Health and Fitness-They Go Hand in Hand

Why does it seem like the whole world emphasizes the essence of health/fitness so much in our lives? As vital as the water we drink or the air we breathe, health goes hand in hand with fitness. We as humans must contribute to our bodies; nurture it, care for it, and love it to the fullest. As future HEALTH professionals, it’s a given that we must value our bodies and give them what they need to stay healthy and set an example for others. Our overall health is comprised of many factors. There will be times when our bodies seem to want to give out from the strain of the world and there will also be times when our bodies gleams with a golden glow. A key to healthiness is a healthy dose of exercise and healthy eats. There’s no other secret to it! As long as you nourish your body with nutritious goodies and work it out, it will thank you every time and it won’t let you down! How do you like to stay healthy and fit?

The Importance of Meaningful Sleep

Hello Nevada HOSA!  As highly motivated students, we tend to stress over the looming reviews, projects and examinations that are spread throughout our academic careers.  Many are convinced that they must stay up all night to study the handouts, review the unit vocabulary and/or create a magnificent PowerPoint Presentation.  While it is important to study, review, and create, it is equally important, if not more so, to actually call it a night earlier and get some sleep.

If you think about it, sleep is an odd phenomenon.  Studies of it have only recently boomed, and they-while having uncovered many secrets-have merely scratched the surface of the understanding of sleep.  Perhaps the strangest thing of all, scientists have been unable to discern one thing in particular for certain concerning sleep: its purpose.  There are many theories of course. Some point to the idea that sleep’s main purpose is to allow the body and the brain to rejuvenate otherwise weathered physiology and processes.  Then there are scientists who believe that sleep was an evolutionary step to bring about a period of regular energy conservation in an organism.  Further still are scientists who believe that sleep came about so that humans would be able to process cognitive information at a period when no other information was being taken in.

But whatever its purpose, sleep is an undoubtedly necessary process under which all humans must go at a regular interval.  The wake-sleep cycle is dominated by the circadian rhythm—a daily, internal biological clock.  We humans constantly mess with this internal metronome by relishing in artificial light long after the setting of the sun.  It is thought that because of this, we interrupt our circadian rhythm’s natural tendency to adjust itself with apparent light (instead of taking direction from the sun, it takes direction from a light bulb shining brightly in your room as you cram for your Medical Terminology final at midnight).

Finally, we must realize just how important sleep is.  While sleep deprivation has not been the main cause of a reported death yet (one high school student went 11 days without sleep for a science fair project, holding the current world record for longest awake period), sleep deprivation has massive effects on the body and brain.  Going a mere 24 hours without sleep is enough to completely throw off your judgment, planning skills and reaction times, enough so that you may be comparable to a drunk person above the legal limit.  Plus, sleep is not an easy thing to pay off.  This means that you cannot make up missing an entire night of sleep by going on a one-night sleeping “binge.”  It can take up to 2 weeks to pay off your sleeping debt—even from just one night!

So as the fall semester approaches, remember to turn off the light and just sleep.

What It’s Like To Be A Newly Elected State Officer

About three months have passed since the new Nevada State Officers have been inducted. Your fellow officers were grateful and excited to take this challenge and represent Nevada as leaders. They do not simply represent Nevada-they have a lot of hard work to do too! These leaders were given assignments to finish, tasks to fulfill, and an interesting, influential leadership book to read, “The Student Leadership Challenge.”
From signing multiple forms to writing a testimonial, biography, and a speech, your state officers have worked dutifully and devotedly. Although some tasks may be more challenging and time consuming than the others, each assignment, no matter how big or small, is pertinent to the duty of Nevada’s state officer. As an officer, they partook in an officer/parent/advisor call at the end of April. In this call, the state director congratulated the officers for their induction and introduced what will happen throughout the course of their one year term. After about 25 minutes, the call ended with the officers, the parents, and the advisors asking various, important questions pertaining to the year in office.
After a little less than a month, the leaders held their first officer conference call on May 22nd. Conversing about the leadership book and planning for NLC, the officers were able to hold their first successful meeting. But of course, what good is a team if communication never exists? Not only does each officer have a duty to fulfill the tasks given directly for Nevada HOSA, but each of them have a duty to stick as a team for the team. Hoping to congregate as one Nevada HOSA team, they endeavor to greet each other in a determination to succeed in innovating new ideas and positively influencing other HOSA members not as individual officers but as a team.


Nevada HOSA Instagram Challenge

Get connected with your fellow HOSA members and achieve recognition for your chapter through the Nevada HOSA Instagram Challenge!


There will be a total of 10 challenges…one per week until SLC.  For each challenge, you and your fellow chapter members can participate by posting a photo on your Instagram.

The photo must also:

  • Include a hashtag with your chapter name for all of your Instagram challenge posts.  (For example #swcta) You must use a hashtag with your school name in order for your school to get credit for the challenge.
  • Include the hashtag for the challenge of the week (See the challenges below)
  • Tag @NevadaHOSA on your photo

The chapter with the most participation will be recognized at the State Leadership Conference!

Like the Nevada HOSA Facebook Page for continued updates ( and follow Nevada HOSA on Instagram to participate in this challenge (


Week of January 13, 2014

#selfiehosamembers: A selfie challenge with your members and/or members you have yet to meet!

Week of January 20, 2014

#flashbackhosa: Post a picture from past HOSA related events, why was this your favorite memory/event? (Ex: FLX, SLC, NLC,etc.)

Week of January 27, 2014

#slcnecessity : What is one thing you can not live without while competing at SLC? Is it comfort food? A lucky charm? Show us your SLC necessity!

Week of February 3, 2014

#hosateam : Who will you be competing with for your competitive event? Do you have a team, a partner, or are you competing individually? We wish you all the best!

Week of February 10, 2014

#hosagoal: What is your HOSA goal you hope to accomplish? Is it to make it to nationals? Is it to hold an officer position? Let us know!

Week of February 17, 2014

#myhosaevent: What event will you be competing in? Represent your competition! Why did you choose this event? Have you competed in the event previous years? Show your spirit!

Week of February 24, 2014

#chapterspiritchallenge: Represent your chapter proudly! (Ex: showing your chapter t-shirts, HOSA chants, etc.)

Week of March 3, 2014

#mentorappreciationchallenge: Post a picture with an officer/advisor and caption how those people have impacted your life.

Week of March 10, 2014

#competitiveeventchallenge: We want to see you preparing for SLC and your competitive event! Show you and your members hard at work.

Week of March 17, 2014 – Conference Week!

#besthosamemory : What has been your favorite HOSA memory thus far?

Questions?  Contact Casandra Carrasco, 2nd Vice President, at

Nevada HOSA represents at the ACTE Conference 2014

From December 4-7, the 2013 Association of Career and Technical Education held their annual conference.  The Association of Career and Technical Education is the nation’s largest education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information on career and technical education, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders. (

Las Vegas had the honor of hosting the top administrators, teachers and students who were all in Las Vegas for the conference. Your state officers had a chance to attend the conference and represent HOSA as ambassadors and conference helpers.

On the first day 2nd Vice President Casandra Carassco, Secretary Geewoo Kim and Post Secondary Vice President Jessica Wolf checked attendees in for their workshops. While helping with this process, they had a chance to interact with other Nevada CTSO officers. In addition, 1st Vice President Bethanie Cooper and President Joyce Balingit helped with express registration to help all attendees get through the process as smoothly as possible.

On the second day the officers continued to help and were able to attend the expo where they connected with National President Antonio Hernandez and National President Elect Hugo Quezada. They also had the unique opportunity to attend the HOSA luncheon where there was a raffle, awards distributed, and a keynote speaker. After the event, the state officers fulfilled their roles as “hosts” by spending time with the national officers and showing them around the sights of Las Vegas.

The state officers were honored to attend such an amazing conference and were glad the host all of the amazing people who are a part of the Association of Career and Technical Education.

We’d love to visit your chapter!

Hello Nevada HOSA!!

In Nevada HOSA we do this fun and awesome thing where we have State Officers go and visit the different chapters that make Nevada HOSA great; we call them Chapter visits. The State officers want to attend all of the chapters we have around Nevada! So far we have been able to attend Rancho High School, Veterans Tribute CTA, Northwest CTA, and Southwest CTA. During the Chapter visit a number of things can happen: the State officers can run the meeting, talk about a specific item, talk for a little part of the chapter meeting or just hang around the meeting and meet the members that make your chapter awesome! Does your chapter have a special topic that you would want a State Officer to talk about? We would be more than happy to cover it with your chapter. Your Chapter can contact any of the 5 State officers (Joyce, Bethanie, Casandra, Geewoo and Jessica) or Mrs. Tuason to request a visit.

Oh, and don’t worry about having to chose which officer you want-more than one of us could come at a time! We hope to see you chapter soon and don’t forget that SLC is almost here!

FLX Conferences

In November, the State Officers had the amazing opportunity to attend the Fall Leadership Extravaganzas in Las Vegas and Reno where we were able to meet HOSA members all throughout Nevada as well as members and officers of other Career and Technical Student Organizations such as DECA, FBLA, and FCCLA.

We kickstarted the day with a bunch of enthusiastic HOSA members during the opening session. It was so exciting to witness such an incredible crowd. Following the opening remarks were our keynote speakers. In Las Vegas, Kent Julian gave a very empowering presentation that inspired members to be courageous and shine to our fullest potential. He engaged the members by telling stories, playing Simon Says, and by drinking lemonade with chocolate milk. Brittany Parker was the keynote speaker for our Reno conference; she gave a very creative presentation utilizing movies that showed the hidden leadership lessons within them. Every member was fully immersed in her presentation due to the way she used movies we’ve watched in order to apply them to our lives as student leaders.

After our keynote speakers, we attended workshops given by a variety of presenters regarding leadership, teamwork, presentations, service, and advocacy. They were very informative and a great way to meet one another. Later on, we had a networking session followed by a delicious lunch where we continued to meet new people and even took “selfies” for our Instagram!

Next, we had a HOSA meeting that included updates on all things happening in Nevada HOSA. We began each meeting with a spirit competition amongst the chapters. Following this was our Instagram moment where we captured the excitement expressed by all our Nevada HOSA chapters! Afterward, we shared updates regarding social media, postsecondary opportunities, chapter liaisons, chapter visits, and Presidents Council Calls. We then split up into groups to attend mini workshops presented by chapter advisors, our State Advisor, our State Director, and the State Officers. They included information regarding breathing, Healthy Lifestyles, Medical Reading, and the Barbara James Award. Then we voted on the pin designs, and finally – we announced the winners of the Fall Online Testing! We loved seeing the excitement in your eyes as you received your medals! After the HOSA meeting, we ended the day at the closing session.

The two days that I spent meeting hundreds of members were truly amazing. It was so heartwarming to hear of each member’s stories in HOSA and their future plans, and I speak for all the State Officers when I say that HOSA members are definitely the most outgoing, the most active, and the most passionate members out there! Thank you, and we can’t wait to see all of you again at the State Leadership Conference!

Nevada CTSO Advisor Conference

On September 14th, your state officers attended the 2013 advisor conference at the Rio. Advisors from all of the different CTSO’s were invited to attend. During the first part of the day, all the advisors were together and had the chance to talk to each other while all of the state officers introduced themselves. The state officers then had the opportunity to hang out before they all began their duties at the conference.

After meeting each other, the advisors were given lunch and separated by which CTSO they were a part of. All the HOSA advisors went into a room where they were given new information about the upcoming year and what things had changed since the end of last school year. The advisors also had to chance to participate in a competition. Each advisor had 5 minutes to draw something about calling 911 just like the students who compete in extemporaneous health poster.

The state officers were glad to be able to attend the conference and are very grateful for the advisors who attended the conference.

HOSA – Future Health Professionals teaches leadership skills during the Washington Leadership Academy

During a visit to our nation’s capital during HOSA’s 7th annual Washington Leadership Academy, HOSA officers across the nation had the opportunity to listen to the wise words of special guest, Vice Admiral Matthew Nathan 37th Surgeon General of the Navy, learn leadership skills, explore the memorials, and interact with their distinguished fellow state officers.

The Washington Leadership Academy (WLA) was held on September 21-24 2013. HOSA students learned that whether it is facing fears, staying optimistic, or stepping out of your comfort zone, courage is an important aspect of being a leader; it can also mean different things for each individual. During the conference officers received courage pins for carrying out courageous deeds. On the first day, HOSA officers were assigned to create an educational video with their courage groups based on the memorial they were given; on the following day all groups explored the memorials while educating themselves with the videos that other teams made.

These future health professionals toured the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences where they saw a patient simulator in action, toured the facilities, and were educated about the programs and opportunities offered at the University. Later that day, the students had the honor of witnessing a wreath-laying ceremony and paid respects to the heroes that lay in the Arlington National Cemetery. To end the conference, all officers spoke with senators, congressmen, and representatives from their designated states about the organization and its importance.

WLA gives the HOSA state officers a chance to grow, network, learn, and acquire skills to improve their chapters and state and bring back the information they have learned to share with their members. HOSA officers left the conference with excitement for what the future holds, and inspiration as well as courage in their hearts.

NLC 2013-Tuesday, June 25th

Nevada HOSA officers setting up registration

Nevada HOSA officers setting up registration

After landing and settling in, your Nevada HOSA State Officers had the chance to start participating in NLC activities! We had the opportunity to meet and interact with other State Officers from across the country at our first symposium, “HOSA University 301- State Officers”. We learned how to improve our time management skills and the importance of delegation. Shortly after, we made sure to rehearse for our state meeting tomorrow and worked to prepare for a big Nevada HOSA welcome! We ended our day with registration setup and organized state materials and necessities for each school such as badges, pins, and spirit items! We hope to have a successful day tomorrow holding our first state meeting for the 2013-2014 term. Your Nevada HOSA State Officers wish everyone luck and hope you are enjoying your stay here at Nashville, Tennessee.