Talk before you take!

Are you one of the millions of Americans who takes prescription drugs? Do you fully understand all the benefits and risks of the medications you are taking? It is important to discuss the benefits and risks of your prescription medicine before your prescription is filled to reduce the risk of injury. 

Talk before you take!

Here are 4 tips to help guide a conversation with your healthcare provider:

1. Talk to your healthcare provider and ask questions about the benefits and potential risks of prescription medicines you take.
2. Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you are currently taking—including over-the counter medicines, vitamins, and dietary supplements.
3. Tell your healthcare provider about any allergies or sensitivities that you may have.
4. Read and follow the medicine label and directions

Talking to your healthcare provider before you take your prescriptions can help you:
-Understand medication side effects—for example, which ones, if any, will go away with time and those that may be experienced for the duration of being on the medicine.
-Avoid adverse drug interactions.
-Improve adherence to medicine regimen(s).
-Live healthier, more productive lives.

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Get Outdoors Nevada Day Saturday October 15th!

The Get Healthy staff will be out at Get Outdoors Nevada Day this Saturday. Come join us for the fun from 9am-2pm at Lorenzi Park. The annual celebration promotes trail use and outdoor recreation. It also includes informational exhibits, booths, basic bike maintenance checks and activities for all ages. Come say hi to us at our booth!

Active Seniors can try new ways to stay fit

It is easy to think that the older we get, the less we are able to do in terms of physical activity. Just because we can’t strap on the football pads, spike a few volleyballs or race around the track like we did in high school,  doesn’t mean we should give up on being active each day. No matter our age or situation, being active is important to stay healthy. Regular physical activity can reduce the likelihood of developing dementia and physical activity can also help improve cognition in adults with some mild cognitive decline.

Just like for everyone, as older adults, it is important to find an activity that you like and are able to do. It doesn’t have to be complicated; it can be as simple as walking around your block. And don’t be afraid to try something new. Often times, taking an exercise class can benefit you physically as well as socially.  Many of the recreation or senior centers here in the Vegas valley offer a variety of classes for older adults. This can be a great chance to meet other people and get in some activity.

Here are some ideas for classes to try:

Sit N Fit: This is a class with a little bit of everything; cardiovascular, endurance, strength, balance and abdominal conditioning. Participants perform a variety of low impact exercises both standing and seated.

Qigong: This type of class will help increase your flexibility and lower your stress levels by holding different yoga poses in a relaxing environment.

Yoga for seniors: This is often a lower intensity form of yoga focused on breathing, posture, and gentle movements. Yoga can improve balance and flexibility, which are both important for a group at higher risk for falls.

Aquatic Exercise: Water’s buoyance means workouts done in the pool generate less impact on bones and joints. This makes aquatic aerobics or swimming a good option for people looking to improve aerobic fitness under lower impact conditions.

Dance-based fitness: During dance fitness classes, participants often need to remember different steps, and in some cases interact with a partner. This offers participants a fun way to be physically active, build aerobic fitness, be social, and challenge the mind and memory.

Tai Chi: Tai Chi is a relaxing, low impact form of exercise that has been shown to help improve sleep quality, muscle strength, balance, and flexibility.

To find local classes check out the following links:

Clark County Recreation and Senior Centers

Get Healthy Calendar of Classes

City of Las Vegas Classes

City of Henderson Classes

City of North Las Vegas Classes

Get moving as a family!

October 3rd is National #ChildHealthDay! One of the best ways to have healthy kids is to keep them moving. Kids often have a natural desire to move, fidget, run, play and jump. And that is good! Help your family move more each day and have fun with it. Think about what your family can do to be active together. Here are some ideas:

•Add physical activity to your daily routine. For example, walk or ride your bike to work or a friend’s house, walk the dog with your children, exercise while you watch TV, or park farther away from your destination.

•Set up a party or other social event with activities that get people moving, like dancing or having a jump rope contest.

•Play with your kids or ask them to join you for an exercise video or fitness game.

•Go to a local park in your neighborhood. Find a park here. Find a trail here.

•Develop a set of activities for you and your family that are always available regardless of weather, such as indoor cycling, indoor swimming, stair climbing, rope skipping, mall walking, dancing, and active games that you can play indoors.

•Ask your kids for ideas. Get everyone involved by having your children choose physical activities for the family to try together.

•Come to Get Outdoors Nevada Day. Come join the fun on October 15th, 2016 at Lorenzi Park 9am-2pm. The annual celebration promotes trail use and outdoor recreation. It also includes informational exhibits, booths, basic bike maintenance checks and activities for all ages.

Free help to manage your diabetes– Care4Life mobile app

It is not always easy to manage your diabetes and remember to do all that is required. We have a new free resource that can help! The Care4life program is an easy way to help you or someone you know manage their diabetes. Using the Care4life mobile app you have a coach in your pocket to remind you to take your medication, test your blood glucose or encourage you to eat healthy. It is like having your own personal diabetes educator!   

Check out this video to see how the app works and hear from folks who are using it.

For more information about the Care4Life program visit Get Healthy Clark

Worldwide Day of Play-September 17th

This Saturday, September 17th, is Worldwide Day of Play. Kids need at least 60-minutes of play each day to stay healthy, and one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to meet this goal is by playing outside. Check out our Places to Play resource to find parks and places to play outside! 

Communities can also make it easier for people to be physically active. Here are some ways communities can promote physical activity for kids and their families:

Work With Schools to Increase Youth Physical Activity:

• Colleges, universities, hospitals, health departments, businesses, and community groups can work with schools to support physical activity programs. Such support can include giving money or equipment or encouraging staff to volunteer time to lead a physical activity programs or events.
• Community organizations can offer after-school physical activity programs at schools, or they can provide transportation to offsite programs.
• Community organizations can support and participate in Safe Routes to School programs, which encourage more children to safely walk and bike to school.

Help People Find Places Where They Can Be Physically Active:

• Find and promote safe ways to walk and bike to school.
• Let community members and organizations use school gymnasiums, playing fields, and playgrounds when school is not in session.
• Encourage community organizations to offer physical activity programs for youth. Community organizations can work with schools to offer after-school physical activity programs and events.

Local Fun Events for the Whole Family!

Looking for local events to help your family get active and eat healthy…and have fun! Check out these upcoming events happening near you:

Choose and Move Festival: Join us on Saturday September 10th at the Doolittle Community Center (9am-2 pm) for a day of fun activities, free and low-cost health screenings, and health information.

Healthy Kids Festival: Join us on September 24th at 10am at the Whitney Recreation Center and learn how to be healthy and active. A day full of fun and entertainment for the whole family with sport sign-up, live music and healthy food tastings. Children will dance, play soccer, see Zumba and Karate demonstrations and learn how to grow their own foods.

Get Outdoors Nevada Day: Come join the fun on October 15th, 2016 at Lorenzi Park 9am-2pm. The annual celebration promotes trail use and outdoor recreation. It also includes informational exhibits, booths, basic bike maintenance checks and activities for all ages.

Farmers Markets: There are several farmers markets around the Valley providing locally/regionally grown produce. Check one out today!

Community Gardens: Community gardens are a great way to expand our access to fresh fruit and vegetables.

Community Calendar: We have compiled a great list of health events that are taking place in the valley. Check them out!

Tips to encourage PLAY!

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness month. Did you know that, 1 in 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese. That is a lot of kids!  The good news is whether you are a parent, youth leader, child care worker, we all can help make our community healthier place for not only our kids, but us too!

One way we can help our kids be healthier, is to ensure they get 60 minutes of activity every day!  There are more ways than we can count to help kids be active, but here are a few:

Turn of the Screens
Kids spend way too much time watching TV, playing on their phones, or playing video games these days.  Limit the number of hours you child can be in front of a screen and encourage them to go outside, ride their bikes, or read.

Sports are a great way to get kids active. From baseball and soccer, to swimming and basketball there are so many sports kids can play.  Ask you child what sport they might want to do, and then sign them up in a local program.

Make It part of Everyday
Can your children walk or bike to and from school?  That is a great way for them to be active and you save on gas.  You can also go one family bike rides or walks after dinner.

Be an Example
Children look up to adults, so it is important to set a good example.  Walk with them to school, go play in the yard with them, and be active when you can. 

These little steps can make a big difference! 

How to Help Promote Healthy Nutrition at School

Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood. Parents play a key role in teaching children to make healthy choices for themselves. But in today’s busy world, this isn’t always easy. Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behaviors.  Here are some tips to help you promote healthy nutrition with your kids.

Learn more about the nutrition standards for school meals.

Eat school breakfast or lunch with your child.

Review school menus with your child, and encourage them to try new menu items. CCSD has implemented ‘Taste It Tuesdays’ where they debut new menu items on the school lunch menu.

Talk with other parents about the benefits of the school meal programs.

 Ask to join your child’s school wellness committee. The Principal will know who the Wellness Coordinator at their school is.

Suggest non-food alternatives for classroom celebrations to your child’s teacher. For example, give extra recess, have a dance party, or go on a special field trip.

Bring in healthy snacks (e.g., fruits, vegetables, whole grains, water) when responsible for contributing items to events and celebrations at school. Check with the teacher to see what their guidelines are and then consult the approved snacks list to make sure what you bring is in line with the Student Wellness Regulation, or use the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Snack Calculator.

Make healthy snacks together with your child. This is an opportunity to learn about healthy food choices.

E-mail or discuss with other parents the importance of having healthy foods and beverages offered during events and celebrations.

For more information on how you can help your school be healthier click here.  

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, or call (702) 759-1270.