Category Archives: Health

Prepare to Plant Your Own Garden


When you focus on four different steps of soil preparation, planting at the right time, pest management and shading and wind protection, you can plant your own edible garden that will feed your family through the summer.

  • SOIL: Build a raised-bed garden, filling the beds with highly prepared organic soil (like Viragrow) and add substances like Zeo-Soil to the prepared soil. Natural composting methods, mulching and top-dressing your soil with compost or natural fertilizer is the best way to develop strong, vigorous plants.
  • PLANTING SCHEDULE: Follow the planting guide by going to
  • PESTICIDES: Click here for a list of natural homemade remedies including canola oil, Ivory soap and hot pepper sauce.
  • SHADE AND WIND: Consider using a shade cloth to shade the plants and deflect the wind.

Be Active | Resolutions for Life

10 Tips For Starting & Sticking With Exercise 1. Commit to consistency Make a commitment to sticking with your plan. If you find yourself not able to meet your goals, change them so they’re easier. 2. Take baby steps Don’t expect to turn into Superman overnight. Make achievable goals and stick with them. For some,More

Healthy Eating | Resolutions for Life

A few tips might make the transition to eating healthy easier. 1. Eat Breakfast There’s no better way to start your morning than with a healthy breakfast. Include lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Try oatmeal cooked with low-fat milk, sliced almonds and berries, or top a toaster waffle with low-fat yogurt and fruit.More

Start out Fresh in 2014 | Resolutions for Life

New Year’s resolutions can be easy-to-keep or they can get difficult. They can loom on the horizon like huge promises we make to ourselves but never keep. Or they can be simple every day notions like smile, stretch, look for opportunities to learn in everyday life and walk the dog. The big ominous promises weMore

Brush at Lunch | Making Dental Care Easy & Fun

For most of us a visit to the dentist is full of trepidation and fear, as images of scraping, drilling and poking come to mind. United Way supports a simple way to make the dental visit easier for children. Since the foundation for healthy permanent teeth in children and teenagers is laid during the firstMore

Access to Healthcare | Connecting Children to Critical Medical Assistance

For children like young Micah who suffer from serious medical conditions and are born into families without insurance, oftentimes there are few options. While hospital emergency rooms provide assistance, care is not continuous and it comes at a steep cost. Through the support of United Way, children like Micah who have no insurance now canMore

Children’s Dental Health | Starting Early is Right on Time

Dental cavities and tooth decay are one of the most common medical conditions experienced by Americans and the single most common disease of childhood. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 19 percent of children have untreated cavities and approximately 41 percent of children have decay in their “baby teeth.”More

Helping Kids Clinic | Providing Healthcare to Families in Need

Health insurance is something that many take for granted, but for families with few resources and young children, not having insurance can have serious implications. When families without insurance experience illness, most have to visit an emergency room for a common cold and subject their children to a crowded waiting room with seriously ill patients.More

Health | Helping Children Grow and Thrive

Angelica could not afford healthcare for her son, Caleb. A struggling single mother, she needed help getting Caleb immunized so that he could start school and he also needed treatment for asthma. When she found out about the United Way of Southern Nevada partner University of Nevada School of Medicine – Children’s Health Access ProjectMore

Health | Jesse Learns How to “Brush at Lunch”

At five years old, Jesse had never been to a dentist. His parents, Maria and Francisco, couldn’t afford one more expense with two young children and a baby on the way. Since the family has no medical insurance, they were relieved when they found out that Jesse’s preschool school offered a “Brush At Lunch” programMore

Terri Janison New Senior Director, Health, Community Development

United Way of Southern Nevada announced Terri Janison as the new Senior Director, Health, Community Development. In her role, Ms. Janison is committed to increasing the number of youth and adults who are healthy and have access to comprehensive healthcare in southern Nevada. “Terri’s strong interest in advocating on behalf of children guides her decisions onMore