Get outside but lather up!

Get outside this weekend and enjoy the great weather! But be sure to protect yourself from the sun. It is early in the year and we think its not quite hot enough to pull out the sunscreen. Dont be fooled! Each year an estimated 1.2 million cases of skin cancer are reported. Most of these cases are curable with early detection and proper treatment. So prevent any skin cancer trouble and pay attention to a few:  

  • Try to stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays and has a SPF of 15 or greater.
  • Wear protective, tightly woven clothing.
  • Self-examination of the entire body using a full-length mirror in a brightly lit room is the best way to discover any signs of skin cancer that may require a physician’s attention. See your doctor if you notice any suspicious changes in your skin
Nevada Moves Day!

Nevada Moves Day! - Wednesday April 27, 2011

The Clark County School District Safe Routes to School program invites students and families to walk or bike to school as part of the Second Annual Nevada Moves Day.

Nevada Moves Day is a statewide celebration of the Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) which encourages children and their families to walk and bicycle to and from school. SRTS programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school. 

SRTS programs can:

• improve safety
• reduce traffic and air pollution in the vicinity of schools
• make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation choice
• encourage a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age

Visit the Clark County Safe Routes to School program webpage for more information.

Recipe Sneak Peak

Our Registered Dietitian Aurora Buffington is putting together a recipe book and this is a sneak peak at one of the featured recipes. Check it out, healthy and delicious!  
This delicious and naturally low fat salad needs no dressing as it creates its own wonderful juices.

Cucumber Tomato Salad:

1½ large cucumbers, peeled and sliced 
3 large tomatoes, cut in wedges
1 small red onion, chopped
¼ feta or other strongly flavored 
   cheese, crumbled (optional)
3 teaspoons fresh basil, chopped
   (or 1 teaspoon dried basil)
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Salt to taste
Combine all vegetables in a large container with a tight fitting lid.
Add the crumbled cheese, garlic powder, basil, pepper & salt to taste.
Cover the container with the tight fitting lid and shake well.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour prior to serving

Per serving:  34 calories, 1 g total, fat 3 mg cholesterol, 37 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrates, 2 g protein, 209 mg potassium.  Provides nearly 3/4 cup vegetables per serving.

Food Recall Website

If you have been around reading this blog long enough you are probably familiar with us encouraging people to think more about the food they eat. We often talk about calories and encourage you to think about what kinds of foods you are putting into your body. And today it is the same message related to thinking about food but with a twist!  When we put food in our mouths we shouldn’t have to hope, wonder or think if the food we are eating is safe. The food we eat should be free of things that can make us sick. But unfortunately that is not always the case. We often hear about food recalls and different foods that are not safe to consume for a period of time. It is hard to stay informed about all these issues.
As part of the new Food Safety Modernization Act the FDA has created a food recall website with details about what foods have been recalled. The best part is that there are pictures of the labels from the food that has been recalled. Very helpful !
Check it out here:

Save the calories….Save your teeth!

Another reason to stay away from sugar sweetened beverages…Tooth Decay! Bacteria in our mouth loves sugar and when it comes into contact with sugar, this process eventually leads to tooth decay. One source of sugar we all know and tend to love is soda drinks. We can’t help filling up our cups with loads of this bubbly goodness.  Avoiding this temptation is near impossible! Try to eat out and not be faced with that question of what soda would you like to drink. Soda drinks have become the norm and the alternatives are sometimes hard to come by.  Despite the tempting lure these tonic drinks can have on your mouth, save your teeth! The less sugar, the less cavities. Paying for dental work is no treat. Your best bet is to stick with the never changing, always healthy option of water. Fill that cup up with the clear liquid with no calories or added sugar, the trusty sidekick to any healthy meal…Water! Drink up! Keep those teeth strong and healthy too.

How much sugar is in those soda beverages?