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HAWC Offers Tobacco Cessation Classes

If quitting smoking was a New Year's resolution, there is a place on base that offers help.

The Health and Wellness Center located in the Warrior Fitness Center is offering tobacco cessation classes to help Airmen and their families quit smoking.

Read more at the Nellis Air Force Base website.

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Clinic Offers Vaccinations and Physicals Ahead of School

Clinic Offers Vaccinations and Physicals Ahead of School

Getting new clothes and school supplies are only part of the preparation kids need for a new school year, they may also need updated immunizations or a physical to play sports, that is where a base clinic comes in.

The Nellis Pediatrics Clinic will be hosting its annual school and sports physicals for children ages 6-17 at the Family Medicine Clinic through the month of August.

Read more in at Nellis Air Force Base website.

Teen Pregnancy Workshops Scheduled in High-Need Areas

Teen Pregnancy Workshops Scheduled in High-Need Areas

 

Workshops aimed at helping parents talk to kids about teen pregnancy are scheduled for later in the month.

The Southern Nevada Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition will host a series of free workshops for parents and guardians interested in talking to their pre-teen and teen children about sexual relationships, preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

The first workshop is scheduled for 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Walnut Cecile Community Center, 3075 Walnut Road.

Study: Military Drinking 'Culture' now a 'Crisis'

Study: Military Drinking 'Culture' now a 'Crisis'

 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new study says substance abuse among troops has become a "public health crisis" and Pentagon methods for dealing with it are outdated.

The study by the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, says about 20 percent of active duty service members reported they drank heavily in 2008, the last year for which data is available. And, binge-drinking rose to 47 percent in 2008 from 35 percent in 1998.

The study says new methods are needed to help troops. Those include better trained counselors and more outpatient care as opposed to relying so heavily on hospitalizations and residential programs.

Scabies Outbreak Reported at Heard Elementary

Scabies Outbreak Reported at Heard Elementary

 

School officials notified parents at Lomie Heard Elementary School on Tuesday that several students were diagnosed with scabies.

Principal Kori Deal sent home a letter informing parents that some students are being treated for the tiny itch mites and asking that any parent suspecting their child might have contracted scabies take them for medical care before returning them to school. Deal also wrote that she requested the school be sprayed with pesticides to kill any remaining mites and rescheduled the school’s open house for September 20.

School district officials referred to the outbreak as “minor,” but one Heard parent wrote on the 8 News Now Facebook page that as many as 40 students are being seen for potential scabies symptoms. Susan Johnson also wrote she feels “the lack of common sense in handling this (situation) is ridiculous. School should be canceled and (it should be treated) instead of creating an epidemic that affects the … troops on base.”

Blood Drive to Honor Sept. 11 Upcoming

Blood Drive to Honor Sept. 11 Upcoming

 

A blood drive designed to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will take place Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In honor of the 11th anniversary of the attacks, the seventh annual “Remember the Fallen” Speedway Children’s Charities Blood Drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s infield media center.

To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Those who donate blood will have the opportunity to win several prizes throughout the day including passes to the Neon Garage for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at LVMS, Exotics Racing Driving Experience packages, and more. All donors will receive two free tickets to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Sept. 29.