WGU Takes on College-Readiness Gap with Launch of WGU Academy

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New entity will leverage WGU’s success in student support to prepare students for college studies

The nonprofit Western Governors University (WGU) today announced the creation of WGU Academy, an independent operating unit established to help solve the growing college-readiness gap. WGU Academy’s courses and programs will provide aspiring students with an affordable, low-risk onramp that prepares them for college success either at WGU or at other institutions.

“This is a remarkable new effort that will help numerous individuals who need a boost as they seek college degrees,” said WGU Nevada Chancellor Spencer Stewart. “As the characteristics of today’s college students have changed, so must the means of serving them.”

While nearly 70 percent of high school graduates enroll in college, 26 percent drop out in their first year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And among the 20 million individuals enrolled, according to Higher Learning Advocates, more than 41 percent are over 25 years old, 55 percent are financially independent, and 26 percent are parents. Additionally, there are 80 million adults who need access to post-secondary credentials to be readied for the future of work.

WGU Academy will leverage WGU’s success in serving contemporary students, especially in underserved populations, and provide personalized learning onramps that improve individuals’ progress, persistence, and attainment in their college-level programs.

“Higher education remains the surest pathway to opportunity and social mobility, but for many, lack of adequate preparation puts a college degree out of reach,” said WGU President Scott Pulsipher. “At WGU, where the average student age is 36 and more than 70 percent of our students are part of at least one underserved population, we have learned how to create flexible, personalized learning experiences that lead to great outcomes. WGU Academy will provide courses and coaching that strengthen academic and noncognitive competencies to prepare these individuals for the learning demands of college.”

WGU Academy courses will be delivered in an online, competency-based format similar to the WGU learning model. Students will enroll in customized programs of two or more college-level courses that typically include a writing course and one or more courses in math, general education, or introductory-level classes focused on desired degree paths.

In addition to college-level courses, WGU Academy offers the Program for Academic and Career Advancement (PACA). Modeled on a nationally recognized social and emotional learning course used by WGU for several years, the course provides group sessions, peer interaction, and one-to-one coaching to build confidence and college persistence.

While WGU Academy’s initial startup will focus on prospective students who are not yet ready for admission to WGU, the organization intends to seek partnerships with other institutions and organizations to scale its impact. The goal is to serve hundreds of thousands of students who need foundational college-readiness competencies and empower them with a greater chance for success upon enrollment—whether at WGU or at another college or university.

In the initial program aligned to WGU, students who attend WGU Academy will pay a monthly fee rather than committing to a full term of tuition. With an expected median completion time of three months, most students will complete their Academy program for less than $500. Initial enrollment in WGU Academy will begin May 1, 2019.

WGU Academy is led by Patrick G. Partridge, who serves as the organization’s president. Partridge joined WGU and led the university’s successful student outreach, enrollment, and admissions operations for more than 15 years.

“College readiness—or the lack of it—is one of the primary barriers to opportunity for many Americans, particularly those who are part of underserved or disadvantaged populations,” said Partridge. “It is estimated that U.S. colleges spend $7 billion a year on remediation programs, with nearly half of incoming students at four-year public institutions enrolling in at least one remedial course. WGU Academy will provide an affordable—and scalable—solution by closing the gap in college readiness.”

Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Nursing Now Accepting Applications for New Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner Program

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The College of Nursing at Roseman University of Health Sciences has expanded its nursing degree offerings with the creation of a Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. The MSN/FNP is a 23-month, full-time asynchronous online program that prepares students to sit for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) certification exam required for licensure. Applications are now being accepted for enrollment in the inaugural class, slated to start in January 2020.

“Roseman University’s new MSN/FNP program is designed specifically for nurses who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and are ready to fill the growing need for highly skilled advanced practice nurses,” said Brian Oxhorn, BS, MS, PhD, Dean of the College of Nursing. “The program will offer working nurses the opportunity to work full-time, attend class online, the potential to complete clinical hours where they live, and finish their master’s degree in just under two years.”

Roseman University’s MSN/FNP program focuses on preparing nurses to deliver comprehensive healthcare for families and family members across all ages, body systems and diseases and to deliver a range of acute, chronic and preventive healthcare services. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, MSN/FNP students learn to perform advanced patient care with key job functions that include delivering immunizations, screening and diagnostic testing, prescribing appropriate medications as part of a treatment plan, as well as offering personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Roseman University College of Nursing teaches students using its Six-Point Mastery Learning Model, an education system that promotes high levels of achievement, with a focus on mastery of content. A block curriculum allows students to study full-time while maintaining a full-time job as a nurse, and incorporates evidence-based research, theory and practice with local clinical hours.

Information about the Roseman University College of Nursing’s MSN/FNP program can be found online at nursing.roseman.edu. In addition to the new MSN/FNP program, the college offers an on-campus, 18-month Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a hybrid, online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program that can be completed in 16 to 17 months. Roseman University College of Nursing BSN and ABSN programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The College of Nursing intends to pursue initial accreditation for the MSN/FNP program through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Touro University Nevada Medical Students Achieve 100% Match Rate/Residency Placement During Match Day

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The Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine celebrated incredible news after having a 100% residency match/placement rate for the soon-to-be graduates of the Class of 2019.

The celebration began inside The Terrace on March 15 when the Class of 2019 and their families filled the room for the inaugural College of Osteopathic Medicine Match Party.

Students were called in alphabetical order to pick up their envelopes, the specialty, and location of their residency inside. Before they opened their envelopes, Dr. Wolfgang Gilliar, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, asked the students to take in the moment and think about how much work it took for them to get there, and to thank those who helped them achieve this goal.

Following the brief moment of anxious silence, screams could be heard throughout the room as students found out where they will do their residencies.

“I’m so relieved that I was able to match here in Las Vegas,” said Mahdika Underwood, who will do her residency in Pediatrics. “I had received offers from California and Florida, but my family and I love it here, so we are thrilled to be staying.”

Not only did the College of Osteopathic Medicine have a 100% match/residency placement rate, more than 20% of the students will stay in Nevada to complete their training.

Aaron Prado, who matched in his first choice of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Cincinnati, credited his classmates and faculty for helping him achieve his dreams.

“I can’t thank Touro enough for getting me to this point. It’s been an absolute pleasure to be here,” he said. “I’m so excited for all of the support they’ve given us to get to this moment, as well as the support they’ll give us in the future.”

Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium Opens New Multi-Discipline Simulation Center

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SIM Center Supports Resident Education and Physician Development with equipment such as Virtual Reality

The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView Hospital, today celebrated the opening of its Simulation Center, an interactive learning facility where residents can practice and hone their skills.

The facility, open 24-7 to compliment full-access learning, includes tools such as “SIM Mom” and “SIM Man” and robotic surgery. The center is also home to a virtual reality console, one of two in North America.

The Sunrise Health SIM Center was supported in part through a grant from the State of Nevada to further physician development and resident educational opportunities in our state. 

“While there are other SIM Centers in the valley, the Sunrise Health GME SIM Center is unique in that it is based at the hospital, allowing residents to visit the center at any time,” said Dr. Ferenc Puskas, Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium Designated Institutional Official. “SIM Centers are impactful when they are used. With the proximity to the hospital and the GME resident offices and the unique equipment available to train with, our residents are able to garner the most benefit from the center.”

Brian Mitchell, Director of the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology said: “Graduate Medical Education is an important part of Nevada’s strategy to grow its physician workforce and increase access to high-quality healthcare.  We’re excited to partner with Sunrise Health to provide new residency programs and state-of-the-art simulation for Nevada’s next generation of doctors.”

Residents, as part of their chosen specialty, must work through the SIM Center curriculum, using the different equipment. Training includes everything from a simulation of a mom giving birth, to robotic and laparoscopic surgeries. The virtual reality module offers an immersive learning experience, using a virtual reality station with goggles and an ultrasound probe.

The Simulation Center curriculum and equipment encompasses the following:

• Robotic surgical simulation console

• 3D Systems/Simbionix Ultrasound Mentor

• Laparoscopic virtual reality

• Endoscopic virtual reality

• SimMan and SimMom

• Blue Phantom ultrasound-able training models

• Two fully equipped patient rooms

• Debriefing room

• Laparoscopic simulation room

• Surgical procedure lab

• All rooms are able to convert to simulated operating room

“We are thankful to the state of Nevada for its grant that assisted in building and equipping the GME SIM Center,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “The future growth of graduate medical education in our state will take a community effort, as we strive to recruit and retain the brightest residents in Nevada.”


Valley Hospital Celebrates Graduate Medical Education

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June 28 White Coat Ceremony Welcomes New Residents, Fellows

60 Percent of Graduating Class to Remain in Las Vegas

On June 28, 2018, Valley Hospital welcomed a new class of 24 medical residents and four Fellows with a traditional White Coat Ceremony.  The White Coat Ceremony is considered a rite of passage in the journey toward becoming a physician.  It marks the medical student’s transition from the study of preclinical health sciences to clinical service.  As part of the Ceremony, short white coats of a medical student are discarded and long white coats of a physician are officially presented.  The long white coat is the symbol of physician clinical service.

Since 2006, Valley Hospital has offered physician residencies and fellowships for physicians-in-training after they complete medical school, known as graduate medical education. Valley Hospital has watched its physician graduates open or join private practices, work as hospitalists, continue their medical training with the military, or enter fellowships for further specialized training.

Valley Hospital offers residency programs in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology and Orthopedic Surgery, along with Fellowships in Gastroenterology and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine.

“A residency program not only trains new physicians, but it introduces them to their network of referring physicians and future patients,” said Elaine Glaser, CEO of Valley Hospital. “A 2017 report from the American Association of Medical Colleges showed that 54.5 percent of physicians who completed residency training from 2007 through 2016 are practicing in the state where they completed their residency program.* That’s an important statistic as the local healthcare community works to recruit and retain physicians to meet Southern Nevada’s growing demand for providers.”

Statistics from Valley Hospital’s graduating class include:

Overall, 60 percent of Valley Hospital’s graduating residents and fellows will remain in Las Vegas to work in private practice, as hospitalists, in outpatient clinics, and with local Fellowship opportunities at Valley Hospital (Gastroenterology or Pulmonary/Critical Care) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Two of four graduating Fellows (50 percent) are entering private practice in Las Vegas with specialties in gastroenterology or pulmonary/critical care.

Nearly 40 percent of the graduating Residents have been accepted into Fellowship Programs.

With its second graduating class, the orthopedic surgery residency maintains its 100 percent Fellowship acceptance rate with graduates being accepted at the University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Fellowship, in Philadelphia, PA and the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship, Beacon Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH.

Other Valley Hospital residents have been accepted to out-of-state fellowship programs in:

  • Infectious Diseases Fellowship, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, TN
  • Kaiser Permanente Southern California Nephrology Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA
  • Banner University Medical Center Phoenix Endocrinology & Metabolism Fellowship, Phoenix, AZ

“I’m proud that our program has developed outstanding physicians who have been accepted to well-known fellowships,” said Glaser. “It speaks to the quality of our physician leadership, faculty and program.”

*Source: https://www.aamc.org/data/484732/report-on-residents-2017-c6table.html

MountainView Hospital Welcomes 2018 Class of Medical Residents During White Coat Ceremony

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The 2018 Residency Class Includes Numerous New Programs

The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium this week welcomed its 2018 residents to MountainView Hospital.

The class of 2018 includes residents in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, OB-GYN, Transitional Year and the inaugural classes of Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine. This is MountainView’s third class of residents, with the program launch in 2016.

The white coat ceremony is a tradition to welcome new residents to the facility and present them with their first long physician’s coat. The symbol of the white coat is a promise that its wearer has made each and every patient whom he or she encounters: the promise to heal and to care.

“This is the coat you will reach for when you go to deliver your newest patient, and you will grab it when you go to say goodbye to a patient, and everything in between,” Dr. John Nunes, MountainView Chief Medical Officer, said during the white coat ceremony. “You have earned this coat through hard work, and will continue to earn it each day as you wear it in service to your patients.”

The class of 2018 Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium residents includes:

·         Anesthesiology (inaugural class): 6

·         Emergency Medicine (inaugural class): 9

·         Internal Medicine: 20

·         Obstetrics/Gynecology: 6

·         Surgery: 9

·         Transitional Year: 13

“These new residents join MountainView Hospital during an exciting time of growth and transformation, as we continue to grow our service lines and expand the hospital footprint to meet the needs of our community,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “Our goal with today’s white coat ceremony is to welcome these residents into the MountainView family and bring them into our culture of caring and commitment.”

This year, Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium’s program received a significant amount of applications for a limited number of positions. To list a few, the Internal Medicine residency program received 2,500 applications for 20 positions and General Surgery received 906 for nine positions.

MountainView Hospital launched its Graduate Medical Education program in 2015 with the accreditation of its Internal Medicine Residency Program from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), welcoming its first residents in 2016. Since that time, MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center received approval from the ACGME to join forces under the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium, and continued to receive accreditation for General Surgery, Family Medicine, OB-GYN, Transitional Year, Emergency Medicine, and Anesthesiology.

Together with Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, the Sunrise Health Consortium welcomed 84 new residents in early July in several residency programs, including Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, OB/GYN and Transitional Year. Following the incoming classes at both locations, there will be 153 Sunrise Health GME Consortium residents.

The physician shortage has hit the state of Nevada, which ranks 47 out of 50 states in number of physicians per capita with only 200 physicians per 100,000 residents (the state median is 257.6). To address this issue, the Sunrise Health GME Consortium, through its MountainView, Southern Hills, and Sunrise hospitals, is strengthening Nevada’s physician pipeline by training new physicians to care for our communities. Providing residency programs to retain and attract new physicians to Nevada is integral to increasing the physician base in the state.

MountainView Hospital Matches First Pharmacy Resident Program Class

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MountainView Hospital recently announced its first class of Pharmacy residents for the Pharmacy Residency Program beginning in July 2018.

The announcement was made during the annual Phase I of the Match results day – when postgraduate year one or two pharmacy students learn where they will be spending the next year or two as pharmacy residents.

The talented group of three residents will be the first class of postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residents at MountainView Hospital.

MountainView Hospital’s Pharmacy Residency Program received 64 applicants for three positions. Of the 64 applicants, 20 were invited for an onsite interview.  All three positions were filled by matching with three of their top five candidates through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) National Matching Services.

MountainView’s inaugural class will include:

Peter Froio is a Doctor of Pharmacy candidate for 2018 with Roseman University in Henderson, Nevada. Froio not only goes to school in Las Vegas, he also grew up in Las Vegas. He currently works at Sunrise Hospital as a pharmacy technician while doing clinical rotations throughout the valley. His professional interests span the scope of acute hospital practice.

Anita Lee is studying for her Doctor of Pharmacy at Southern Illinois University, where she also completed her pre-pharmacy coursework. While at Southern Illinois University, she also competed at tennis on the Division I level. Anita has interests in critical care, cardiology, infectious diseases and academia. Lee is originally from Las Vegas.

Jamal Sims is a Doctor of Pharmacy candidate, also from Southern Illinois University. He has served as the School of Pharmacy Class of 2018 President since he began pharmacy school in 2014. Jamal is interested in academia, ambulatory care and oncology.

“We are very excited to welcome and meet our first class of Pharmacy residents,” said Francisca Akoh, Residency Program Director at MountainView Hospital. “Our program provides highly specialized rotations that aren’t always present or easy to find all in one program, and brings a diverse pool of clinical pharmacist preceptors from around the country whose diverse and wide range of experiences make the residency program rich.”

This year, 6,505 applicants enrolled in the Match for PGY1 pharmacy positions and 5,236 applicants participated in the Match, according to an official summary report of Phase I Match for positions beginning in 2018 provided by ASHP[i].

The ASHP is responsible for establishing the rules of the Match and monitoring the Match. The administration and conduct of the Match is carried out on behalf of ASHP by National Matching Services Inc.

MountainView Hospital’s Pharmacy Residency program is separate from the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium and is solely based at MountainView Hospital.


May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

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Hepatitis is a leading cause of liver cancer and affects millions of people in the United States, many of whom are not aware they are infected. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and a reminder and opportunity to discuss hepatitis risk factors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Hepatitis Awareness information also includes a Hepatitis Risk Assessment and encourages people to discuss their risks with a health care provider.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that may have no symptoms and may not be detected for many years. Chronic hepatitis infections are a leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. An estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis. There are immunizations to protect against hepatitis A and B, and as a result, hepatitis A cases have declined dramatically.

According to the CDC, hepatitis B disproportionately affects Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States with about one in 12 infected with the virus. Although they make up less than 5 percent of the United States’ population, they account for more than half of Americans living with hepatitis B infection. Additionally, two in three of those infected are unaware as people can live with hepatitis B for many years without having any symptoms. Hepatitis B can be transmitted from a mother to her baby and can also be sexually transmitted.

People born between 1945 and 1965 should get tested for hepatitis C. Baby boomers are five times more likely to have hepatitis C than other adults. About 50 percent of people with hepatitis C infection are unaware they have it because they can be asymptomatic for decades. Many people with hepatitis C have no reported risk factors. Hepatitis C is more common among people who received blood transfusions or organ transplants before 1992 and injection drug users. The CDC recommends that anyone with a history of injection drug use or unprotected sexual contact with multiple partners also be tested for hepatitis B and C. There are approximately 3.2 million people with chronic hepatitis C in the United States with about 29,700 new infections each year. Both chronic hepatitis infections can be treated, and hepatitis C in particular has a very good success rate.

Throughout May, hepatitis C screenings will be available from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday at The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, 401 S. Maryland Parkway as well as immunizations for hepatitis A and B for at-risk adults. For more information, contact The Center, (702) 733-9800. Hepatitis C screenings are also available each Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Trac-B Exchange, 6114 W. Charleston Blvd. For more information, contact Trac-B, at (702) 840-6693.

In addition, the CDC estimates that about 25 percent of HIV-positive people are also infected with hepatitis C, and between 50 percent and 90 percent of injection drug users with HIV infection also have hepatitis C. HIV co-infection more than triples the risk for liver disease, liver failure, and liver-related deaths from hepatitis C.

Access information about the Southern Nevada Health District on its website: www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict, YouTube: www.youtube.com/SNHealthDistrict, and Twitter: www.twitter.com/SNHDinfo. The Health District is available in Spanish on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TuSNHD. Don’t have a Twitter account? Follow the Health District on your phone by texting “follow SNHDinfo” to 40404. Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website: www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.



Health District Reports First Human West Nile Case

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The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting its first human case of West Nile virus in Southern Nevada in 2017. The individual, a male over the age of 50, has the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness. The Health District will not provide additional information regarding this individual. There were two reported West Nile cases and three cases of St. Louis Encephalitis, a similar mosquito-borne illness, in 2016.

“Mosquito bites and the diseases spread by infected mosquitoes are preventable,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Health District. “Southern Nevada residents can take preventive measures against mosquito bites and simple steps to eliminate mosquito breeding sources around their homes to protect themselves, their families, and communities.”

West Nile virus is spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes that have acquired the virus by feeding on infected birds. The illness is not spread person to person. Many people with the virus will have no symptoms or very mild clinical symptoms of illness. Mild symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach, and back. In some cases, the virus can cause severe neurologic illness and even death.

The Southern Nevada Health District’s Vector Surveillance Program regularly tests mosquito pools for West Nile, St. Louis Encephalitis, and Western Equine Encephalitis. To date, 444 mosquito traps have been set and 10,074 mosquitoes submitted to the Nevada Department of Agriculture Animal Disease Laboratory for analysis. All mosquitoes submitted have been negative for disease. The program also conducts surveillance for Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, the two species known to spread the Zika virus. These mosquitoes have not been detected in Southern Nevada, but have been found in neighboring states.

The Health District recommends the following to prevent mosquito bites and to eliminate breeding sources:

·         Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellants containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or 2-undecanone.

·         Wear pants and long-sleeved shirts to reduce mosquito exposure when outdoors.

·         Eliminate areas of standing water around your home, including non-circulating ponds,

“green” swimming pools, and accumulated sprinkler runoff, which support mosquito breeding.

Additional prevention tips are available on the CDC’s Prevent Mosquito Bites webpage.

Travel associated cases of the Zika virus have been reported in Clark County residents, as well as one case that was sexually transmitted. The Zika virus can also be spread from a mother to her baby during pregnancy. Infection during pregnancy can cause a birth defect called microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects.

For more information on Zika virus, travel precautions, and special precautions for pregnant women, visit the CDC’s Zika Virus website. Go to the Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance webpages for information about surveillance activities, prevention tips, and more. For additional information on eliminating breeding sources, access the CDC’s Controlling Mosquitoes at Home webpage.

Access information about the Southern Nevada Health District on its website: www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict, YouTube: www.youtube.com/SNHealthDistrict, and Twitter: www.twitter.com/SNHDinfo. The Health District is available in Spanish on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TuSNHD. Don’t have a Twitter account? Follow the Health District on your phone by texting “follow SNHDinfo” to 40404. Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website: www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.


Winning Schools in the 10th Coaches Health Challenge Get Visits from UNLV Coaches

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Encouraging kids to eat more fruit and vegetables and to be physically active is the annual goal of the Coaches Health Challenge. This year, students from 210 Clark County School District elementary schools participated in the program and earned a record-breaking 460,378 points – each point equals a serving of fruit, vegetables, or 15 minutes of physical activity. For their efforts, a UNLV head coach will visit each of the winning classrooms to congratulate the students for their efforts and to encourage them to continue to make healthy choices and to be physically active.

The annual Coaches Health Challenge is a collaborative effort between the Southern Nevada Health District, the Clark County School District, and UNLV Athletics. The Challenge encourages grade-school children to choose healthy food and to participate in physical activity. Each year, the winning classrooms receive tickets to UNLV sporting events in addition to the grand prize winning classrooms receiving a visit from a UNLV head coach.

A UNLV head coach will be visiting the following Coaches Health Challenge winning classroom:

·         2nd Grade – Mack Elementary School: Men’s basketball head coach Marvin Menzies, 8:30 a.m. Wed. May 3, Mack Elementary 3170 Laurel Ave Henderson, NV 89014

For information about the annual Coaches Health Challenge program or tips about adopting a healthy lifestyle, visit Get Healthy Clark County or call the Southern Nevada Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at (702) 759-1270. 

Access information about the Southern Nevada Health District on its website: www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict, YouTube: www.youtube.com/SNHealthDistrict, and Twitter: www.twitter.com/SNHDinfo. The Health District is available in Spanish on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TuSNHD. Don’t have a Twitter account? Follow the Health District on your phone by texting “follow SNHDinfo” to 40404. Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website: www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.