Pre-diabetes prevention classes

For people with pre-diabetes, healthy lifestyle choices can help bring blood sugar level back to normal or at least keep it from rising toward the levels seen in type 2 diabetes. Maintaining a healthy weight through exercise and healthy eating can help. Sometimes medications are an option for people at high risk for diabetes.

To learn about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program contact Barbara Carter at the YMCA at (702) 522-7435.

Walking is an easy way to get moving!

Physical activity is one of the most important things Americans can do to improve their health. And Walking is an easy way to get moving!  We are pleased to announce the release of Step It Up!  The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. 

•Only half of American adults get enough physical activity to reduce the risk of chronic disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.

•Not sure how to be more active? Just walk! Walking’s an easy way to start & maintain a physically active lifestyle.

•The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities aims to increase walking across the United States by calling for access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll for people of all ages and abilities.

•Add a little music to your walks! Listen to the Surgeon General’s Walking Playlist on Pandora.

Everyone can help make our community more walkable. To learn more ways to increase walking and the development of walkable communities everywhere visit

Fun Family Fall events!

We are celebrating Childhood Obesity Prevention month by promoting some great events or activities to help your family get active and eat better.  Check out what is going on!

Healthy Kids Festival: Join us on September 26th at paradise park. 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. Free registration and more info.

Get Outdoors Nevada Day:  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: Living in the desert you may think there aren’t many places to get fresh grown produce. However, there are several farmers markets around the Valley providing residents with many opportunities to purchase 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. Even if you don’t consider yourself a master gardener, you can harvest your own produce at school, in your backyard or around the community.

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





Join us in promoting National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!

September marks National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Obesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents ages 2-19 years in the United States. Childhood obesity puts America’s children at risk for high cholesterol, high blood sugar, asthma, and mental health problems.
But it’s not too late to turn this epidemic around. Communities can work to promote healthy lifestyles for children by:

-Ensuring children and adolescents get the recommended amounts of physical activity each day.
-Improving children’s access to healthy foods and beverages—at home, at school, and at local events and venues.
-Creating and maintaining safe neighborhoods for physical activity and improving access to parks and playgrounds.
-Providing plenty of fruits and vegetables, limiting foods high in solid fats and added sugars, and preparing healthier foods at family meals.

You can also:
-Follow @CDCObesity, and @MakeHealthEZ
-Become a fan of CDC’s Facebook page
-Tag your tweets #NCOAM to join the conversation
-Share a video, podcast, infographic, or badge with your community

Want to know more?
-Childhood Obesity:
-National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month:


4th graders free access to national parks

Sarting today, fourth graders nationwide can visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid for the 2015-2016 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites.

“Every Kid in a Park is a chance for fourth graders from every background to be outside and get to know the lands and waters that belong to them, whether it’s a national forest, a wildlife refuge, a marine sanctuary or a historic site in the center of a city,” said Christy Goldfuss, Managing Director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). “By expanding their horizons and learning all the ways the outdoors can enrich their lives, this innovative program hopes to create greater awareness of the many benefits of our nation’s public lands and waters.”

Leading up to the 100th birthday of the National Park Service in 2016, President Obama announced the Every Kid in a Park initiative earlier this year as a call to action to get all children to experience America’s unparalleled outdoors, rich history and culture. Today, more than 80 percent of American families live in urban areas, and many lack easy access to safe outdoor spaces. At the same time, youth spend more hours than ever in front of screens instead of outside. By introducing fourth graders to public lands in their backyards and beyond at an early age, Every Kid in a Park is part of a multi-pronged approach to inspire the next generation to discover all that our nation’s public lands and waters have to offer, including opportunities to be active, spend time with friends and family, and serve as living classrooms to build critical skills.

Fourth graders can log onto the website at and complete a fun educational activity in order to obtain and print their paper pass. Students may also trade in their paper pass for a more durable pass at participating federal sites nationwide. Educators and community leaders can access educational activities, field trip options, and the ability to print passes for their classrooms. Parents visiting the new website can find additional links for more information on planning trips to nearby public lands. 

The Every Kid in a Park program is designed to continue each year with the then-current group of fourth graders. After twelve years, every school-age child in America will have had an opportunity to visit their public land and waters for free, inspiring the next generation to be stewards of our nation’s shared natural and cultural heritage.

School is in session!

School has started and we have some resources to help everyone have a happy and healthy school year! Check out our website to learn about healthy lunches, immunization information, fun before & after-school programs and more! 

Which type of activity tracker should I buy?

These days there are lots of choices when it comes to activity trackers and that can leave you wondering which one to buy.  Here are some things to keep in mind as you decide which one is best for you:

Buy what you need.

Trackers can vary in price depending on the features. More expensive models include lots of features like display, heart rate monitors and GPS. These are geared towards exercise enthusiasts and people who specifically use these features in their workouts. If you are just looking for a tracker to wear while walking there is no need to spend the money on feature you will never use!

Select the type.

Trackers come in watches, bracelets, and clip-type forms. Bracelets and watch types are worn on your wrist and while  not as easy to lose, can get in the way when typing or writing. Plus, they also might not always match your outfits. While the Clip-type can be hidden under clothing, it can be easier to forget about or lose and may not have a display. You have to use your smart phone to check your progress. Knowing which form you like will help you narrow your purchase

Like the look.

It doesn’t matter how great the tracker is if you don’t like the look, you won’t wear it. Find a tracker that is comfortable for you, that you think you will use daily, since that is the point!

Check the sync time.

DO you want your device to sync automatically so you can  get real time stat or is that not as important to you?  Tracker sync time can vary depending on device so find a sync time that works for your needs.

Match to your other devices.

Check to see if your tracker will work with your current equipment like your computer or phone. Some trackers only work with specific brand products. Many have mobile apps but others are strictly designed for desktop computer interaction. Nothing is worse than buying something you think will work with what you have and then finding out it doesn’t!
Trackers can be a great tool to help you be more active and healthy. And by doing just a little research you can ensure that it is something you use, and doesn’t go into the junk pile that you end up donating along with the shake weight you bought! 

Eating healthy when eating out

Eating out and being healthy do not seem like they should go together but there is no reason why they can’t! The good news is that many restaurants are adding healthier menu options so it’s possible to get a fairly nutritious meal on the go. Here are some useful tips to help you eat healthier when dining out:
•Think ahead. Check the menus online for calorie and nutrition information. Select your healthy meal prior to entering the restaurant. Stick to your plan and do not be swayed by the sights, smells, and people around you.

•Order first. That way you won’t be swayed by what others are your table are ordering.

•Have a plan. If you know you are eating out for dinner cut back on the calories on other meals that day. 

•Ask for water,  fat-free or low-fat milk, unsweetened tea, and stay away from sugary beverages.

•Ask for whole-wheat bread for sandwiches.

•Start your meal with a salad packed with veggies, to help control hunger and feel satisfied sooner. And ask for salad dressing to be served on the side. Then use only as much as you want.

•Choose main dishes that include vegetables, such as stir fries, kebobs, or pasta with a tomato sauce.

•Think color. The more color in a meal usually means more fruits and veggies.

•Order steamed, grilled, or broiled dishes instead of those that are fried or sautéed.

•Choose a small” or “medium” portion. This includes main dishes, side dishes, and beverages.

•If main portions at a restaurant are larger than you want you can order an appetizer-sized portion or a side dish instead of an entrée. Consider  sharing a main dish with a friend or taking half of it home.

•Resign from the “clean your plate club” - when you’ve eaten enough, leave the rest.

Check out our 5 meals under 500 calories and take the guess work out of eating healthy at some of the local fast food joints.

Reduce your risk of diabetes with our new online resource

The Southern Nevada Health District recently launched its newest online program, the Road to Diabetes Prevention, a free six-session program to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The program is self-paced and includes optional activities and available resources in the community. While it is open to anyone, the Road to Diabetes Prevention program is recommended for people who could have pre-diabetes. For information or to sign up for the program, visit the Get Healthy Clark County website,

The program is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Road to Health toolkit that includes healthy eating and physical activity educational information to help individuals reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Participants can learn about their own risk factors and how to make simple lifestyle changes to reduce their risks.

The American Diabetes Association estimates that 86 million Americans - more than 1 out of 3 adults age 20 and older - are considered to have pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are elevated but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. That number is up from 79 million in 2010. People with pre-diabetes are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. For some people with pre-diabetes, early treatment can return blood glucose levels to the normal range. There are no clear symptoms of pre-diabetes so many people are unaware of their status.

Check out our free program and learn what resources are available to help you reduce the risk of developing diabetes!

Farmers Market schedule for the summer

Living in the desert you may think there aren’t many places to get fresh grown produce. However, there are several farmers markets around the Valley providing residents with many opportunities to purchase locally/regionally grown produce.

Local food tastes better and is fresher than food that has been shipped long distances. Buying locally helps strengthen our community’s economy and gives you the opportunity to get to know the farmers who grow your food. Knowing where your food comes from and how it’s grown enables you to feel better about the food you put on your table.

Now, more of your friends and neighbors can have access to healthy fruits and vegetables as EBT (electronic benefit transfer) machines get integrated into select farmers markets throughout the county. Below is a list of all the farmers markets in the Valley.

Farmers Markets Accepting EBT Debit and Credit

Las Vegas Farmers Market - Gardens Park
Thursday, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
10401 Gardens Park Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89135

Las Vegas Farmers Market - Bruce Trent Park
Wednesday, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
1600 N. Rampart, Las Vegas, NV 89128

Las Vegas Farmers Market - Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs
First and 3rd Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
9200 Tule Springs Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89131

Fresh 52 @ Tivoli Village
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
302 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145

Fresh 52 @ Sansone Park Place
Sunday, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
9480 S. Eastern, Las Vegas, NV 89123

On The Ranch Farmers Market 
Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
628 W. Craig Road, North Las Vegas, NV 89032

The Farms at Fantastic
Hours subject to change- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
1717 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89128 

Other Farmers Markets Around Town

Country Fresh Farmers Market
Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
240 S. Water St., Henderson, NV 89015

Country Fresh Farmer’s Market II
Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
200 S. Green Valley Pkwy., Henderson, NV 89012

Downtown 3rd Farmers Market
Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
300 N. Casino Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89101
(Casino Center and Stewart)
Parking is complimentary, in the adjacent lot.

Downtown Summerlin Farmers Market
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. under the Pavilion
Sahara Ave. & 215 Beltway, Las Vegas, NV 89135

The Green Chefs Farmers Market
Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89107