Happy Healthy Halloween!

Halloween is fast approaching and little goblins, princesses and superheroes will roam the streets in search of treats, but don’t let them be the only ones doing the walking. Walking is one of the easiest ways to be physically active. You can do it almost anywhere and at any time. We’re lucky to live in a place where the weather allows us to walk outside during this time of year, so let’s get out and enjoy it!
Here are some tips to reduce the candy intake by your little ghosts and princesses this year:
-Feed them before they go out and trick or treat, to discourage snacking while out
-Tell them about the Halloween Pumpkin that comes after Halloween to leave toys for little boys and girls…and that by leaving a bag of candy out for the Great Pumpkin, he will leave a cool toy in place of the bag of candy. This way your kid feels ownership of his candy and that by giving it away and getting something else for it, your child feels he isn’t missing out. This is a great alternative to just throwing out your child’s candy or taking it away. 
-Considered setting limits on how much candy your child can eat. Tell your kids before you go out trick or treating what the limits or rules for candy eating are and explain the reasons for those limits.
-Be a role model by eating Halloween candy in moderation yourself. To help avoid temptation, buy your candy at the last minute and get rid of any leftovers.
-Remind your kids that they don’t need to eat it all now, and they’ll be able to eat more later. Encourage sharing the candy with friends or family. Not only does it thin out the candy supply, it enforces sharing
-Encourage your kids to be mindful of the amount of candy and snacks eaten, and to stop before they feel full or sick.
Keep in perspective that Halloween is just one day out of the whole year and if your family does a good job trying to eat healthy and be active, a few days of candy eating isn’t going to reverse those habits. Halloween is one of those holidays that kids can’t wait till it comes, so enjoy it ! The Get Healthy Staff wants to wish all of you a Happy and Healthy Halloween!

Food Day Celebration Events!

The Southern Nevada Health District and its partners will celebrate the first ever Food Day on Oct. 24, 2011, with a range of events designed to spark community conversations that lead to changing the way people think about, produce, and consume food in America.
Real food not only tastes great but also plays an important role in our health, helping us manage or prevent chronic disease and live a healthier, happier life.
However, for one reason or another, it has become easier for us to consume overly processed foods and drinks which tend to be higher in solid fats, added sugar and salt instead of the fresh fruits, vegetables, and other wholesome foods that support health.
We eat for many reasons, yet it seems that health has taken a back seat to convenience, price and pleasure when in reality healthy foods can be, and should be, nutritious, easy to get, affordable and delicious.

Food Day’s goal is nothing less than to transform the American diet—to inspire a broad movement involving people from across the country who want healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable way.
In other words…
•We want America to eat real.
•We want to get Americans cooking real food for their families again.
•We want fewer people at drive-thrus and bigger crowds at farmer’s markets.
•We want to celebrate fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy whole grains—and to support the local farms and farmers that produce them.
•We want all Americans—regardless of their age or income or geographic location—to be able to select healthy diets and avoid obesity, heart disease and other diet-related conditions.

Transforming the American diet means changing policies as well as changing individual behavior.
It’s all connected: the diets we select, the foods we grow, the policies we form and the impact we can make. Here are some events that will be celebrating Food Day in Clark County, we encourage you to come out and join us!

Las Vegas Farmers Market
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Garden’s Park
10401 Garden’s Park Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89135

We will have guest Chef Robyn Lew,  Registered Dietitian and Culinarian, cooking up farmer produce picks from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. We will also be passing out Food Day pumpkin carving stencils and we will have a booth with a game and giveaways.

Las Vegas Farmers Market
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Bruce Trent Park
1600 N. Rampart
Las Vegas, NV 89134

We will have guest Chef Beverly Lee,  Culinary Coach and Educator, cooking up farmer produce picks from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. We will also be passing out Food Day pumpkin carving stencils and we will have a booth with a game and giveaways.

Tonopah Community Garden Camp Out
Oct. 22, 2011 at 5 p.m. until Oct. 23, 2011, at 8.a.m.
715 N. Tonopah Drive
Las Vegas, Nev., 89106

The Tonopah Community Garden is inviting participants to bring their sleeping bags for a night under the stars learning about where food comes from and how to contribute to sustaining the planet by growing local food, whole diets, and recycling and composting efforts. Activities for kids and adults will include a painting class, healthy cooking demonstrations, campfire eco talks, yoga and more! The main goal of the event is to start a citywide composting movement to divert waste from landfills and help grow the Tonopah Community Garden. Attendees will help make 100 compost bins to be delivered to local participating businesses the next morning.

State of Nevada
The State of Nevada is hosting an “It’s Chili Outside – Let’s Make Winter Hunger Free” chili drive in conjunction with food banks in the state. Visit www.foodday.org to find a drop off location in your neighborhood.

Its finally here….a map of all the trails to get you from Neon to Nature

Are you one of those people who would like to go get out on a walking trail but you just dont know where to find one? The search is over!
We have created a map called Neon to Nature that will make navigating the hundreds of miles of Southern Nevada trails a snap! You’ll be able to locate trails based on address and/or trail amenities. Each trail on the map will list the description of the trail’s location, length, type of trail, and various amenities. There are many hundreds miles of trails here in Southern Nevada and knowing exactly where to go and what to expect can make your experience more enjoyable. We want to help you go from Neon … to Nature!  Please check out the map to find trails in your neighborhood! http://www.gethealthyclarkcounty.org/neon2nature/findatrail.php  Click on the color tags below the map or search an address to populate the map.
 

Its back…Get Healthy Holiday Challenge!

The holiday season is almost here, and we all know what that means-temptation!
From the parties to the shopping, it’s easy to take a break from your healthy habits. The Get Healthy Holiday Challenge is a free online program, that can help you keep and adopt  healthy behaviors during the holiday season.
 
Each Monday you will be emailed a weekly ‘health challenge’. Track your weekly progress by using the online tracker on the website and be eligible for prizes! We’ll also have lots of tips, resources and other helpful information on our website to help you meet each week’s challenge.  
 
 
It’s easy, fun and free… so sign up today at www.gethealthyclarkcounty.org, and encourage your friends, family and co-workers to sign up too!

The program starts on October 17th so sign up today!