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Category Archives: Health

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 hope and a goal to strive for and through a United Way Women’s Leadership Council sponsored program she has made progress towards developing her athletic ability, confidence and scholastic achievement.

“Hunter has found her strength and has really stepped up to become a leader,” said Hunter’s coach, Jennifer. “She ran around her neighborhood to try out her new shoes from United Way.”

Through the program, Hunter gained a pure joy of running and discovered personal strength that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. She can now step outside the classroom and feel empowered and connected amidst her peers, helping her to succeed in both athletics and academics.

“I truly believe that this program is helping Hunter make progress in all areas of her life,” said Jennifer.

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

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