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Valleywide Health News, Jan. 1-7, 2015

LIFETIME FITNESS PLANS 5K FOR COMMITMENT DAY JAN. 1

Commitment Day, a million workout weekend, is set for Jan. 1-4 at Lifetime Fitness, 10721 W. Charleston Blvd. The Commitment Day 5K, a run/walk event, is set for 9 a.m. Jan. 1. The course will start and finish at Lifetime Fitness.

The weekend event, set to take place at 113 locations across the country, includes fitness information and workshops, a heart rate training introduction, a yoga jam and an indoor triathlon workout (10-minute pool swim, 30-minute spin session and 20-minute treadmill run).

For more more information, visit commitmentday.com.

SMOKING CESSATION CLASSES SET

Smoking cessation classes are planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 5-Feb. 16, at Desert Springs Hospital, 2075 E. Flamingo Road, in the South Magna Conference Center to the right of the main entrance.

The group clinic includes eight sessions and features a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking. Each session is designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior. The clinic format encourages participants to work on the process and problems of quitting both individually and as part of a group.

Sessions also are planned at Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, 4770 Harrison Drive, Suite 105, from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 6-Feb. 17.

To register, call Richard Davis of the American Lung Association at 702-431-6348. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/qhxx63z.

SUMMERLIN HOSPITAL TO HOST STROLLER STRIDES CLASS

A new Stroller Strides Fit4Mom class is planned from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 7 on the campus of Summerlin Hospital Medical Center at 653 N. Town Center Drive.

Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that moms do with their babies. Activities include power walking/jogging and intervals of strength and body toning exercise using exercise tubing, a stroller and the environment. The class is taught by certified fitness instructors with specialty training in the pre- and postnatal woman. Instructors weave songs and activities into the routine designed to engage and entertain the babies.

Registration is required. To enroll, visit lasvegas.fit4mom.com.

GRACE IN THE DESERT PLANS JAN. 10 HEALTH FAIR

Grace in the Desert Episcopal Church, 2004 Spring Gate Lane, plans to host a health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 10. Expect representatives from AARP, Nathan Adelson Hospice, the H2U Health Center at Mountian View Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

For more information, visit graceofsummerlin.org.

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY SEMINARS PLANNED

Free weight loss surgery informational seminars are planned for 10 a.m. Jan. 10 and 31 and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 and 20 at the Surgical Weight Control Center, 3802 Meadows Lane. Anyone considering weight loss surgery, including gastric sleeve, lap band or gastric bypass, or who would simply like to learn more about the various surgeries, is invited to attend seminars presented by Dr. Jim Atkinson or Dr. Darren Soong.

To register, call 702-313-8446.

SEMINARS TO ADDRESS SURGERY FOR KNEE AND HIP PAIN

Seminars focusing on surgical options for knee and hip pain are planned from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 and 26 and Feb. 12 and 24 in conference rooms 1 and 2 at Centennial Hills Hospital, 6900 N. Durango Drive. They will cover procedures for partial knee resurfacing and total hip replacement using the specialized MAKOplasty technology available only at Centennial Hills Hospital.

To register, call 702-388-4888. For more information, visit centennialhillshospital.com and click on “Hospital Services.”

STATION CASINOS TO HOST WELLNESS EXPO JAN. 21

The 2015 Station Casinos Community Health, Wellness & Senior Expos is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Fiesta Rancho, 2400 N. Rancho Drive. The free event is an opportunity for people to learn about the available services for seniors and their families.

For more information, visit lasvegasseniorexpos.com.

FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE FOR OLDER RESIDENTS

Home Bound Healthcare of Las Vegas is offering flu shots at home for adults 65 or older who are part of the high-risk category for getting the flu. Shots in the home are available to those younger than 65 who have a disability that makes it difficult for them to leave the home.

The service is offered at no out-of-pocket expense for those with Medicare coverage. The cost for the in-home vaccine for those without coverage is $25.

If you don’t fit the qualifications for receiving the flu shot at home but still want to get it, Home Bound also provides the vaccine in its office, 1350 S. Jones Blvd., Suite 240, and is available to schedule flu shot clinics at community buildings, senior housing facilities and with other organizations.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 702-433-0800.

FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE

The Southern Nevada Health District is offering flu vaccine clinics. The cost of the shot is $40; the high-dose vaccine for people 65 or older is $56.

For more information or locations, visit snhd.info, or contact the immunization clinic at 702-759-0850.

ADELSON HOSPICE ADDS REIKI TRAINING

Nathan Adelson Hospice has added on-site Level I Reiki training and certification. The addition of a Reiki Master to the hospice’s staff has made it possible to offer the certified course in-house, making it easier for more people to become qualified. Additionally, the staff will be teaching the new Reiki practitioners how to use essential oils effectively.

The free services program also offers pet therapy, reflexology, massage, aromatherapy, art therapy and music therapy.

For more information, visit nah.org.

HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERS DIABETES MANAGEMENT CLASSES

As part of National Diabetes Month, the Southern Nevada Health District and its community partners are offering education and self-management classes and support for people with diabetes and their families, as well as programs that can help people lower their risk of developing diabetes.

For information, contact the health district’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at 702-759-1270 or visit gethealthyclarkcounty.org or the Spanish-language site vivasaludable.org..

FREE DIABETIC FOOT SCREENINGS PLANNED

Smith’s, the Las Vegas Summerlin Lions Club and the nonprofit Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention (LEAP) Alliance have teamed up to offer free foot screenings, which are simple and painless, to help prevent diabetes-related foot amputation.

The preventative screening program is being offered at two Smith’s locations: 2211 N. Rampart Blvd. and 8555 W. Sahara Ave. To make an appointment, call 702-765-5793.

Free foot screening also is being offered by appointment at the Summerlin Hospital Medical Building, 673 N. Town Center Drive, Suite 400, provided by the Summerlin Lions Club medical team.

To schedule a screening, call 702-765-5793 and specify the appointment is for a free foot screening.

LOU RUVO CENTER OFFERS SUPPORT GROUPS, SERVICES

Free multiple sclerosis counseling services are offered at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, 888 W. Bonneville Ave. Individual, couple and family therapy are available to address a range of issues related to mood, adjustment to diagnosis, relationships and care giving. Also, a multiple sclerosis support group is scheduled to meet from noon to 1 p.m. the first Thursday of every month for adult family members of individuals with MS. For more information, call 702-483-6006 or email fairchj@ccf.org.

A Huntington’s disease support group is scheduled to meet from noon to 1 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month. The group is for gene-positive individuals (asymptomatic and early stage) and adult family members. For more information, call 702-483-6035 or email municd@ccf.org.

A memory loss caregiver support group is scheduled to meet from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. Wednesdays. The group is for adult family members who provide care and/or support for loved ones with memory loss and is facilitated by Dr. Donna Munic-Miller. For more information, call 702-483-6035 or email municd@ccf.org.

A Parkinson’s disease support group is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month. The group is for early-stage individuals and adult family members who provide care and/or support for loved ones with Parkinson’s disease. Separate groups meet at the same time. Phone screening for new early-stage participants is required. For more information, call 702-483-6054 or email cliffoj@ccf.org.

For more information on programs and services, visit keepmemoryalive.org/socialservices.

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.

HOSPITAL OFFERS CLASSES

Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive, plans classes for new parents that include Baby Basics 1 & 2, Birth Basics, The Birth Plan Workshop, Breastfeeding Basics, Infant CPR, Infant Massage, Meditations for Healthy Pregnancy and Birth, Natural Birth Methods, Planned Cesarean Birth, Prepared Childbirth Education, Twins/Multiples Preparation Class and Fit4MOM Stroller Strides Family Fun Workout.

Summerlin Hospital also offers free support groups: Cesarean Birth Support Group; Multiples Support Group; Infant Loss Bereavement Support Group; and Parent & Caregiver Support Group for Special Needs Children.

To register for classes at least three weeks in advance, call 702-233-7103.

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