Quit tobacco and Reduce Heart Disease

Every year, Americans suffer more than 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes. When it comes to preventing heart disease, there are things that you can do to reduce your risk. One of the best things you can do is quit smoking. Smoking raises your blood pressure, causes hardening and narrowing of the arteries and reduces the oxygen that reaches the body’s tissues, which increases your risk for heart attack and stroke.
There are many forms of tobacco on the market, and people often think some forms are safe and don’t cause health problems. This isn’t true. There is no safe form of tobacco.

Also there has been a rapid introduction of e-cigarettes into the market nationwide. Many people believe that e-cigarettes are less harmful than regular cigarettes. The e-cigarette companies advertise their products as a better-smelling, cheaper, and guilt-free alternative to smoking. Several e-cigarette marketers are also marketing their products as a means to quit smoking, despite a lack of credible evidence that says they are effective. Instead use the Nevada Tobacco Quit line as a free resource to quit smoking.
More than four out of five people want to quit. Quitting is hard and often requires multiple attempts. Using counseling or medication increases the chance of a quit attempt being successful. The combination of both counseling and medication is the most effective method of quitting.  It might seem difficult, but nearly 50 million adults have quit tobacco. If they can do it, you can too! Just call 1-800-QUIT-NOW  (1-800-784-8669) or enroll online.

The Nevada Tobacco Quit line offers FREE resources to quit smoking for residents 13 years or older. Resources include:
Free 8 week supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)- provided to Medicaid and uninsured clients, supply mailed to client’s home, counseling and support provided while people are becoming non-tobacco users.
 Free 2 week supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)- provided to privately insured clients, supply mailed to client’s home, counseling and support provided while people are becoming non-tobacco users.
Fast, Free telephonic access to trained tobacco cessation experts that can assist with quitting the use of all tobacco products including e-cigarettes.
1-800-QUIT-NOW  (1-800-784-8669) Hours of Operation: Every day 4 am – 10 pm (PST)

Prevent a heart attack or stroke and quit smoking today. For more resources visit our Million Hearts webpage on the Get Healthy Clark County site.


Southern Nevada Health District has moved locations!

We moved! You can find the Southern Nevada Health District at our new location on 280 S. Decatur Las Vegas, NV 89107 (The corner of Meadows and Decatur. Right off the exit on Decatur & 95)

This will be our main location and you will be able to access the following services:

Birth and Death Certificates

Birth and Death Certificates are also available online and by mail.
Call (702) 759-1010 for more information.

Food Handler Safety Training Cards

Food Handler Safety Training Cards are also available at our East Las Vegas and Henderson Public Health Centers. Call (702) 759-1099 for more information.


Immunizations services continue to be available at our East Las Vegas, Henderson and Mesquite Public Health Centers. Call (702) 759-0850 for more information.

Sexual Health Clinic: Call (702) 759-0702 for more information.

Tuberculosis Clinic: Call (702) 759-1369 for more information.

Environmental Health Services

Citizen Complaints: (702) 759-0588

Food Operations: (702) 759-0588

Public Accommodations: (702) 759-1258

Solid Waste Plan Review: (702) 759-0661

Subdivision Review: (702) 759-0661

Vector Control: (702) 759-0588

Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System Call (702) 759-1050 for more information.
For more information check out our website http://southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/ 


Walk Around Nevada is Now a Mobile App!

Happy New Year!  We have some exciting news for everyone! Over the past year we have been working hard on an exciting project and today we are happy to share with you that the Walk Around Nevada program is now an app you can download on your smart phone!!  It is the same great walking program, but now you can use the mobile phone app to track your miles or steps on the go.  The app is FREE and can be found in the Apple Store or Google Play.  The app syncs with your current account, so you will not need to start over, and all your current information should populate so you can use the web version or mobile version interchangeably. We encourage you to download the app today and let us know what you think! And check out our other apps here.

Happy Walking!

Healthy Holiday Gifts

Thinking of giving cookies, fudge or a box of chocolates as a holiday gift? That’s so 2005.  This year, think about giving something healthy to your loved ones, co-workers, neighbors and friends.  Here are some gift ideas for the health-conscious on your list.

Stocking Stuffers

Activity Tracker. Know someone who’s trying to be more active, or live a healthier lifestyle? An activity tracker like a FitBit, which tracks your daily activity, food intake, weight and even sleep patterns, makes a perfect present for someone who’s trying to live healthier.

iPod or iTunes gift card. Combining entertainment and exercise often motivates people to jump on the treadmill who would otherwise be bored by going for a run or walk.  You don’t just have to download music either; you can download books, fitness apps, or movies to watch or listen to while exercising. 

Jump Rope or Resistance Bands. These great workout tools are small and are great when traveling to help keep up healthy habits.


Active video games for kids and adults. Your children want to play video games. You want them to go outside and get some exercise. Now there’s a solution you both can love and enjoy. Active video games, and sports games for the Nintendo Wii force players to get off the couch and burn calories.

A massage gift certificate. Purchase a relaxing massage at a spa. Or create a home spa basket with essential oils, bath salts, massage oil, body lotions, and a pumice stone.  Relaxation and stress relief are important for overall good health.

A bicycle or scooter. Bikes and scooters are a great way for kids and adults to get exercise.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money either, check out goodwill stores or second hand shops.  They often have good bikes and scooters that might need just a little work.  Don’t forget to get a helmet to wear when riding as well!

Healthy cookbooks. How about a new cookbook that includes healthy recipes — maybe one with healthy soups, salads, vegetable sides dishes, whole grains or whole grain breads.

Subscription to a magazine. Consider giving a year subscription to a magazine. There are several magazines that offer healthy recipes and tips, as well as magazines that focus on physical activity (biking, hiking, running, etc.) and relaxation.

Hostess Gifts

Oil and vinegar. Why not give high-quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil as a gift. If someone is trying to lose weight by eating a lot of salads, some aged balsamic vinegar and a dash or two of good olive oil can make the difference between a boring salad and a nice treat.

A healthy goody basket. A fruit basket of exotic or specialty fruits or other gift basket of healthy specialty foods is always welcome. Try putting together your own basket.  You could include some of your favorite healthy recipes and some homemade healthy treats.

Ten Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

•Plan time for exercise. Exercise helps relieve holiday stress and prevent weight gain. A moderate and daily increase in exercise can help partially offset increased holiday eating. Try to get in a 10- or 15-minute brisk walk. 
•Don’t skip meals. Before leaving for a party, eat a light snack like raw vegetables or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite. You will be less tempted to over-indulge.
•Survey party buffets before filling your plate. Choose your favorite foods and skip your least favorite. Include vegetables and fruits FIRST to keep your plate balanced.
•Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Savor your favorite holiday treats while eating small portions. Sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy.
•Be careful with beverages. Alcohol can lessen inhibitions and induce overeating; non-alcoholic beverages can be full of calories and sugar.
•If you overeat at one meal go light on the next. It takes 500 calories per day (or 3,500 calories per week) above your normal/maintenance consumption to gain one pound. It is not about one meal but your overall eating habits.
•Take the focus off of food. Turn candy and cookie making time into non-edible projects like making wreaths, dough art decorations or a gingerbread house. Plan group activities with family and friends that aren’t all about food. Try serving a holiday meal to the community, playing games or going on a walking tour of decorated homes.

Take our survey and improve walking and biking!

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), with support from the Southern Nevada Health District, is updating the Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The plan will help the RTC identify and prioritize bicycle, pedestrian and shared use path facilities for the regional transportation system.

This is your opportunity to let the RTC know where you want to see improved walking and biking connections in Southern Nevada. Take a quick 3 minute survey at www.rtcsnv.com/bikepedplan and provide your feedback about walking and biking. You can also show where you think we need new or improved routes using the interactive map on the project website. For more information about the project, or to contact project staff directly, visit the website at www.rtcsnv.com/bikepedplan.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! We hope everyone has a happy and healthy holiday!

Healthful Thanksgiving Tips

It’s the week before Thanksgiving and many of us are preparing for the big feast! On the long list of to-do’s before the guests arrive is grocery shopping. A few simple steps can make your shopping trip easier and healthier. Just incorporate some of these strategies to ensure that you have the right foods for your healthy eating plan.

Plan ahead: Plan your Thanksgiving dinner ahead of time and take an inventory of what you already have in your pantry so you know exactly what you need to buy. The healthy pantry list includes items to have on hand so you can make a healthy meal anytime.

Make a list: Make your shopping trip more efficient by making a list of what you need. A list will help you avoid impulse buying too. Stick to what is on your list, but don’t let your list prevent you from trying out new healthy foods.

Download the Healthy Shopping List:This list will help you make healthier choices at the grocery store.

Shop the perimeter: Most often the fresh produce, dairy, meat and seafood departments can be found on the aisles on the outer edge of your grocery store, and that is where you want to concentrate most of your shopping. Watch our grocery store tour videos for tips on buying meat, dairy, produce and grains.

Don’t go shopping hungry: It can be hard to resist buying those high-fat high-calorie items especially when you are hungry. So set yourself up for success and have a healthy snack before going to the store.

Do read the food labels: Routinely checking food labels helps you compare the nutritional values of various products to make healthy choices.

Don’t forget the fiber: This Thanksgiving load up on whole-grain breads and rolls, as well as brown rice and dried beans. When shopping, look for the word “whole” at the top of the ingredients list.

Do go green: Fill your table with vegetables. Select vegetables deepest in color; the dark color means higher concentrations of antioxidant vitamins.

Don’t dismiss frozen produce: Most frozen fruits and vegetables contain as many nutrients as fresh produce.

Join the Nutrition Challenge: This free online program will help you increase the number of fruits and vegetables you eat each day. You will be able to track your daily and weekly progress throughout the program, access healthy recipes and be eligible for prizes.

Eating right should not be complicated!

Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated — simply begin to incorporate a healthy eating plan into your daily routine. These recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans can help get you started.

•Emphasize fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products.
•Include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts.
•Make sure your diet is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium) and added sugars.

Make Your Calories Count
Think nutrient-rich rather than “good” or “bad” foods. The majority of your food choices should be packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients, and lower in calories. Making smart food choices can help you stay healthy, manage your weight and be physically active.

Focus on Variety
Eat a variety of foods from all the food groups to get the nutrients your body needs. Fruits and vegetables can be fresh, frozen or canned. Eat more dark green vegetables such as leafy greens and broccoli and orange vegetables including carrots and sweet potatoes. Vary your protein choices with more fish, beans and peas. Eat at least three ounces of whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice or pasta every day.

Know Your Fats
Look for foods low in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol to help reduce your risk of heart disease. Most of the fats you eat should be monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Check the Nutrition Facts panel on food labels for total fat and saturated fat.

November is National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month. If you have just been diagnosed with diabetes, you have been living with diabetes for a while, or know someone who has, diabetes education and support are important to help you stay healthy. Diabetes education is needed throughout your lifetime, not just at diagnosis. Learning to manage your diabetes from the start can help you have fewer health problems from diabetes later.

Having a network of support can help you better cope with the day-to-day demands of living with diabetes. Check out our resources for diabetes education on our website. Including our Diabetes Resource Directory.

Check out our Road to Diabetes Prevention program. It is a free 6-session online program that may help you reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by learning your risk factors and making simple lifestyle changes.