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Iowa's Physician Shortage; Omaha Tribe Promotes Healthy Living; Holistic Health Fair

This week on The Exchange, we confront Iowa's doctor shortage and take a look at some local efforts to promote healthy living.  

We also hear about a new youth orchestra program put together by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.

And we talk with Russ Wooley about a new play at Lamb Regional Theater that will be presented through Saturday, May 22nd. 

The physician shortage is something that Dr. Richard Olds has been dealing with for several years. Olds s an educator, physician, and administrator who is  the President of St. George’s University  which has a medical school in Grenada.  Olds says the shortage of doctors is a two-fold problem. 

Dr. G. Richard Olds
Yoga at the Siouxland Holistic Health and Wellness Fair

Siouxland Public Media also explored health this week by attending and sponsoring the Siouxland Holistic Health and Wellness Fair at the Siouxland Expo Center on Sunday afternoon. 

Siouxland Holistic Health and Wellness Fair

Young people are invited to take part in a 3 on 3 basketball tournament this Saturday in Macy, Nebraska. The event is sponsored in part by the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska to encourage kids to get active and stay healthy.  Dwight Howe is the cultural director of the tribe. 

Dwight Howe
3 on 3 Basketball Event in Macy

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Lamb Arts Regional Theater has never stopped operating, educating and entertaining Siouxland residents and those far away. Using a combination of safe, mask-required, socially distanced live audience performances and live streamed performances, Russ and Diana Wooley have preserved and reached out to a whole new group of theater goers. This week Thursday through Saturday, Lamb Theater is putting on a one act play called “Bakersfield Mist. Russ Wooley is the Artistic and Managing Director of Lamb Theater.  I talked to Russ about the play, the theater’s live and live-streamed performances and their progress in renovating their future location on Pearl Street in downtown Sioux City.

Bakersfield Mist

Russ Wooley Lamb Arts Regional Theater

The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra announced this week a new tuition-free youth orchestra program called the Sioux City Symphony Youth Orchestra. Auditions run from May 18 to May 24, and rehearsals begin in September. All interested young musicians are invited to audition. 

The Symphony has partnered with Bishop Heelan Catholic High School for rehearsals, which will be held Saturday mornings. Two onstage performances will be held at the Orpheum Theatre.   The Symphony’s music director and conductor Ryan Haskins says the organization has always had a focus on music education.

Ryan Haskins, courtesy of ryanhaskinsconductor.com
Ryan Haskins talks about the youth orchestra project

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