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Valleywide health news, May 7-13, 2015

SENIOR FITNESS FAIR PLANNED MAY 12

A Senior Fitness Fair is planned from noon to 2 p.m. May 12 at Southwest Medical Associates Lifestyle Center — West, 8670 W. Cheyenne Ave., Suite 105. It is an educational event focused on senior fitness, with demonstrations, healthy eating tips, information about emotional fitness and more. Dr. Samuel Bauzon is set to give a presentation about senior fitness from 2 to 3 p.m. An RSVP is requested. Call 855-608-1513.

AREA GROUPS ENCOURAGING RESIDENTS TO LOG 100,000 MILES

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada has teamed up with Beasley Broadcasting to promote the importance of staying active through the Southern Nevada Moves Miles program, which challenges valley residents to walk a collective 100,000 miles in eight weeks.

The challenge is set to end with a celebration at the Downtown Container Park on May 17. Participants who log their miles at southernnevadamovesmiles.com will be eligible to win weekly prizes. Every activity adds up: gardening, cleaning the house, walking the dog and biking.

HEALTH GROUP LOOKING FOR RESIDENTS’ INPUT

HealthInsight, a private nonprofit organization working to improve health care in Nevada hospitals, doctor’s offices and nursing homes, needs the public’s input to improve the health care experience.

The group is creating a Patient and Family Advisory Council to better understand the health care system from the patient’s viewpoint. Patients, families and caregivers participating in the council will share their personal stories and health care experiences.

People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Contact Gina Pirozzi at gpirozzi@healthinsight.org or 702-933-7326.

BLOODMOBILE DRIVES PLANNED ACROSS VALLEY

UBS Bloodmobile drives are planned at multiple times and locations around the valley. Call 702-233-9620. The locations include:

  • From 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7 at Las Vegas City Hall, 495 S. Main St. Visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code cityhall.
  • From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 7 at UNLV Kappa Sigma, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code unlv.
  • From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 9 at Epic Realty, 2820 S. Jones Blvd. Visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code epicrealty.
  • From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 9 at Smith’s, 2540 S. Maryland Parkway. Visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code SMITHS358.
  • From 8 a.m. to noon May 10 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 1811 Pueblo Vista Way. Visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code SEAS.
  • From 3 to 7 p.m. May 13 at Cowan Sunset South High School, 5300 E. Russell Road. Visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code cowansunset.
  • From 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 14 at Centennial High School, 10200 Centennial Parkway. Visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code centennialhs.
  • From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 16 at Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive. Visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code Whitneyranch.
  • From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 16 at Nehemiah Ministries, 3606 N. Rancho Drive. Visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code Nehemiah.

PAINT THE TOWN FUNDRAISING GALA PLANNED FOR AIDS FOR AIDS OF NEVADA

The seventh annual Paint the Town fine art fundraising gala to benefit Aid for AIDS of Nevada is planned from 8 to 11 p.m. May 8 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The event is set to feature curated works of art from international artists for guests to bid on throughout the night.

General admission is $25. Visit paintthetown2015.auction-bid.org.

BLOOD DRIVES PLANNED ACROSS LAS VEGAS VALLEY

The American Red Cross plans to host blood drives across the Las Vegas Valley. All blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative.

To schedule a donation appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767.

Upcoming donation opportunities are:

Las Vegas

From 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 8 at New York-New York, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 13 at Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South

From noon to 5 p.m. May 14 at TitleMax, 4749 S. Maryland Parkway

From 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 15 at School of Massage Therapy, 2381 E. Windmill Lane

Henderson

From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 7 at Henderson City Hall, 240 S. Water St.

From 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 at the Gibson Library, 100 W. Lake Mead Parkway

From 8 a.m. to noon May 9 at Lowe’s, 1401 S. Boulder Highway

INVITRO INFORMATION SESSION PLANNED

The Las Vegas Fertility Seminar is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 11 at Opportunity Village – Englestad Campus, 6050 S. Buffalo Drive.

This free town-hall seminar features Dr. Geoffrey Sher discussing a variety of fertility-related topics, taking questions and donating a free cycle of In Vitro Fertilization to someone in attendance.

Topics are to include: causes of infertility; fertility treatment option; reproductive immunology and pregnancy loss; evaluating and addressing failed ivf; recurrent miscarriage; and breakthroughs in fertility treatment.

To register, visit haveababy.com/announcements/las-vegas-seminar-may-2015.

FREE SEMINAR FOR KNEE/HIP SURGERIES SCHEDULED

A free seminar for surgical options for knee and hip pain is planned from 6 to 7 p.m. May 12 at Centennial Hills Hospital, 6900 N. Durango Drive. Dr. Ronald Hillock is set to discuss various options for coping with knee and hip pain with special attention to procedures for partial knee resurfacing and total hip replacement.

Registration is required by calling 702-388-4888.

FREE WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY SEMINARS PLANNED

Free weight loss surgery informational seminars are planned at 6:30 p.m. May 12 and 21 and 10 a.m. May 30 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 like to learn more about the various surgeries, is invited to attend an upcoming seminar presented by Dr. Jim Atkinson or Dr. Darren Soong. All surgeries are performed at Desert Springs Hospital. Registration is required by calling 702-313-8446.

CLEVELAND CLINIC PLANNING BRAIN CONFERENCE

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is planning to host a conference titled SuperBrains: Exploring the Neuroscience of Extraordinary Abilities, May 15 at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center and May 16 at the Golden Nugget hote. It is directed toward psychologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, social workers, educators and allied health professionals; however, anyone is welcome to register the evening of May 15.

Dr. Sarah Banks, head of the Neuropsychology Program at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, coordinated the two-day conference to highlight the human brain’s genius.

For the full schedule or to register, visit ccfcme.org/superbrains15.

BRAIN TUMOR RUN/WALK PLANNED AT SUNSET PARK

Al Musella Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to brain tumor research, is scheduled to host an inaugural Brain Tumor 5K Walk/Run from 7 a.m. to noon May 16 at Sunset Park, 2601 E. Sunset Road.

Proceeds will go toward research to find a cure for this cancer that is often underfunded due to its rarity. Register at wizathon.com/walktoendbraintumors-nv.

SMITH’S FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT HEALTH FOUNDATION

Smith’s Food and Drug has begun its fourth annual fundraising campaign to benefit the St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation Charity Care Program. Through May 17, Smith’s customers are invited to join store associates in fundraising efforts throughout Southern Nevada by making a donation at the checkstands and in return be thanked with coupons. To learn more about Children’s Miracle Network’s partnership with St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, visit supportstrose.org.

STROKE AWARENESS OPEN HOUSE SET AT VALLEY HOSPITAL

A free Stroke Awareness Open House is planned from 9 to 11 a.m. May 28 at Valley Hospital, 620 Shadow Lane.

In honor of Stroke Awareness Month, the community is invited to an open house to learn about the many facets of stroke. Activities include blood pressure checks, stroke risk assessments, stroke education, healthy eating tips, and understanding the connection between diabetes and stroke.

CROHN’S AND COLITIS COMMUNITY WALK SCHEDULED

The Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis community walk is set from 9 a.m. to noon May 30 Exploration Peak Park, 9700 S. Buffalo Drive.

The event is the major fundraiser for the nonprofit Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America — Las Vegas Chapter. The walk and companion activities include live music, food, kids entertainment, vendor booths, educational materials and more. Onsite registration begins at 9 a.m. with the walk at 9:30 a.m.

Each year, the local Crohn’s and Colitis group recognizes a child or teen with one of the conditions to act as the event’s Honored Hero to inspire and be an example to others with digestive diseases or IBD. This year’s Honored Hero is 18-year-old Brittany MacDonald, who has been struggling with Crohn’s disease for seven years.

The event is free and open to the public. A $25 per person donation is encouraged. Registered team members and attendees who donate will receive a wrist band for free food and other refreshments.

Visit cctakesteps.org/lasvegas.

SUMMER HEALTH FAIR SET AT CENTENNIAL HILLS HOSPITAL

A free Summer Health Fair is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 30 at Centennial Hills Hospital, 6900 N. Durango Drive.

In addition to dozens of vendors offering health and wellness information, free screenings will be available for blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol. Please note fasting is recommended for glucose and cholesterol screenings, and the line for cholesterol screenings is to end at 12:30 p.m.

Other activities include a Kids Corner with face painting and balloon fun, refreshments, giveaways, raffle prizes, a donation drive to benefit US Vets and a blood drive to benefit the American Red Cross from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To schedule a blood donation, visit redcross.org/blood.

POWER OF LOVE GALA TO BENEFIT KEEP MEMORY ALIVE

Keep Memory Alive’s 19th annual Power of Love Gala is set for June 13 to raise funds for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, 888 W. Bonneville Ave. The event is set to feature Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and friends and include live auctions, wine and cocktails, and cuisine by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.

Tickets are on sale at keepmemoryalive.org/pol. Call 702-263-9797 or email events@keepmemoryalive.org.

BETTER BREATHERS CLUB MEETS MONTHLY

The Better Breathers Club is set to meet the second Tuesday of the month at Centennial Hills Hospital, 6900 N. Durango Drive. This educational and social support group is for people with lung disease, their loved ones and caregivers. A light lunch and snacks are planned.

Call Henry Clay at 702-835-9898.

FREE STD TESTING AVAILABLE

Free weekly STD screenings are available at the Gay and Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada and the Richard Steele Boxing Facility. Visit snhd.info/sexual-health-clinic.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP PLANS MEETINGS

The Stroke Support Group is set to meet at various times monthly:

  • From 3 to 4 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive, 702-233-7061.
  • From 3 to 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Centennial Hills Hospital, 6900 N. Durango Drive, 702-629-1309.
  • From 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month at the South Magna Conference Center, south of the Desert Springs Hospital main entrance, 2075 E. Flamingo Road, 702-369-7560. Recommended parking is off Bruce Street. Lunch is provided.
  • From 10 to 11:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month on the fourth floor of Valley Hospital, 620 Shadow Lane. Call 702-388-8441 or 702-388-4619. Light refreshments will be served.

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS TO BE OFFERED FRIDAYS

Free blood pressure checks are set to be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays at the Southern Nevada Health District’s main facility, 330 S. Valley View Blvd.

Visit southernnevadahealthdistrict.org.

SOUTHWEST MEDICAL ASSOCIATES TO HOST WEIGHT MANAGEMENT GROUP

The HEW/Weight Management Support Group is planned from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Mondays at the Southwest Medical Associates Lifestyle Center-West, 8670 W. Cheyenne Ave., Suite 105. Discuss nutrition and exercise and get tips for weight loss.

To register, call 702-877-5356.

SUMMERLIN HOSPITAL TO HOST STROLLER STRIDES CLASS

A new Stroller Strides Fit4Mom class is planned from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays on the campus of Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 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.

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