Carson Tahoe Diabetes Prevention Program “Small Steps. Big Rewards.” Achieves CDC Full Recognition

An estimated 84.1 million adults ages 18 years or older (33.9 percent of U.S. adults) have pre-diabetes and an even greater estimated 30.3 million people have diabetes. Carson Tahoe Health works to do its part in helping fight this epidemic by offering several diabetes education and prevention programs. Its Small Steps. Big Rewards. diabetes prevention program recently earned the prestigious Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Full Recognition.” This designation is reserved for programs that have proven to be effective in consistently delivering a quality, evidence-based program, which meets all the standards dictated by the CDC. Small Steps. Big Rewards. is structured over one year and seeks to help participants make real lifestyle changes. These changes include eating healthier, …


The Power of Plants and How Your Health Can Benefit

Incorporating plants into your home or office provides many benefits beyond just being aesthetically pleasing and creating a peaceful environment; they have the power to affect your mood and your health. Imagine a bare space and then consider how it might feel after it’s transformed with greenery. A space that incorporates office plants and indoor flowers can be more inviting and even benefit your health. Thinking about adding plants to your space can be a fun experience given all the different options. What are the best indoor plants? What will provide the most benefit? What kind of care will be required and how much should you spend? The good news is you don’t need to have a ‘green thumb’ or …


The Mallory Crisis Center: Providing Crucial Mental Health Services for our Community

May is national mental health month, and it is focused on raising awareness about eliminating the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Our nation is facing a widespread mental health crisis, and Northern Nevada is one of the hardest hit areas. In a recent Community Health Needs Assessment, performed by Carson Tahoe Health, mental health and substance use were identified as the region’s top concerns. Not surprisingly, it is also the top diagnosis for emergency room patients. Mental illness is very real, and it affects everyone. At Carson Tahoe Health we believe the mental health of our community is critical, which is why for many years we have provided multiple programs to serve as a safety net for our region. Two …


Sleep Soundly: How to Get Better Sleep and Why it’s Important

There’s no doubt about it – getting enough quality sleep each night is essential to how your body restores itself, the way you feel the next day, and how your brain functions. While you’re stealing some ‘Zzzs,’ your body is hard at work healing damaged cells, boosting your immune system, recharging your cardiovascular system, and recovering from the day. According to the CDC, one in three adults do not receive enough sleep. How much (or how little) sleep you get can adversely affect your quality of life and may lead to health problems like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, or mental distress. Just as you get ready in the morning for the day, it’s important to get …


Dedicated to Donation: The Rising Need for Organ Transplants & Why It’s So Important to Become a Donor

It’s not often that a person can give the gift of life. But by signing up to be an organ donor, they can. With more than 116,000 people on the waiting list to receive an organ transplant, this selfless act gives hope to people waiting for a miracle that could save their life. Becoming an organ donor can do a lot of good for others, and also provides meaning and gratitude for the donor. Just one organ donor can save eight lives. Some of the other statistics might be surprising. According to Donate Life America, more than 138 million people, or about 56 percent of the US adult population, are registered as donors. One tissue donor can help more than …