North Lake Tahoe health and wellness announcements

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Content for the weekly Health and Wellness section is selected from e-mail submissions to Bonanza editor Kevin MacMillan at Please send the 5w’s:, who, what, when, where and why, plus website and contact information.

‘Exercise for Energy’

Free supportive care program in Incline Village. The free six-week class, “Exercise for Energy,” is a supportive care program for current and recovering cancer patients: offering guidance, support, and useful tools to return to and maintain health and wellness. Program begins Oct. 2, to meet Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at IVCH Physical Therapy and Medical Fitness, 333 Village Blvd., Ste. 201 at the corner of Village and Alder, one block from Incline Village Community Hospital. The class will incorporate strengthening, stretching, breathing, balance, cardio, and wellness education. All classes are supportive, medically-managed and taught by health professionals, and will give you the tools you need in a supervised environment. Prescreening is required. For more information and registration, call 775-831-1964, or email

Tahoe SAFE Alliance announces crisis intervention training

Tahoe SAFE Alliance announced the schedule for its eight-week Crisis Intervention Training, which will begin Sept. 10. All volunteers at Tahoe SAFE Alliance who work with clients must successfully complete the Crisis Intervention Training. The full calendar, draft syllabus and volunteer application are available at Interested parties can send an e-mail to or call 775-298-0162. Please apply by Sept. 2. Tahoe SAFE Alliance’s Crisis Intervention Training is an intensive 68-hour course being held at the Reynolds’s Non-Profit Center in Incline Village. Topics covered include: the basics of domestic violence and sexual assault, cultural diversity, substance abuse, legal issues of domestic violence and sexual abuse, acquaintance rape, child abuse, suicide, peer counseling and crisis intervention techniques.

Insights into brain health

The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation will present world-class experts from the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in a free community forum Sept. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village. The Las Vegas medical center is dedicated to the pursuit of effective treatments for brain diseases and state-of-the-art care for patients and families. Community sponsors are the Incline Village Community Hospital, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and the Sierra Sun.

The forum panel will include Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, a clinician and neuroscientist; Dr. Ryan Walsh, an expert in the field of applied and experimental neurotherapeutics; Dr. Timothy West, dedicated to medical education and clinical research; and Dr. Kate Zhong who is leading the clinical and research team conducting trials to advance treatment in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. Space is limited — reserve your space at or call Jean Eick at 775-298-0184.

Doula training

Tahoe’s Connection for Families (TCF) will host a Doula Training Workshop at 761 Northwood Blvd. in Incline Village. A “doula” is a trained and experienced professional who provides physical, emotional and informational support to a mother during pregnancy, through birth, and also provides support during the postpartum period while mother and child bond. Studies have shown when doulas are involved in the birth, labors are shorter with less complications, the babies are healthier and breastfeed more easily.

Join instructor Janine Maitri Sept. 6-8, for a class series on becoming a doula. Introduction to Childbirth, Childbirth Education Class, Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuition: $145. Doula Training Intensive Workshop, Sept. 7 and 8, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuition: $425.

For more information and to register contact Janine Maitri, director and trainer at or call 530-798-3605. Tahoe’s Connections for Families, 775-832-8230 or visit

Tahoe Forest Health System publishes magazine

Tahoe Forest Health System announced the availability of its new Health System Magazine, featuring health news, events, health and wellness and program information, and services available locally. The magazine is published three times per year, and available in downloadable PDF format at

A hard copy of the magazine can be obtained by calling 530-582-6266. Copies are also available throughout Tahoe Forest Hospital, Incline Village Community Hospital, Tahoe Forest Hospital MultiSpecialty Clinic offices in Truckee, the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe Chambers, the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and the Incline Village Visitor Center.

The premier edition features “Saving Lives Every Day,” a profile of four local physicians, cardiologist and internist Tim Lombard, MD; surgeon David Kitts, MD; ER physician Chris Skaff, MD; and Greg Tirdel, MD, who specializes in pulmonology, sleep medicine, internal medicine and critical care. The contributions to the community by Incline Village Community Hospital are also highlighted, as well as health, wellness news, events and program information. For more information about Tahoe Forest Health System visit

Veteran suicide prevention

It is topic mostly ignored and avoided. Nevada has one of the highest suicide rates in the country among veterans, both men and women. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Information from the Nevada Office of Veteran Services.

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