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City Approves More Community Gardens


The Las Vegas City Council approved a new ordinance that allows people to set up more community gardens.

Community gardens will now be allowed in certain residential, commercial and industrial zoning districts. The bill was sponsored by Ward 5 Councilman Ricki Barlow. The idea was sparked by the successful Vegas Roots Community Garden, formerly known as the Tonopah Community Garden.

The ordinance hopes to promote healthy food in neighborhoods that are often called “food deserts” because of the lack of grocery stores and nutritious food options.  The bill also allows weekly sales of goods from the gardens.

“Community gardens are becoming more prominent in Las Vegas due to the trend of leading a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. Residents want to grow fresh fruits and vegetables near their home, and this bill will allow for that use to be expanded,” Councilman Barlow said.

Food 4 Less, "Mammovan" Team Up for Breast Cancer Prevention

Food 4 Less, "Mammovan" Team Up for Breast Cancer Prevention


Free and low-cost breast cancer screenings will be offered at local Food 4 Less stores throughout 2012.

Food 4 Less has teamed up with Nevada Health Centers to offer low- to no-cost breast mammograms at selected Food 4 Less locations through the Centers’ Mammovan program.

The Nevada Health Center Mammovan is a mobile mammography van designed to travel to underserved areas of the state to provide mammogram screenings to geographically isolated and/or uninsured women who otherwise might not seek out the service on their own.

The program was made possible in part from a $10,000 grant from Food 4 Less to Nevada Health Centers.

The Mammovan will be offering breast cancer screenings at the following Food 4 Less locations throughout the year:

New Health Card Office Set to Open


A new health card office will soon open in east Las Vegas.

Health card services offered by the Southern Nevada Health District at its East Las Vegas Public Health Center will be unavailable Thursday, Feb. 16 while the program is moved to a new location in the same complex.

The new health cards office, 570 N. Nellis Blvd., Ste. E-12 will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. For more information, visit the health district website, www.SNHD.info.

The East Las Vegas Public Health Center is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (closed on Friday). Services include health cards, birth/death certificates, family planning services (by appointment), children’s exams (by appointment), women’s healthcare services, and immunizations for adults and children.

Health district public health centers are located at: 

Local Schools Choose Healthier Vending Option

Local Schools Choose Healthier Vending Option

A number of Clark County School District high schools now offer healthier vending machine options for their students.

Fresh Healthy Vending is moving into the southern Nevada market and has installed its machines in nine local high schools. All food and drink options stocked in the machines exceed nutritional guidelines for schools, according to company officials.

According to a report in Bloomberg Businessweek, the San Diego-based company "charges franchisees about $11,000 per machine, which they then manage by ordering from Fresh Healthy online and restocking once or twice a week.”

Health District Opens Flu Shot Clinic

Health District Opens Flu Shot Clinic

The sniffs and sneezes of flu season are just a few weeks away. To combat the illness, the Southern Nevada Health District opened its flu shot clinic Monday.

The health district is offering seasonal flu vaccine for $28, the inhaled version for $43 and the new high-dose shot for people over 65 for $53. It is recommended that everyone 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccination. Those at the highest risk should get the vaccine including children under 5, adults 65 and older, and pregnant women. The health district says there is plenty of vaccine for everyone this year.

The vaccine clinics are offered at the health district’s three offices.

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

  • Ravenholt Public Health Center, 625 Shadow Lane

Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Families Endure Long Lines for Back-to-School Vaccines

Families Endure Long Lines for Back-to-School Vaccines

The lines are long at the Southern Nevada Health District as parents scramble to make sure their children’s vaccinations are up to date.

A child that is not fully immunized cannot attend Clark County schools. With school starting Monday, parents have limited time to get the shots they need. Students from kindergarten through college freshman could be in need of new vaccinations.

“We are one of the few states that have a requirement for hepatitis A. Anyone who is new to the school district needs to get their hep A or they will be turned away. This is going to happen. You are going to be turned away. All seventh graders that do not have T-DAP will be sent home. It is the new mandate from three years ago,” said Veronica Morata-Nichols with the Southern Nevada Health District.

The wait has been as long as an hour and a half for parents and students. Some kids have needed one shot while others have needed as many as six.   

Extended Hours for Vaccine Clinics Now Offered

Extended Hours for Vaccine Clinics Now Offered

The Southern Nevada Health District is offering special extended hours and even opening on two Saturdays to accommodate families who need to get their children vaccinated in time for school. 

Starting Monday through August 26 the Ravenholt Public Health Center on Shadow Lane will be open until 6 p.m. for vaccinations. The extended hours are just for immunizations no other health district business will be provided after 4:30 p.m.  The health district will also offer vaccination-only clinic hours on Saturday, August 20 and Saturday, August 27., between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

At the East Las Vegas Public Health Clinic on Nellis Boulevard and the Henderson Public Health Center on Lake Mead Parkway will be open for school vaccinations-only on Friday, August 26. from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.