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Saving Lives, Leaving a Legacy

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The Gift of Organ and Tissue Donation
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“You just never know when organ donation is going to affect your family.” ~ John Lilley
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The team at Donor Network West has a heroic goal: to remind people of the importance of a single conversation that can save up to 75 lives. 

Yes, this is an article on a website called “Just the Positive”; so why are we talking about organ/tissue donation, which is presumably something that happens once a person has died? 

Because donation has everything to do with life. 

In fact, every person who registers as a donor has the ability to save or heal eight lives through organ donation and 75 lives through tissue donation. We think those are extraordinarily positive, even heroic numbers. 

Running (and Hiking, Skiing and Pedaling) Towards a Healthier Community

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Wed, 08/28/2019 - 13:51

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“We have a particular focus on encouraging youth and women to participate in the sport and Andy’s support has meant these groups can participate at little or no cost.” -Jenny Frayer, Reno Wheelmen Treasurer
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While all healthcare professionals play a role in health of their community, one Reno doctor goes the extra mile – literally – when it comes to supporting health, fitness and quality of life.

Add sousaphone player and marching band founder to the resume of this Reno doctor and philanthropist who has been helping people and organizations feel better and accomplish for more than 20 years.

When a Temple Becomes a Restaurant

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Wed, 08/21/2019 - 17:47

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“You put compassionate energy out, and then people come together who wouldn’t normally be together.” * Reverend Matthew Fisher
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The Moon Rabbit Café offers gourmet dining, while also helping to strengthen our community.

If you look carefully, you’ll see a rabbit in the moon instead of a man. The rabbit is the focus of a Buddhist Jataka tale, which are stories of Buddha’s previous lives. In one story, “The Rabbit in the Moon,” Buddha was reborn as a selfless rabbit, who eventually promised to sacrifice himself so that others could eat.

Every Father Can Be a Great Dad

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:02

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Sometimes it takes a little help.
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“Otto taught me I can be a man of integrity, what that entails and how to practically live that. And my family is worth that.” *Tim McGivney
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We’ve all heard that parenting is the most important job we can have, but it rarely comes with training to help us be better at it. The Dad-E Academy is stepping in to help Northern Nevada fathers improve their dad skills.

Parenting can be difficult under the best of circumstances. But it becomes infinitely harder when you didn’t have a parent around to model those skills for you, you have a challenging relationship with the other parent, you become a parent earlier than you were planning or you experience any of the various complications that go along with being part of a family.

New Resource for Seniors Struggling with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder

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Submitted by don.butterfield_351 on Mon, 08/12/2019 - 16:59

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“Happiness and quality of life should never have to be sacrificed. This program is designed to help older adults to transition through life’s journey with dignity.” * Novia Anderson, Ph.D., LCSW, Director of Clinical Services at Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital
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In response to the epidemic of suicide in older adults, Transitions offers an inpatient program exclusively for older adults in Reno that treats both mental health and addiction.

Tragically, Nevada has the highest elderly suicide rate in the nation according to America’s Health Rankings. In Nevada, there were 50 deaths by suicide per 100,000 people in the 75-84 age bracket, compared to the U.S. rate of 18.1 per 100,000. Nevada sees significantly more deaths by suicide per 100,000 for all age groups 55 and over.

How One Gym is Strengthening an Entire Community

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 18:23

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“It’s not my gym, it’s our gym.” * Grieg Jameson, Founder, Upstate Nevada
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A Reno gym is removing barriers to fitness for those who are not catered to by most fitness facilities, and the entire community is befitting.

On a Thursday in June, Cisco Rodriguez leads a group through a series of boxing jabs at the Upstate Nevada CrossFit gym. The group includes an elderly white-haired man in blue jeans and suspenders who looks like he wandered in off a ranch and a fit middle-aged woman in a tank top and workout tights who could have been plucked from a local yoga studio. This is Rock Steady, a boxing fitness program for those with Parkinson’s.

One Step at a Time

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Submitted by mcraddock_398 on Thu, 07/18/2019 - 01:50

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Stacy York Lends a Hand to Storey County Seniors
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Why she chooses to work with seniors? “Knowing I am helping someone who cannot always help themselves.” * Stacy York
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Born and raised in the heart of Northern Nevada, Stacy York is filling gaps within our community to better serve those who may need extra resources.

Just under a year ago, my family and I migrated to Virginia City, Nevada. The social aspect of this community is very understanding and welcoming to those who wander through. Through newfound connections in the community, I had the opportunity to meet and interview a very warm-hearted individual. This individual is the director of the local Virginia City senior center. Stacy York is a very talented professional who has successfully begun to fill gaps within the community to better serve our elders.   

Walking — It Does A Body Good

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Tue, 07/16/2019 - 18:56

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“Walking in the forest surrounded by trees and singing birds refreshes and gladdens the mind, body and spirit.”” * Joseph G.
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Walking is so simple, yet so powerful when it comes to maintaining our mental and physical health.
When you’re looking to improve your health, there are endless exercise options — from CrossFit and mountain biking to hot yoga and trail running. But to the surprise of many, walking can be just as effective (and in some cases, more so) at getting us fit — both inside and out — as other forms of exercise.

Five-Star Physical Benefits

When it comes to losing weight, improving cardiac health, endurance, circulation and posture, walking gets five stars. The science supports it, and our Just the Positive (JTP) Facebook community agrees.

Birthday Parties with Extra Meaning

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 07/16/2019 - 15:54

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“Every child deserves to be celebrated on their birthday." * Linda Grace
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The community helps create fun celebrations every month for the families living at the Family Shelter.

Birthday parties are an integral part of growing up. They’re a chance to be special for a day, spend time with friends, eat fun food and of course, get presents. But for some children whose parents are struggling with homelessness, a birthday celebration can be pushed to the bottom of the priority list.

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