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CCSD Employees Get Health Screenings

CCSD Employees Get Health Screenings

Clark County School District employees received help with their health Monday.

The health insurance company United Healthcare set up its mobile health clinic at the district's central office on Sahara Avenue to provide health screenings for district employees.

The focus was mostly on diabetes testing and education about the disease. Employees say it is screenings like these that help them make the changes in their daily lives.

"Your general health is important. If you don't feel well, you're not going to be a productive employee. So, it is actually in our employers best interest to take care of their employees because you feel better, you are more productive, you're happier and have more peace in your life," CCSD employee Beverly Huntsman said.

United Healthcare's 18-wheel mobile clinic was available for members of Health Plane of Nevada.

Diabetes Center Opens at Valley Hospital

Diabetes Center Opens at Valley Hospital

A new center has opened at Valley Hospital dedicated to helping people better control their diabetes.

The Diabetes Treatment Center is certified through the American Diabetes Association. The center will offer counseling and education classes focused on nutrition, monitoring blood sugar and the basics of the disease.

The center will also offer help to people who have diabetes and are hospitalized. A certified diabetes educator will visit them during their stay.

According to the hospital, 30 percent of inpatients have diabetes.

Many health insurance companies pay for annual diabetes education, and Medicare pays for 10 hours of education for newly diagnosed adults.

For more information, call (702) 477-6530. 

Time to Plan for Back-to-School Shots

Time to Plan for Back-to-School Shots

With the 2013-14 school year approaching quickly, health officials are reminding parents to do required immunizations for their kids sooner than later.

The Southern Nevada Health District provides back-to-school shots at its public health centers. Pre-schoolers, kindergartners, and seventh-graders must get mandatory vaccinations.

The health district will offer extended hours for back-to-school immunizations the last two weeks of August. Immunizations are available:

Parents should bring immunization records. Children with no records might have to begin the immunization sequence from the beginning. Non-custodial adults may accompany a child, however, written consent must be provided to the health district from the parent or guardian at the time of service. An administrative fee of $16 per child for one immunization or $25 per child for two or more immunizations will be collected. Additional vaccines fees might apply.

Shots are available at these locations:

Free Show Tickets for People Who Get Tested for HIV/AIDS

Free Show Tickets for People Who Get Tested for HIV/AIDS

A southern Nevada nonprofit, a new production on the Las Vegas Strip and the Gay and Lesbian Community Center is encouraging everyone to know their HIV status by offering free tickets for those who get tested.

Golden Rainbow has partnered with "Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical" and the Gay and Lesbian Center to promote National HIV Testing Awareness Day Thursday.

People who participate in the center's free HIV testing will get one complimentary ticket to Golden Rainbow's "Ribbon of Life" spectacular at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts Sunday, or a complimentary ticket to "Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical" at the Venetian Las Vegas.

Testing at the center located at 401 South Maryland Parkway will be from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

The Southern Nevada Health District is also offering free rapid HIV testing at its Sexual Health Clinic, 400 Shadow Lane, Suite 106.    

Southern Nevada Health Focus of Weekend Fair

Southern Nevada Health Focus of Weekend Fair


A local nonprofit will be hosting its 3rd annual free health fair for southern Nevada families this weekend.

The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Cashman Center. It will be held inside the Las Vegas Science Festival.

People will be able to get free screenings for everything from dental problems to blood pressure and sleep apnea. People will also get a chance for pediatric and vaccine services.

The fair is being organized by United Citizens Foundation and sponsored by Women's Cancer Center and Nevada Heat & Vascular Care.

Besides the screenings, there will be booths offering health information on various illnesses and services.

For more information about the fair, go to ucfoundation.com.

Health Groups Promote Child Immunizations

Health Groups Promote Child Immunizations


Several local health organizations are hoping to get as many children immunized as they can during Nevada Infant Immunization Week, which started April 20.

The Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition, and its health partners, will be sponsoring a vaccine clinic Tuesday at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada.

The clinic is open to children enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children program.

Sponsors hope to highlight the importance of fully immunizing children against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before the age of 2.

For more information about the clinic, go to snicnv.org.