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Finding sustenance in the food desert

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"It takes driven community leaders to create the solutions necessary to tackle food security. As members of this community, we have to build it.” *Shannon Dobbs, Co-Founder, On Common Ground
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Lack of access to nutritious food in downtown Reno is affecting the health of area residents. Businessman Shannon Dobbs saw the struggle first-hand and decided to do something about it – he decided to create an accessible, nonprofit grocery store in Reno’s food desert.

How can you eat nutritious, affordable meals when the nearest grocery store is two miles away and you don’t have a car? That is the question that ate away at Shannon Dobbs during the 11 years he and wife Michelle owned a bar in downtown Reno.

As members of the downtown community, they watched friends and acquaintances who were downtown residents suffer without access to fresh, nutritious food — growing ill, getting chronic diseases and dying too young.

Get to know On Common Ground

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Wed, 01/22/2020 - 19:26

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Lack of access to nutritious food in downtown Reno is affecting the health of area residents. Businessman Shannon Dobbs saw the struggle first-hand and decided to do something about it – he an his wife decided to create an accessible, nonprofit grocery store in Reno’s food desert.

Connecting With Those Who Need It Most

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Submitted by tiffany_464 on Fri, 01/10/2020 - 16:34

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Catholic Charities organizes Project Homeless and Family Connect for 12th year
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"Many individuals or families who are either facing or experiencing homelessness need a connection to social services and programs that can help."
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On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Reno Events Center will transform into a hub where dozens of local service providers can help those facing homelessness find medical care, social services, housing aid, quality of life care and much more.

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Reno Events Center will transform into a hub where dozens of local service providers can help people who are facing homelessness, or who are homeless, find medical care, social services, housing aid, quality of life care and much more.

Held annually, Project Homeless and Family Connect brings those experiencing or facing homelessness together with free services. This effective, organized effort to coordinate services is part of a nationwide best practice and is held in more than 200 communities around the world each year.

Giving Off Good Energy — Meet Priya Dey-Sarkar

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Fri, 12/13/2019 - 12:42

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“You can make service part of your job no matter what it is. Whether it’s customer service, fixing drainage pumps for a large neighborhood, or preparing a climate resilience plan, there is always an opportunity to serve another human being.” *Priya Dey-Sarkar
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Priya Dey-Sarkar brings a lot of good energy to Northern Nevada, both in her work as an energy engineer and as a Bhakti yoga teacher.

As an energy engineer, and Bhakti yoga teacher, Priya Dey-Sarkar’s life may at first glance seem at odds with itself. But she only sees how connected it all is. “No matter what I do, I work with energy — helping it flow from point A to point B,” Dey-Sarkar explains.

Taking Her Best Shot at Community Health

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Mon, 11/18/2019 - 13:45

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“What is the right of an immunocompromised child? When you choose not to vaccinate, that choice affects others.” *Heidi Parker, Executive Director, Immunize Nevada
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As Executive Director of Immunize Nevada, Heidi Parker battles limited resources, misinformation and a vocal anti-vax movement to protect the health of our community and state.

When Heidi Parker was a new mother 18 years ago, her health plan didn’t cover all of her child’s vaccinations. But she was persistent and committed to ensuring her child’s health. Eventually she was able to get her son all the immunizations he needed at the Washoe County Health District.

Meet the Badass Lady Gang, Then Join Them.

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Mon, 11/18/2019 - 10:10

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"Running is for everybody and every body, and runners can be any and every shape, stride, color and pace." *America Davis, Co-founder Badass Lady Gang Reno
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The Badass Lady Gang is an inclusive women’s meet-up group focused on connecting and empowering women though running. If you don’t feel like or think you look like a runner, The Badass Lady Gang may be for you.

Emma Garcia-Rider and America Davis are serious runners. They’ve run the Reno Tahoe Odyssey — the infamous 178-mile relay race that starts in Reno and circles Lake Tahoe — six years, along with dozens of 5ks, 10ks and even a few marathons. Yet for many years they felt like outsiders. They never saw runners who looked like them, and they didn’t feel part of a running community.

So they started a gang.

Leading-edge AHN Program Helps Uninsured Nevadans Get Health Care

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Submitted by kpatriciabouwer... on Mon, 11/04/2019 - 00:25

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Community partnerships boost healthy programs
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“It’s kind of a big city, small town mentality; where partnerships, relationships still matter here, and this wouldn’t have worked without building partnerships and building relationships where everyone was in the same boat." -Trevor Rice, COO, AHN.
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Access to Healthcare is a nonprofit organization that works together with community stakeholders to make sure more Nevadans receive health care coverage, filling in the cost gap between traditional health insurance premiums and Medicaid or Medicare eligibility.

No longer.

No longer should a Nevadan have to see their child suffer with another painful sore throat and worry about how they will pay for the streptococcal-screen and needed medicine.

Get the Sleep of Your Dreams

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 10/07/2019 - 14:21

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Positive sleep practices, revealed
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First thing I coach people on how to get better sleep is to get the TV out of the bedroom! If you must screen time, then use blue-blocker glasses...because sometimes a movie after kids go to bed is also known as “date night.” ~ Carolyn D.
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What is sleep hygiene, and how does it contribute to a better night's sleep? Learn more, and also hear from locals as they give tips on positive sleep practices.

Want to know something totally sexy and awesome you can do every single night in order to be your most amazing self? 

SLEEP. 

Sure, it doesn’t sound sexy and awesome — but it is. In fact, it’s so sexy and awesome, there’s even a set of hygiene rules around it. Yes, hygiene

Good Elephant Yoga & T’ai Chi Classes Use ‘Pay As You Can’ Model

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Submitted by kpatriciabouwer... on Sun, 09/22/2019 - 00:46

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“I realized how many people were interested in coming to my classes, but they were too intimidated to come into the yoga studio." -Allison Reitz, CEO of Good Elephant
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GoodElephant.co connects yoga, meditation, and t’ai chi instructors with creative spaces — coffee shops, art galleries, community centers, parks, and other places — to offer ‘pay what you can’ classes to participants in an unintimidating, welcoming way.

Entrepreneurs often seek to start their own businesses with a market analysis and elevator pitch — on the other hand, Allison Reitz, CEO of Good Elephant, set out to solve three challenges unique to yoga instruction, and while she accomplished her goals just happened to create a new sharing-based company that has now expanded to four states and counting.

Running (and Hiking, Skiing and Pedaling) Towards a Healthier Community

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Wed, 08/28/2019 - 13:51

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“We have a particular focus on encouraging youth and women to participate in the sport and Andy’s support has meant these groups can participate at little or no cost.” -Jenny Frayer, Reno Wheelmen Treasurer
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While all healthcare professionals play a role in health of their community, one Reno doctor goes the extra mile – literally – when it comes to supporting health, fitness and quality of life.

Add sousaphone player and marching band founder to the resume of this Reno doctor and philanthropist who has been helping people and organizations feel better and accomplish for more than 20 years.

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