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Volleyball and Fitness Focus of Weekend Camp for Kids

Volleyball and Fitness Focus of Weekend Camp for Kids

The UNLV volleyball team is working with the Jump for Joy Foundation to offer a volleyball and fitness camp for kids this weekend. 

The camp is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Sunset Park.

The camp is for kids from 6 to 17. They will learn the importance of exercise and good nutrition. There will also be fitness and nutrition classes for parents. Special guests UNLV coach Cindy Fredrick and the UNLV volleyball team will emphasize a healthy lifestyle.

The event will also show kids that parks and public spaces can be a free way to stay healthy. Kids interested in going to the camp can register at the event on Saturday or by going to vao-eorg.eventbrite.com/

Courses Offered for Caregivers

Courses Offered for Caregivers

Nathan Adelson Hospice has launched The Learning Institute to offer continuing education courses related to palliative and hospice care.

“We created The Learning Institute to improve the quality of palliative and hospice care by increasing the knowledge, skills and comfort level of clinicians, caregivers and volunteers who provide this care in our community.” said Carole Fisher, president and chief executive officer of Nathan Adelson Hospice.

The Learning Institute provides quality educational programs, many approved for continuing education for nurses and social workers. Program content is developed to be of value to clinical professionals, hospice management, home health, long-term facilities and hospitals.

The Learning Institute offers a variety of educational offerings, including:

Gingerbread Men for a Smoke-Free UNLV

Gingerbread Men for a Smoke-Free UNLV

Gingerbread men are usually a cheerful holiday staple, but the cookies on display at UNLV Tuesday had a grim purpose.

The Southern Nevada Health District’s Evolvement project and the UNLV School of Nursing’s Tobacco Free project used thousands of gingerbread men to prove a point about smoking. The groups lined up more than 3,000 gingerbread men at Pida Plaza on UNLV campus to highlight the number of Nevadans who die every year from smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke.

The supporters of the display also took signatures from students in support of a tobacco-free campus. According to the health district, 82 percent of UNLV students do not smoke; however, 82 percent of students report that they were exposed to second-hand smoke while on campus. The groups organizing the event would like to have UNLV join more than 200 campuses nationwide with tobacco-free campuses. 

Hospice Named Among Best Places to Work in Healthcare

Hospice Named Among Best Places to Work in Healthcare

One of the largest hospices in the valley recently received a prestigious national award.

Nathan Adelson Hospice, southern Nevada’s largest non-profit hospice organization, was recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” for 2011. Chosen by Modern Healthcare, a weekly healthcare business news publication, Nathan Adelson Hospice will be recognized at a gala on Oct. 18 in Chicago. This is the second time the hospice earned the award.

The award is based upon results from an organization-wide Employee Engagement and Satisfaction Survey filled out by Nathan Adelson Hospice employees, as well as employee comments from open-ended questions. Results of the survey were compared to national benchmarking data to identify award winners.

Vegas PBS "Keeping Kids Fit" 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk Features Walkaround Elmo ™

Vegas PBS "Keeping Kids Fit" 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk Features Walkaround Elmo ™

Vegas PBS will host its second annual 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk to benefit Keeping Kids Fit, an educational outreach program targeting childhood obesity.  The event will kick-off at 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Vegas PBS building, 3050 E. Flamingo Road.  Registration is open now at VegasPBS.org/KKF5K.  

Sesame Street star and children’s favorite Walkaround ElmoTM from Sesame Street TM will be on hand at the event, as well as a high energy DJ spinning Top 40 favorites, informational booths, healthy refreshments, and awards and prizes for the family-friendly crowd.

Free CPR Classes to Be Offered

Free CPR Classes to Be Offered

The American Red Cross invites the public to attend a free Adult CPR Class on Saturday, April 23 at the Thomas and Mack Center. Called "CPR Saturday", the event will train 1,000 people in one day in the lifesaving skill of CPR.

Two sessions will be conducted; one beginning at 8:30am and a repeat session at 1:30 pm. Each session is three hours. A two-year Adult CPR certification will be issued upon successful completion.

Register at www.redcrosslasvegas.org or (702) 531-0237.

Free Diabetes Workshop Offered at Desert Springs Hospital

Free Diabetes Workshop Offered at Desert Springs Hospital

The Nevada Diabetes Association is offering a free patient event April 30 at Desert Springs Hospital to help educate diabetes patients about the signs and symptoms of painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (pDPN).

Kenneth D. Grant, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Touro University, is going to emphasize the importance of speaking with a physician, getting a proper diagnosis, and tips on how help to manage the condition.

Approximately 20 percent of people with diabetes experience pDPN, which is characterized by burning pain, pins and needles, or shooting pain in the hands or feet.  It can become extremely debilitating, affecting patients' ability to participate in everyday activities, to sleep, and to exercise.

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic and progressive health conditions in the United States today; the incidence has skyrocketed in recent years.