Category Archives: Health

Community Comes Together to Create Record-Breaking 5,000 Dental Kits

Tooth decay remains the single most common chronic disease among children. On Saturday, October 3, United Way and Future Smiles hosted 120 volunteers to combat this statistic by assembling a record-breaking 5,000 dental hygiene kits to give out to children in partner preschools and elementary schools. The kits included a toothbrush, toothbrush cover, floss, toothpaste… More

Improve Children’s Dental Health | Get Involved 2 Ways!

Tooth decay remains the single most common chronic disease among children. Help us ensure that children receive necessary dental care products to ensure dental health. 36% of children have untreated tooth decay 9% of children live with dental pain 65% of children are uninsured and without health care resources Help us create 5,000 Dental Kits… More

Hunter’s Run to Success

Hunter is only in fourth grade, but already she feels like she is falling behind her peers. She works hard but still struggles with reading, writing and math. Not only was Hunter having trouble keeping up in school, she didn’t feel competent with physical activities, and she had a hard time making friends. She needed… More

A Super Saturday “Smile” Kit Assembly

On Saturday, October 4, 2014 an amazing group of volunteers came together at United Way of Southern Nevada to help families lead healthier lives through good oral health. There were 8 year olds to 81 year olds who created cards with positive messages, assembled over 4,000 dental hygiene kits and helped to clean up and… More

I Hit It Out of the Park | Leah’s Health Story

December/New Year Update: We had the opportunity to check in with Leah and Lillian again, and see how they are doing now that the school year is in full swing. This past Spring, Leah was treated at the Martinez Health Clinic, “re” opened thanks to the generosity of our Women’s Leadership Council. Leah faced debilitating… More

Help Improve Children’s Health

If you have a desire to help children and families live healthy lives, we have a perfect opportunity for you. Because quality dental care is essential to insure a child’s overall well-being, United Way of Southern Nevada is hosting two opportunities to help children improve their dental health. Tooth decay remains the single most common chronic disease… More

United Way of Southern Nevada Receives Silver Syringe Award

United Way of Southern Nevada was recently honored by the Southern Nevada Immunization & Health Coalition (SNIHC) in partnership with the Nevada State Immunization Program for outstanding immunization efforts. United Way received a Silver Syringe Award for promoting immunizations and improving access to preventative healthcare services. “Immunizations are critical to protecting children from 14 serious childhood diseases,… More

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… More

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 we… More

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 first… More