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Strength, Sisterhood and Stilettos: B2B Transforms Lives

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Thu, 10/15/2020 - 13:26

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Strange to say, but breast cancer saved me. I’ve learned so much about me that I wouldn’t have thought was possible. I’m brave, I’m strong, and I have so much to be grateful for. * Sally Kinter
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Read the inspiring story of breast cancer survivor Sally Kinter, who found sisterhood and strength as part of the Breast Cancer 2 Bikini program.

During our recent interview, Sally Kinter remained composed nearly the entire time she recounted her breast cancer story — from diagnosis and treatment to joining Breast Cancer 2 Bikini (B2B). But when asked why she applied to B2B — a rigorous training program that prepares breast cancer survivors for a public bodybuilding competition – her voice cracked. “I lost a lot of friends when I got cancer — people who had a hard time dealing with my diagnosis. I wanted to build a community of fellow survivors.”

Expert Advice for Navigating a Pandemic: Focus on the Small Things

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Mon, 08/31/2020 - 15:00

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“Try to identify one thing you’ve been handling well during the crisis, and use that as an opportunity for self-compassion and less self-criticism.” *Dr. Kristen Davis-Coelho
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Everyone is feeling extra pressure these days. Here, a local behavioral health expert offers advice on how to get through these tough times.

So here we are, smack-dab in the middle of a global pandemic, and almost every aspect of our lives has changed — at least for the short-term. While we can’t control those external forces (unless you happen to be a scientist working on a vaccine), there are ways we can there are ways we can examine our lives in this new context in an effort to either learn about or improve ourselves — in the short- and long-term.

How We Can — And Why We Should — Get Outside During the Pandemic

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Thu, 08/20/2020 - 13:49

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Being outside, doing something you enjoy is really good for you. It offers an emotional boost, helping you feel less tense, stressed, angry or depressed.
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Enjoying ourselves, managing our mental health, and staying fit and healthy is important to our overall well-being and possible through outdoor recreation.

One thing has become clear during the pandemic, shut down and shelter in place orders — we really like to get outside. More than 40 percent of Americans said they plan to do more outside due to COVID-19 and social distancing rules.

Positive Steps You Can Take to Support Black Lives Matter

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 06/17/2020 - 21:49

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Intervene where racism persists. Stop people from jokes. Call out what you see. This is taking a moral stance against injustices. * Diaz Dixon
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Community activist Diaz Dixon shares his thoughts on the positive actions we can all take in support of racial equity and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Editor's Note: Beginning the day after the riot in downtown Reno that destroyed property and rocked our community, Diaz Dixon, CEO of the Eddy House and community advocate, took to Facebook Live. 

And every morning since then, he has posted a Facebook Live video with powerful words about racism, the struggles faced daily by people of color and the power of positivity. 

How an 11-Year-Old Boy Scout is Saving the Planet

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Fri, 04/17/2020 - 12:46

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Meet Diego Madani and his non-profit treesRus
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See what happens when a 11-year old boy scout decides he wants to help save the planet. Watch this story of Diego Madani, a Northern Nevadan who is planting trees to combat climate change.

Zay Zay Social Distancing Dance

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Submitted by Mary.alber_555 on Fri, 03/27/2020 - 12:26

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Nine-Year-Old Reno Resident Rapping Rocks!
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I loved this awesome home video of Tanayah Henderson doing her social distancing dance. Her mother shared this video with KOLO 8 News so we could enjoy watching her daughter showing us how to be safe during these times. I bet everyone is gonna be learning from Zay Zay in the days to come!

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.

When ‘Good Vibes Only’ Goes Bad: Toxic Positivity Explained

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Sun, 08/18/2019 - 16:43

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"It's OK not to be positive all the time, and it's unrealistic to believe that you can be happy every moment." ~ Psychology Professor Julie Norem
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While Just the Positive is a resource for positive stories, its reason for existence is in no way tied to promoting “toxic positivity” — which is the unrealistic belief that focusing on positivity and ignoring all other emotions will cure what ails you.

A few years ago, I was t-boned by a car running a red light at an intersection. I was later told by police that the man who ran the light was named Darwin — which I only mention because he walked away from the accident he caused without a single scratch (survival of the fittest much?). 

One Step at a Time

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Submitted by mcraddock_398 on Thu, 07/18/2019 - 01:50

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Stacy York Lends a Hand to Storey County Seniors
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Why she chooses to work with seniors? “Knowing I am helping someone who cannot always help themselves.” * Stacy York
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Born and raised in the heart of Northern Nevada, Stacy York is filling gaps within our community to better serve those who may need extra resources.

Just under a year ago, my family and I migrated to Virginia City, Nevada. The social aspect of this community is very understanding and welcoming to those who wander through. Through newfound connections in the community, I had the opportunity to meet and interview a very warm-hearted individual. This individual is the director of the local Virginia City senior center. Stacy York is a very talented professional who has successfully begun to fill gaps within the community to better serve our elders.   

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