Center will put on WOW7 with the help of these generous sponsors: American State Bank, Northwest Bank, Peoples Bank, Primebank, Dordt College, First State Bank, Iowa State Bank, Isakson Chiropractic Health, Lewis Family Drug, Mane Attraction, Proactive Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab, Robin's School of Dance & Fitness and Sioux Center Chiropractic Wellness Clinic. The following businesses are donating prizes, materials or services to the event: Brothers Bicycle Shop, Casey's General Store, Fareway, Hy-Vee, McDonald’s and Walmart.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Promise CHC awarded $17,606 Susan G. Komen for the Cure grant

SIOUX CENTER – Women do not need to worry if they do not have the insurance or the money to cover the cost of lifesaving breast cancer screenings.

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center can offer them at no charge, thanks to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Siouxland Affiliate.
Emily Tuschen (second from left) and Nancy Dykstra
(second from right) of Promise Community Health
Center of Sioux Center receive a check for $17,606
from representatives of the Susan G. Komen for the
Cure Siouxland Affiliate during a grant ceremony
Tuesday at M's on 4th in Sioux City. The grant will
support Promise's Sister to Sister/Hermana a Hermana
breast health awareness and cancer prevention project.

The Siouxland Affiliate awarded Promise a $17,606 grant during an awards ceremony Tuesday evening in Sioux City during RACEfest, which marked the kickoff for the annual Komen Siouxland Race for a Cure. This is the sixth straight year that the Komen organization – which combats breast cancer through research, community education, and preventative care and treatment – has supported Promise’s Sister to Sister/Hermana a Hermana project. The new grant year began April 1.

The project’s goals are to increase breast health awareness and education and reduce the incidence of breast cancer in the region. Community outreach events and group sessions will be offered. Free mammograms and follow-up diagnostic procedures will be provided for women who qualify. Rides will be made available to screenings for those who lack transportation.

“It is such an honor to receive the Komen grant,” said Emily Tuschen, clinic manager for Promise and project director. “We are excited to partner with Komen Siouxland again and bring this back to our community. This grant allows Promise to promote breast health, including patient education, preventative care and diagnostics, making it available to women who might not be able to afford it otherwise.”

One of the breast cancer awareness events
that Promise presented last year was a
Pictures of Promise evening when moms
could get photos taken with their families.
A portion of the grant funding will be used for awareness and education efforts in English and Spanish about breast health and lifesaving screening opportunities in the target area of Sioux and Lyon counties. Community education events and small-group sessions will be arranged for women throughout the year. Partner organizations, such as Community Health Partners of Sioux County, Sioux County Latino Health Coalition and Health Services of Lyon County, will be instrumental in bringing groups of women together and assisting in those outreach efforts.

During well-woman visits, Promise’s providers will educate every woman between the ages of 40-65 about breast health, teach them how to do self breast exams, emphasize the importance of annual mammograms and provide clinical breast exams. Trained interpreters will be used to reach Spanish-speaking patients.

Promise also will schedule free mammogram screenings for women ages 40-65 who do not have health insurance coverage or are underinsured for that service. Sioux Center Health and Hegg Memorial Health Center Avera of Rock Valley will serve as locations for Promise’s participants to receive their mammograms. Free follow-up diagnostic procedures also will be provided to women who have abnormal screening results or breast cancer symptoms.

As another focus of the program, transportation will be provided to women who need it to initial clinical breast exams, mammograms and follow-up diagnostic services. Komen’s Siouxland Affiliate had identified transportation as a particular barrier for Lyon County women, who have a higher incidence rate for breast cancer. Promise’s outreach team will use its experience in arranging for transportation and its network of volunteers and partner organizations to provide those rides. The grant will provide mileage reimbursement to transportation volunteers.

One of the signature events of Promise Community
Health Center's Sister to Sister/Hermana a Hermana
project is the Pink Out Breast Cancer Awareness night
hosted with the Dordt College volleyball team during
October. Various educational and awareness activities
will be offered in Lyon and Sioux counties.

The Pink Out Breast Cancer Awareness night that Promise has co-hosted with Dordt College’s volleyball team has become a signature outreach event supported through the Susan G. Komen grant. That volleyball match will be during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Promise has been awarded more than $150,000 over six years through the grant program. In the first five years, nearly 300 women have received mammograms. If not for the grant, cost likely would have prevented many of them from being served.

“This grant is important to Promise because it directly affects so many of our patients,” Tuschen said. “Breast health is important, and this grant encourages and allows us to be proactive in care.”

Komen’s Siouxland Affiliate has granted more than $1.25 million over the past 11 years to organizations in a seven-county service area in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota to combat breast cancer. In addition to Promise, June E. Nylen Cancer Center of Sioux City was awarded a $44,970 grant this year.

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision and behavioral health services. To learn more, visit and watch this video.

Do you need transportation to breast cancer screenings? Or, are you interested in providing transportation for women to screenings?

If so, contact Jessica Mora, outreach coordinator for Promise Community Health Center, at 712-722-1700 for more information.

Mileage reimbursement will be provided for volunteers.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Seminar will inform crime victims of their rights on Thursday

SIOUX CENTER – Crimes have a big impact on victims and their families.

Often, victims become even more frustrated in the aftermath as they deal with legal and other matters because they are unaware of their rights.

But an event is being offered during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 2-8, to make victims more fully aware of their rights.

A free Crime Victim Seminar is planned for 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, April 6, at Sioux Center Public Library. The event is being put on by Family Crisis Centers based in Sioux Center in partnership with Centers Against Abuse & Sexual Assault and the Sioux County Victim Witness Coordinator. The FCC crime victim advocate located at Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is organizing the event.

Spanish interpretation of the seminar will be available via audio devices.

“We really just hope this will help people better understand what rights they have and how they can get ahead with their family in spite of the crime they’ve experienced,” the crime victim advocate said.

After opening announcements, five sessions will be offered:

9:15 a.m. – “Sex Crimes” presented by CAASA representatives.

9:45 a.m. – “The Criminal Justice System: An Overview” presented by Alison Kamp, Sioux County Victim Witness Coordinator.

10:15 a.m. – “Crime Victim’s Rights in Iowa” presented by Kamp.

10:45 a.m. – “Homicide and Violent Crime Survivors” presented by representatives of FCC’s Western Iowa Survivors of Homicide program (WISH Unit).

11:15 a.m. – Domestic Abuse Crimes presented by FCC crime victim advocate.

The event will be informal in nature, so people can come and go as they please. Coffee and donuts will be provided to participants.

Informational materials, most of which also are in Spanish, will be provided to participants for them to take home.

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision and behavioral health services. To learn more, visit and watch this video.

Promise Community Health Center staff are wearing bows with red and blue ribbons this week in support of crime victims in Iowa.

The red ribbon recognizes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 2-8.

The blue ribbon recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.