Smoke-Free Housing Directory for Clark County

Secondhand smoke exposure is a serious issue, and one that is especially common in homes that have shared ventilation systems or where smoke can seep through windows, doors and vents.

The Smoke-Free Housing Directory was created to highlight apartment and condominium communities in Clark County that offer smoke-free housing options for residents. The directory is organized by Property Type and Location. To be included in the directory, management has self-reported that one or more buildings are 100 percent free of smoke infiltration. Smoking on these properties may be allowed on patios or in other outdoor spaces.

We will continue to keep this directory updated with smoke-free housing options in Clark County to help you protect yourself and your family from secondhand smoke exposure by finding a safe, smoke-free place to call home.

The tenants’ response at these buildings has been very positive. If you own, manage or know about other smoke-free apartments in Clark County, emailTobaccoProgram@snhdmail.org or call (702) 759-1270.

National Farmers Market Week is August 7 – 13

In an effort to encourage all Southern Nevadans to visit local farmers markets and access seasonal fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet, the Health District and its partner Wholesome Wave are continuing a nutrition incentive program for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients.

Clients can swipe their EBT card at a participating farmers market and use their SNAP benefits to purchase SNAP-eligible foods. For every $5 swiped, SNAP beneficiaries will get an additional $2 to purchase fruits and vegetables. The program will continue through December or until grant funds are expended. SNAP beneficiaries can visit the information booth at participating farmers markets to learn more.

Since 2010, the Health District has been working to increase access to healthy foods by partnering with local farmers markets to support their efforts to become authorized to accept SNAP benefits. Many farmers markets in Southern Nevada now welcome SNAP benefits.

Sunday August 7th:
•Fresh52: Sansone Park Place (9480 S. Eastern Avenue) from 8:30 am – 2 pm
•On The Ranch: Craig Ranch Regional Park from 9 am – 1 pm

Tuesday August 9th:
•Vegas Roots Community Garden (715 N. Tonopah Drive) from 9 am – 1 pm

Wednesday August 10th:
•Las Vegas Farmers Market: Bruce Trent Park (1600 N. Rampart Blvd) from 2 pm – 6 pm
•Vegas Roots Community Garden (715 N. Tonopah Drive) from 9 am – 1 pm

Thursday August 11th:
•Las Vegas Farmers Market: Gardens Park (10401 Gardens Park Drive) from 2 pm – 6 pm
•Vegas Roots Community Garden (715 N. Tonopah Drive) from 9 am – 1 pm

Friday August 12th:
•Downtown 3rd: North Casino Center & Stewart from 9 am – 2 pm ( SNAP available soon)

Saturday August 13th
•Fresh52: Tivoli Village (302 S. Rampart Blvd.) from 9 am – 2 pm
•Veggie Buck Truck (Mobile Market): Vegenation (616 East Carson Ave) from 10 am – 2 pm
•Vegas Roots Community Garden (715 N. Tonopah Drive) from 9 am – 1 pm
 
For more information about this program or farmer’s markets in Southern Nevada visit Get Healthy Clark County

 

Serving Sizes vs Portion Sizes

Healthy eating includes making healthful food choices, which means knowing what and how much you eat. Do you know the difference between serving and portion sizes? While the terms serving and portion often are used interchangeably, they actually mean different things.

A “serving” is the amount of food recommended in consumer education materials such as MyPlate. A “portion” is the amount of a food you choose to eat at any one time — which may be more or less than a serving.

Here are some everyday comparisons to help you figure out your serving sizes.
•1 teaspoon of margarine is the size of one dice
•3 ounces of meat is the size of a deck of cards
•1 cup of pasta is the size of a baseball
•1½ ounces of cheese is the size of four stacked dice
•½ cup of fresh fruit is the size of a tennis ball

To overcome portion distortion and to downsize your helpings, try these tips.
•Eat from a plate, not a package, so you know how much you eat.
•Use smaller dishes, such as a lunch plate for your dinner, so less looks like more.

Once you get a good sense of serving sizes, you can compare them to the portions you eat and make any necessary modifications.

Healthy twist to popsicles!

Looking for a cool treat that kids can enjoy? Try a healthier twist to popsicles! These delicious and healthy treats are perfect on a hot afternoon or a fun summer bbq dessert. Not only are these treats yummy, they are healthier than traditional store bought ice creams and popsicles. By adding fresh fruit juices and/ or coconut water, the sugar content is drastically reduced. That makes these popsicles healthy substitutes.

Making these popsicles can be done in a cinch! All you will need are:

-Popsicle molds or plastic cups
-Popsicle Sticks
-Chopped fruit (Strawberries, pineapples, blueberries, kiwis, etc.)
-A healthy fruit juice of your choice (orange juice, coconut water, pineapple juice)

Add fruit and juice together in a mold or cup. Add a popsicle stick.  Place in the freezer until solid.

Get as creative as you’d like with adding other fruits and herbs to your popsicles. Make as many recipies as you can think to try.  You can try adding strawberries, pineapples, and blueberries with coconut water or give grapes, orange slices, and kiwis with pineapple juice.

Senior Fall Prevention

Many falls and fall-related injuries can be prevented. The risk of falling can be reduced by following these tips:

Exercise regularly
-People are stronger and feel better when they exercise.
-Exercises that improve balance and coordination (like Tai Chi) are the most helpful.
-Ask your doctor or health care provider about the best type of exercise program for you.
-Visit the Get Moving web page for tips and resources on beginning an exercise routine.

Half of all falls happen at home. To make your home safer: 

-Remove items from stairs and walkways to prevent tripping.
-Remove throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep rugs from slipping.
-Keep items used often within easy reach. Avoid using step stools.
-Install grab bars next to the toilet, tub and shower.
-Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and shower.
-Improve the lighting. Use lamp shades or frosted bulbs to reduce glare.
-Install handrails and lights on staircases.
-Wear shoes with good support and non-slip soles. Avoid wearing slippers and athletic shoes with deep treads. 

Ask a health care provider to review your medicines.
-Ask a doctor or pharmacist to review the medicines you take (include over-the-counter medicine).
-Some medicines or combinations of medicines, cause drowsiness or light-headedness, which can lead to a fall
-Get your vision checked by an eye doctor.
-Incorrect lens prescriptions and conditions, such as glaucoma or cataracts, can limit vision.
-Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.

Looking for a way to manage your diabetes?

Care4life is a FREE program that helps you manage your type 2 diabetes. Ever wonder what you should eat? How you can be active? Looking for digital diabetes coach?  Care4life can help!

With Care4life you get:

•Reminders to take medicine, schedule health appointments, and test blood glucose
•Blood glucose log
•Healthy recipes and nutrition tips
•Step counter to track your activity

Everything you need to help you manage your diabetes and prevent further complications!

To join using the free app:

1. Download the Care4life app on your smart phone or tablet 

2. Click YES when asked about your sign up code and enter SNHD 3
 

To join online:
1. Go to www.care4lifesnhd.com to sign up

2. Click YES when asked about your sign up code and enter SNHD 3

If you have any problems signing up for the program, just contact us at 702-759-1271 or email earney@snhdmail.org.

Care4life participant and Las Vegas Metro volunteer, Larry Wagman, says “Care4life is like having a health coach encouraging me to manage my diabetes. I get reminders to take my medicine, check my blood sugar, and learn what foods to eat.”

 

More information http://www.gethealthyclarkcounty.org/know-your-risks/care4life.php

Stay safe in the water- ABCD’s of drowning prevention

During these hot summer months, the pool can be the only refuge from the sun.
This summer, practice the ABCD‘s of drowning prevention to stay safe and have a great time playing in the water!

A=Adult Supervision
-Always be present
-Maintain Eye contact
-Stay within Arms length of a child

B=Barriers
-Barriers reduce the chances of accidentally falling in the water
-Install a pool fence with a lock
-Make sure bars are close together
-Have a clear view of your pool area at all times
-Remove toys and accessoriese that can attract kids to the pool

C=Classes
-Become trained in CPR
-Have kids take swimming lesson
-Have kids take CPR classes when old enough

D = Devices
-Have a lifesaving ring or shepard’s hook available
-Keep a phone nearby for access to 9-1-1
-Have personal floatation devices available for children and non-swimmers

Red, White, & Blue Recipe Ideas

Another fun holiday weekend is coming up! Happy Healthy 4th of July! Get patriotic this year at your BBQ, picnic or pool party by bringing easy red, white and blue inspired recipe! 

Watermelon Blueberry Salad:
In a big bowl mix 2-3 Tbs of lemon with 1 Tb of honey in a big bowl. Chop and add a few mint leaves. Add bite size watermelon pieces and fresh whole blueberries. Mix together. Optional: Add feta cheese crumbles.

4th of July Parfaits:
In small individual dishes, layer granola, strawberries, low fat yogurt, and blueberries. Top with a dollop of yogurt and a strawberry and sprinkle with granola. This perfect looking treat makes the best dessert to celebrate red, white and blue!

Red White and Blue Kabobs:
Layer the following on a skewer: strawberry, banana chunk, and a blueberry. Repeat.
If you would like a more savory red, white and blue kabob. Try layering a grape tomato, small cube of mozzarella cheese, and black olive.
 
These patriotic theme dishes are a cool treat that are sure to add some fireworks to your celebration!

Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

The National Park Service is celebrating 100 years of protecting and preserving the nation’s parks and monuments, and everyone is encouraged to get out and #FindYourPark. There is a variety of special events taking place during the centennial. Join a Centennial Volunteer Cleanup, become a Junior Ranger or participate in one of the many special Centennial events taking place throughout the park. As 2016 kicks off a second century of stewardship and community engagement, we hope you join in on the fun. Check out some of the events taking place out at Lake Mead National Park.
 

Staying Active in the Summer Heat

Living in the desert it is no surprise that the summer months are HOT, and for most people being physical active outside is torture and sometimes not safe!   Instead of using the heat as another excuse to not be active, get creative this summer! Here are a few tips to help you stay active throughout the blazin’ summer months.

Stretch with the Sun or Move with the Moon. Wake up early and get in a walk or bike ride before the sun has a chance to heat the day. If you’re not a morning person wait for the sun to set and then take advantage of the nighttime. It might still be warm but at least the sun won’t be beating down on you.

Stay inside. There are plenty of activities you can still do inside. Attend a gym, play racquetball, do a workout DVD inside your house, walk on a treadmill, clean your house. All things that can be done indoors and are a great way to get in some activity.

Wet workout. This one might seem like a no-brainer, but exercising in a pool or lake is an instant way to cool off. Take a trip out to Lake Mead and try a new activity like paddle-boarding, try a water aerobics class, or round up some friends for a competitive game of water volleyball. Whatever you decide to do, you’ll get a great workout! Also, you can plan a day at the water park or the splash pad. Check out our Places to Play to find parks with splash pads in your area. Have fun in the water and it won’t even seem like exercise.

Hit the mall. Too hot to take a lunchtime walk outside? Take your workout to a nearby mall with air conditioning. Lace up your sneakers and get your heart pumping without overheating!

Visit the Mountains. The Spring Mountains Area also known at Mt. Charleston is a great place to get away from the heat and enjoy nature at the same time. Find a hike for you and your family to do while you are there.

Don’t let the summer heat slow you down!  Summer time is all about fun so no matter what you choose to do to keep moving just have fun doing it!