Toast your own pumpkin seeds this year!

Fall is here! We finally have cooler temperatures, what few trees we have are changing color, and pumpkins are everywhere. They are in grocery stores and farmers markets; pumpkin patches and on doorsteps. We will paint them, carve them and in some places enter them into a pumpkin chucking contest, but the best thing to do with a pumpkin is eat it! Raw pumpkin has only 15 calories per 1/2 cup, and is full of iron, zinc, and fiber. It’s high in vitamin C and beta carotene. Canned pumpkin has a similar nutrient profile with slightly less fiber than fresh, but has more beta carotene. And pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, and manganese.  We all know about using pumpkin in the Thanksgiving staple pumpkin pie, but did you know that pumpkin can be used in many other ways.  Here are some ways to use pumpkin this season:
•Add pumpkin puree to soups and sauces
•Try adding a little pumpkin to cookies, cakes or breads
•Use it to stuff ravioli for a savory dinner
•Roast the pumpkin seeds for a tasty snack
•Try adding a little pumpkin to your pancake batter for a nice fall touch

Toast your own pumpkin seeds:

Separate pumpkin seeds from the flesh of the pumpkin. This is easily done if you place the seeds in a bowl of water. The seeds float. Drain and dry the seeds. Drizzle seeds with a little oil and stir to coat the seeds evenly. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Place seeds on baking sheet evenly and place in over for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Turn seeds every so often.
Make your own trail mix with your toasted pumpkin seeds:

Add  ½ cup each of the following:
-Cranberries
-Pumpkin Seeds
-Almonds
-Coconut
-Raisin

Mix together and eat for a healthy snack! Use whatever combination of nuts and dried fruit you like.

Importance of being at a healthy weight video

Our very own Aurora Buffington, health educator for the Southern Nevada Health District, talks in this quick video about the importance of being at a healthy weight, how to calculate your ideal weight and the consequences of being overweight or obese. To see more youtube videos by our Get Healthy team check out our youtube page!
Also be sure to sign up for our Get Healthy Holiday Challenge. It’s a free program that provides weekly tips, recipes, and resources for keeping you healthy all season long. We even offer prizes for regular participants! The program starts next week so sign up now on our website http://www.gethealthyclarkcounty.org/hhc/index.php

Healthy Holiday Challange 2013!

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. For 60+ days we are surrounded by big meals and sweet treats.  We have holiday parties, family gatherings, decorating, shopping and the list goes on!  Is it any wonder why we give up our health habits!?

Let us help you stay on track all the way through the holiday season by signing up for our Get Healthy Holiday Challenge. We will challenge you each week to adopt just one healthy behavior. They are simple and easy to do challenges but help you maintain your healthy habits. Each challenge encourages healthy behavior, such as a daily 15-minute walk or eating three servings of vegetables each day, and ways that you can work it into your busy holiday schedule.

It’s a free program that provides weekly tips, recipes, and resources for keeping you healthy all season long. We even offer prizes for regular participants! The program starts next week so sign up now on our website http://www.gethealthyclarkcounty.org/hhc/index.php

Was one of your New Year’s Resolutions to participate in a 5K?

The year 2013 is quickly coming to an end. Was one of your New Year’s Resolutions to participate in a 5K? If so,  there are still 12 weeks to run, jog, or walk in a 5K to complete your resolution. With the upcoming holidays, many organizations are putting together run/walks to raise awareness  and support. This can be an opportunity to donate to the organization of your choosing while being physically active.

If you are looking for some help with training for a 5K, we can help! The Get Healthy team has put together a 5K training program to help you go from the couch to a 5K in no time.

Here you’ll find a list of races in October. We will post more races in coming months.

OCTOBER RACES

October 13 – National Nurses 5K
Begins at 6:30 AM
Location: Red Rock Canyon
Website: http://www.nationalnurseshalfmarathon.com/

October 13 – The Touchdown Run
$40 Registration Fee, October 11-Last day to register
Begins at 8 AM
Location: The RoadRunner, 9820 W Flamingo
Website: http://jusrun.com/races

October 13 – Glow Run
$50 Registration Fee
Begins at 7 PM
Location: Downtown
Website: http://www.glowrun.com/

October 19 – Race for Life 5k Run
$28 Registration Fee
Begins at 7 AM
Location: Sunset Regional Park, 2601 E Sunset Road
Website: http://wrmcsn.org/

October 19 – Color Me Rad
$50 Registration Fee
Begins at 9 AM
Location: Las Vegas Speedway
Website: https://www.colormerad.com/

October 19 – LVTC Little People of America 4th Annual Dwarfism Awareness 5K
$25 Registration Fee
Begins at 9 AM
Location: Wayne Bunker Family Park, 7351 W Alexander Road
Website: http://www.lvtc.org/

October 26 – Recycled! 5k
$30 Registration Fee by Oct 24, $35 Race Day
Begins at 6 AM
Location: River Mountains Loop Trail at the Railroad Pass Trailhead
Website: http://www.calicoracing.com/

October 27 – Zombie Run
$60 Registration Fee
Begins at 9 AM
Location: Sunset Park Trails
Website: http://lasvegaszombierun.com/

Southern Nevada Trails Day 2013!

Bring your family and come join us for Southern Nevada Trails Day on Saturday Oct 5th! Our Get Healthy Staff will be participating in this annual event that promotes trails and physical activity in our great valley. There will be many booths and educational exhibits, activities for all ages, horses, a youth fun walk, and the city of Henderson Trails Photo Contest display and awards presentation. Bring your bike for a basic maintenance check compliments of REI and enjoy our bike swap. Come learn about trails and outdoor opportunities here in the valley. Talk to our local experts about what is happening in our area to improve our great outdoor resources. Come enjoy the outdoors!

Southern NV Trails Day

October 5, 2013
Corner Stone Park
1600 Wigwam Pkwy.
Henderson, NV
(i215 & Stephanie St.)
9am-1pm, Admission is free