Happy Screen-Free Week!

We invite you to join with us and participate in TV Turn-off Week the week of May 5th – 11th !  TV Turn-off week is a fun way to promote reducing the use of television, video games and other screen devices.  It is recommended that children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Turning off these devices is a great opportunity to improve your health and the health of your family.  This can also be a great way to spend time with your family doing other activities. Cutting back on television and video games is a great way to find the time to play outside, take a walk, or try new activities as a family. For more information and resources.

Drownings can be prevented!

During the Vegas hot summer days the only place to find relief is taking a dip in the pool.  Most people like to spend as much time as they can relaxing by the pool and enjoying the water. Young children especially love the water, they are curious and attracted to it. This makes water safety and drowning prevention one of the most important things to remember in the summer weather. Most drowning victims are 4 years old or younger. The majority of drowning deaths occur in the family pool, with 70 percent of incidents occurring between 2 and 8 p.m. The Southern Nevada Health District reported 40 submersion incidents in 2013 involving children 14 years old or younger. Of those 4 were fatal. Drowning is a quick and silent killer. In the time it takes to get a towel (10 seconds) a child could be submerged. In the time it takes to answer the phone (2 minutes) a child can lose consciousness. In the time it takes to answer the front door (4-6 minutes) a submerged child can sustain permanent brain damage or die. But drowning can be prevented!

The ABC&D’s of drowning prevention focuses on the following safety tips to prevent drownings:
A = Adult supervision refers to designating an adult who can swim to actively supervise children around water. Hire a lifeguard for pool parties and social gatherings around water.
B = Barriers refers to the installation of layers of protection between your home and your pool to ensure safety, including perimeter fences at least 60 inches high, securing and alarming doggie doors so children can’t crawl through them, and spa safety covers.
C = Classes, including swim lessons and CPR, are a must for family members.
D = Devices such as life jackets, personal flotation devices and rescue tools create a safe pool environment.

For pool parties where you know it might be too hard to supervise the pool, you can also hire a professional lifeguard through www.lifeguards2u.com

For more information about drowning prevention, check out our website.

Check out these community events!

Its Spring Break this coming week which means time to get outside and check out some of the active and healthy things happening in our community!

Healthy Food Event
Saturday, 12 April 2014 @ 11:00am
Location : Clark County Amphitheater, 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy, Las Vegas
Announcing the first of its kind Health Food Fair of Las Vegas! Chefs will present healthy but delicious versions of your favorite foods. Fitness demonstrations will help you rev up your energy. Phil Flowers will provide musical entertainment and there will be vendor samples, information and products dealing with a healthier lifestyle. The Las Vegas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has adopted this event to promote healthier living in the Las Vegas community. Rosie’s Wish CDC & Life Skills and Skillets are nonprofit organizations that teach life skills for people of all ages who suffer from diabetes, and for prevention of diseases, such as obesity, through healthy cooking and eating habits. Nutritional advice is combined with personalized movement information to heal the body. General tickets are $5 and $3 for seniors and military with ID. Children under 5 are free. For information, contact Chef Ronald Torres, 702-771-3232 or email lifeskills02@hotmail.com.

Henderson Stroll ‘n Roll
Along Paseo Verde Parkway from Henderson Multigenerational Center to Valle Verde Drive
Saturday, April 12  10am-2pm ~ Free Admission
This street fair gives our residents the opportunity to bike, walk, run or roll on car-free streets and enjoy music, demonstrations, free fitness classes, family activities and a variety of food trucks.

Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA
Saturday, 26 April 2014 @ 10:00am
Location : Bill and Lillie Heinrich YMCA  4141 Meadows Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89107
Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out and grow. But for some kids, exposure to activities that stimulate the body and mind ends with the school year. In fact, research shows that kids are prone to gain more weight and fall behind in studies. On April 26, the Y will celebrate Healthy Kids Day®, our national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids. Over 1,500 Ys across the country are taking part in Healthy Kids Day, holding free community events that are open to all kids and families and filled with fun, active play and educational opportunities. For more Info Call: (702) 877-9622

Girls On The Run 5K
Sunday, 27 April 2014  @ 9:00am
Location : Kellogg Zaher sports complex; 7901 W. Washington Ave, Las Vegas NV 89128
Come run with us!  Registration/ Info: www.girlsOnTheRunLV.org

Henderson Trails contest
April 1-May 31~Free to Participate
From family-friendly to challenging, Henderson offers over 184 miles of trails to explore by bike or by foot. During the months of April and May, take a “selfie” in front of any of trail signage, including trailheads, kiosks and interpretive signs. Send it to BikeHenderson@cityofhenderson.com for a chance to win a beach cruiser and other prizes. A list of trails, maps and complete rules are available at BikeHenderson.org.

Check out the Activity Schedule for City of North Las Vegas, Parks and Recreation Department

To find a park in your neighborhood check out our places to play.

How to keep track of your calories ?

The American Council on Fitness offers some great advice when it comes to keeping track of your calories.

They suggest keeping a food journal or a food log or diary. It is a record of everything that you eat and drink during a 24 hour period. A growing amount of research has shown that people who keep a food journal are the ones who lose the most weight and keep it off the longest.

Record everything that you eat and drink. Not only do your main meals matter, but your drinks, snacks, and nibbles do too. The handful of crackers while packing the kids’ lunches, the cookie from the break room at work, and that drink after dinner can all add up in a big way. When you keep track of every bite and sip, you become more aware of calories that sneak in throughout your day.

Be as specific as possible. Include whether foods were part of a meal or snack, the time it was eaten, how it was cooked, and if anything was added (such as dressings, condiments, salt, etc). Record food and drinks right after consumption so that you don’t forget the details.

Include amounts or serving sizes. Most of us overestimate serving sizes. Pay attention to how much food is actually in a serving and record how much you are eating.

Pay attention to your hunger level. Record your hunger level before eating (0= not hungry at all, 10= starving). This can help you learn if you are eating because you are hungry or for other reasons such as boredom, happiness, or anger.Describe your mood or thoughts before eating or drinking. Pay attention to how you feel as you are eating. Are you rewarding or punishing yourself with food? Are you feeling shame or guilt? Write these thoughts down as you become aware of them.

Make recording food intake a daily habit. If you can’t track your food intake every day, do it on most days of the week and especially on days that you are prone to over-eating or making less healthy food choices.

Choose the format that fits your lifestyle. Your food journal can be kept in a notebook, a computer spreadsheet, on a website, or by using a phone App. Several of the internet programs have a large database of foods to choose from so that you may easily keep track of calories and other nutritional information.

Find an accountability partner. It is helpful to find someone with whom you can “check-in” on a regular basis. Choose a supportive, non-judgmental friend, family member, co-worker, health coach, personal trainer, etc.

Check out online resources and apps. Many online programs and apps are available to help make food journaling easier. For example, the USDA’s Supertracker offers one tool to try. Do an internet search for others that you might like.

Feeling overwhelmed? If the thought of keeping a food journal seems impossible to you, try breaking it up into small pieces. Start by recording your basic food intake for a few days. Once you have mastered this, start paying attention to how many servings you eat. Add more details to your journal as you become more comfortable with the process.

Today is National Walking Day!

Today is National Walking Day, a perfect time to encourage everyone to get up and get moving. Engaging in physical activity is one of the most important things people of all ages can do to improve their health. One of the best ways to be active is walking. Get out and take a walk today!

 To check out the Surgeon General’s Every Body Walk Initiative click here