North Lake Tahoe, Incline Village health 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.

Insurance forum for nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations are invited to attend a free informational session of the Non-Profit Management Series beginning Thursday, Jan. 23, noon at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, Nev. Mike Menath of Menath Insurance Agency and a colleague will speak about insuring nonprofits and the Affordable Care Act. No reservations are necessary, everyone is encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. For information contact Megan Weiss at or call 775-298-0188.

Radon: What you don’t know could hurt you

The 2014 monthly lecture series from UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center begins Jan. 28 with a presentation on the dangers of radon. Eric Matus of the Nevada Radiation Control Program will lead a public lecture titled “Radon: What you don’t know could hurt you” beginning at 6 p.m. at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that naturally emanates from rocks, soil and water. Unfortunately, radon can accumulate in a home and can cause serious health problems. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 21,000 people in the United States die from radon-induced lung cancer each year — more than those who die from drunk driving, falls in the home, or secondhand smoke.

Matus will present an overview of radon, where radon originates, where it’s found, what it can do to you, how to test for it and what to do if your home has a radon problem. Free test kits will be offered to Nevada residents.

Eric Matus is a health physicist with the State of Nevada Radiation Control Program, within the Division of Public and Behavioral Health. He assesses and controls unnecessary exposure to ionizing radiation. He holds a B.S. in Environmental and Natural Resource Science from UNR, and studied health physics at Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences is located at 291 Country Club Drive in Incline Village on the campus of Sierra Nevada College.

For more information or directions call 775-881-7566, or visit

Prevent teen relationship abuse

“Hanging Out or Hooking Up” workshops are committed to creating a rich and diverse slate of educational materials for professionals and teen peer leaders to reduce teen relationship abuse. The information and materials provided are appropriate for teens ages 14 to 17, young adults 18 to 24, and adults who work with these age groups.

One goal of this training is to prepare participants to present information on healthy teen relationships and the prevention of relationship abuse.

A “Hanging Out or Hooking Up” workshop is slated for Feb. 8, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, 948 Incline Way in Incline Village.

This training will be hosted by Tahoe SAFE Alliance and provided by the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence (NNADV) at no cost, however participants should bring their own lunch, water and snacks.

Pre-registration is required and must be submitted by Jan. 31, individuals under age 18 will need a parent or guardian’s signature.

For more information or to register visit

Registration forms can be mailed to Tahoe SAFE Alliance, 948 Incline Way Incline Village, NV 89451, ATTN: Kassi Reisbeck, faxed to 775-298-0011 or emailed to

Season for Nonviolence Weekly Meetings

On Wednesdays, Feb. 5-April 9, 6-7 p.m. “Be the Change Visioning and Meditations” will be held at the Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe-Truckee, 700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, above the Tahoe City Marina. Join ministerial student Maggie Wattle and to focus on and create a more peaceful, nonviolent existence for the world. This coincides with the annual Season for Peace and Nonviolence ( Love donation accepted.

“A Season for Nonviolence is a national 64-day educational, media, and grassroots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities. Inspired by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this international event honors their vision for an empowered, nonviolent world.” ( For more information call 530-581-5117.

Tahoe Truckee Youth Suicide Task Force to meet

Feb. 27, 5:3-7:3 p.m., Kings Beach Elementary Cafeteria to review Task Force work and engage lake side families. Contact:

The Know the Signs campaign is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students.

These initiatives are funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

This campaign is intended to prepare individuals to prevent suicide by encouraging them to know suicide warning signs, find the words to offer help, and reach out to local resources.

The Tahoe Truckee Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force has chosen this educational campaign as the main focus for prevention strategies.

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