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.

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.