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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Recently we learned that childhood obesity is on a slight decline in Iowa and that is great news. But, it is important that we continue to promote a healthy lifestyle and help future generations become even healthier.

We encourage families to look at this as a “teaching moment.” This is a chance to commit yourselves to helping your children get into better shape, and as you do that, the whole family will get into better shape too! As parents, you can help your family move more each day and have fun with it. Eat right and move more; it’s that simple. Think about what your family can do to be active together. It doesn’t have to be expensive, start by taking a family walk! Check with the Parks and Recreation Department (515) 462-3258 and see what’s going on this fall!


Heather Back

Heather Back, D.O.

A native of Des Moines, Dr. Heather Back returned to central Iowa from an extended stay in Texas where she graduated in 2000, cum laude with degrees in Biology and Spanish from Texas Christian University and received her medical degree in 2005 from the University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. She completed her residencies at the Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth.

Dr. Back practiced for six years with the Weatherford Primary Care Clinic in Weatherford, Texas and for one year with Mercy East Village Family Practice and Urgent Care prior to joining the Health Trust Physicians Clinic team in 2015.

Dr. Back said it was her goal to return to central Iowa. She said, “I have always liked the Madison County area and when the opportunity came to return to this area we took it. I am especially pleased to join the staff of the hospital and clinic in Winterset. It’s a great facility and the staff is top-notch.” She added, “We look forward to our children growing up here and enjoying this wonderful area.” She and her husband have four children and live in rural Madison County.


Madison County Hospital, 
300 W. Hutchings Street,
Winterset, Iowa 50273

Health Trust Physicians Clinic, 
300 W. Hutchings Street,
Winterset, Iowa 50273

Earlham Medical Clinic, 
125 W. 1st Street,
Earlham, Iowa 50072