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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.

New Resource for Seniors Struggling with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder

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Submitted by don.butterfield_351 on Mon, 08/12/2019 - 16:59

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“Happiness and quality of life should never have to be sacrificed. This program is designed to help older adults to transition through life’s journey with dignity.” * Novia Anderson, Ph.D., LCSW, Director of Clinical Services at Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital
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In response to the epidemic of suicide in older adults, Transitions offers an inpatient program exclusively for older adults in Reno that treats both mental health and addiction.

Tragically, Nevada has the highest elderly suicide rate in the nation according to America’s Health Rankings. In Nevada, there were 50 deaths by suicide per 100,000 people in the 75-84 age bracket, compared to the U.S. rate of 18.1 per 100,000. Nevada sees significantly more deaths by suicide per 100,000 for all age groups 55 and over.

How One Gym is Strengthening an Entire Community

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 18:23

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“It’s not my gym, it’s our gym.” * Grieg Jameson, Founder, Upstate Nevada
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A Reno gym is removing barriers to fitness for those who are not catered to by most fitness facilities, and the entire community is befitting.

On a Thursday in June, Cisco Rodriguez leads a group through a series of boxing jabs at the Upstate Nevada CrossFit gym. The group includes an elderly white-haired man in blue jeans and suspenders who looks like he wandered in off a ranch and a fit middle-aged woman in a tank top and workout tights who could have been plucked from a local yoga studio. This is Rock Steady, a boxing fitness program for those with Parkinson’s.

Walking — It Does A Body Good

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Tue, 07/16/2019 - 18:56

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“Walking in the forest surrounded by trees and singing birds refreshes and gladdens the mind, body and spirit.”” * Joseph G.
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Walking is so simple, yet so powerful when it comes to maintaining our mental and physical health.
When you’re looking to improve your health, there are endless exercise options — from CrossFit and mountain biking to hot yoga and trail running. But to the surprise of many, walking can be just as effective (and in some cases, more so) at getting us fit — both inside and out — as other forms of exercise.

Five-Star Physical Benefits

When it comes to losing weight, improving cardiac health, endurance, circulation and posture, walking gets five stars. The science supports it, and our Just the Positive (JTP) Facebook community agrees.

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