Valleywide Health News, July 24-30, 2014


21ST CENTURY ONCOLOGY HOSTS EARLY DETECTION CONTEST

A contest aimed at bringing awareness to the importance of getting screened for cancer is being hosted by 21st Century Oncology of Las Vegas. The Early Detection Contest urges Southern Nevada residents to share their stories online about why they think early detection is important. The resident who submits the best video or written submission to earlydetectionlv.com will receive $1,000.

The most often recommended cancer screenings are for breast, prostate, colon and cervical cancers. When detected early, survival rates for many cancers increase dramatically.

Submissions can be written, or any style of film or video, including but not limited to, song, animation, drama, still art, imagery, comedy or documentary. The length of the video must be less than one minute, and any written story must be fewer than 500 words. The contest deadline is July 27 at midnight Pacific time. The winner is to be contacted by Aug. 9.

FALLS PREVENTION OPEN HOUSE PLANNED JULY 24

A Falls Prevention open house event with Barry Bornstein is planned from noon to 1 p.m. July 24 at Southwest Medical Associates Lifestyle Center-West, 8670 W. Cheyenne Ave., Suite 105. To RSVP or for more information, call 855-606-1425.

BLOOD DRIVE PLANNED AT LIBRARIES

United Blood Services plans to host blood drives from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 26 at the Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Drive (702-507-6100), and from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 26 and Aug. 16 at the Sunrise Library, 5400 E. Harris Ave. (702-507-3900).

To register, call 702-638-7400 or visit bloodhero.com. Walk-ins are welcome.

HEALTH FAIR PLANNED FOR JULY 26 AT SPRING VALLEY HOSPITAL

A free Summer Fun Health Fair is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 26 in the main lobby at Spring Valley Hospital, 5400 S. Rainbow Blvd. Free health screenings, including vision, blood pressure, bone density, glucose and spine are planned, along with giveaways and raffles, vendors, children’s activities, Medicare counseling and tours.

A blood drive is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to benefit the American Red Cross. To sign up, visit redcrossblood.org/make-donation.

KNEE AND HIP PAIN SEMINAR PLANNED AT VALLEY HOSPITAL

A free seminar on options for knee and hip pain is planned for 5:30 p.m. July 28 at Valley Hospital, 620 Shadow Lane, in the Graduate Medical Education Auditorium.

Orthopedic surgeons plan to discuss options for coping with knee and hip pain. To register, call 702-388-4888.

CENTENNIAL HILLS HOSPITAL TO HOST TEDDY BEAR CLINIC AUG. 6

A free Teddy Bear Clinic is planned from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 6 in the main lobby of Centennial Hills Hospital, 6900 N. Durango Drive. Children of all ages can bring their favorite stuffed animal for a checkup and learn about hospitals and good health. To register, call 702-388-4888.

BREASTFEEDING RESOURCE FAIR SET FOR AUG. 9 AT SPRINGS PRESERVE

The Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition plans to host a Nurturing Naturally: A Breastfeeding Resource Fair in celebration of World Breastfeeding Month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 9 in the Partnership Room at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd.

The group’s goal is to celebrate and support breastfeeding women and promote public awareness of services and resources available for prenatal women, new parents and young children. Activities, raffles, education and giveaways are planned at the free, indoor event.

For more information, visit snvbreastfeeding.org.

CHRONIC LUNG CONDITION GROUP TO MEET AUG. 14

Better Breathers Support Group, for people living with asthma, COPD, lung cancer or other chronic lung conditions, is set to meet from 1 to 2 p.m. Aug. 14 at Southwest Medical Associates Lifestyle Center-West, 8680 W. Cheyenne Ave.

Family and friends are welcome to come in support of their loved one. Meetings are the second Thursday of each month. To RSVP, call 702-677-3056.

PULMONARY GROUP TO MEET AUG. 15

O2 On the Go, a support group for people with pulmonary disease, is slated to meet from 10 a.m. to noon Aug 15 at the H2U MountainView Office, 3150 N. Tenaya Way, Suite 114. It schedules its meetings for the third Friday of every month.

For more information, call 702-233-5474.

FIBROMYALGIA FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUP ANNOUNCES TEEN PROGRAM

The Fibromyalgia Friends Support Group of Southern Nevada, a nonprofit based in Henderson, has announced the initiation of a teen program to educate and provide support for middle, high school and college age teenagers with fibromyalgia.

The program will take place monthly via Google Hangouts from 7 to 8 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. Ten people will be able to join each meeting each month. For instructions about how to participate, visit fmfriends.org. and click on “Teen Meetings.”

WALK WITH A DOC PLANNED FOR THIRD THURSDAYS AT LORENZI PARK

University Medical Center plans to host free Walk With A Doc events at 7 a.m. the third Thursday of each month at Lorenzi Park, 3333 W. Washington Ave. Participants are asked to meet at the tennis courts.

The program emphasizes 150 minutes of exercise as a way to become healthier and for people to be better informed about their health. Each walk will open with a three- to five-minute health talk followed by a 30- to 45-minute walk. During the walk, a physician who is the featured speaker will answer general health questions.

For more information, umcsn.com.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP HOSTS WEEKLY MEETINGS

GriefShare, a national program for those dealing with loss, meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Canyon Ridge Christian Church, 6200 W. Lone Mountain Road. Weekly meetings include showings and discussion. For more information, call the group at 702-481-5833.

SENIOR GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP MEETS BIMONTHLY

A grief support group for seniors is set to meet the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 9 a.m. at the Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive.

For more information, call 702-229-1702.

SUMMERLIN HOSPITAL PLANS BABY-RELATED CLASSES

Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive, offers many baby classes — Baby Basics 1 & 2; Babywearing Workshop; Birth Basics; The Birth Plan Workshop; Breastfeeding Basics; Infant CPR; Infant Massage; Meditations for Healthy Pregnancy and Birth; Natural Birth Methods; Planned Cesarean Birth; Prenatal Fitness Class; Prepared Childbirth Education; and Twins/Multiples Preparation Class.

To learn more about dates, times and costs, visit summerlinhospital.com/community-information. To register for classes, call 702-233-7103.

 

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