Find the perfect fit!

Somtimes we think being “into fitness” means that we have to excel at every endeavor we try. Which is not possible!  Some activitiese leave us feeling energized and empowered (Hello running and Zumba!)  And others might make you feel defeated and embarrassed (Hello Insanity and tennis!) Exercise is not one size fits all.  Not every workout is suited to or even safe for everyone.  Sounds logical right, but when you hear your best friend swear up and down that hot yoga melted (not literally) the fat from her thighs, you feel like you must try it!  But if spin class is not your thing, you are not likely going to stick with it.  For exercise to be sustainable, you need to enjoy what you are doing.  It needs to feel good,  be something you desire to do, please your mind and get you closer to your goal whether you want to run a marathon or  just lose that baby weight.  So find what works for you, and it is OK if it is not the latest fitness craze or your friends sure fire weight loss workout! Do what works best for you!

Soda Free Summer 2014

The Southern Nevada Health District is kicking off second annual Soda Free Summer Challenge. The challenge is designed to inspire you to make a lasting commitment to health by reducing or eliminating sweetened beverages. We invite you to Take the Soda Free Summer Pledge!
Pledge to go soda free for up to 4 weeks and you’ll be entered into the Soda Free Summer raffle. Raffle grand prize is an iPod shuffle. Enter the raffle by downloading the pledge card and tracker sheet. Fill out these forms and after 4 weeks scan your pledge card and tracker sheet and email them to gethealthy@snhdmail.org by Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.
Did you know?

-There are 4 grams of sugar in 1 teaspoon of soda.
-There are 10 teaspoons of sugar in a 12-oz bottle of soda.
-Diet sodas are not necessarily good for you because they contain a lot of artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors.
-Soda and sugary drinks contribute to tooth decay in infants.
-Teens drink twice as much soda as milk.

Ways to Prevent Cancer

Most everyone has been affected by cancer in one way or the other. Either by a friend/relative or having been diagnosed themselves. As we get older the idea of getting cancer can loom over our heads and can lead to feelings of uncertainty. Doing all that we can to prevent cancer can leave our minds feeling peaceful and calm. While there is no certain way to prevent cancer, your risk of developing cancer can be reduced substantially by adopting these healthy habits:

Eat healthy foods: Choose a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Select whole grains and lean proteins.

Increase physical activity: Aim for 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. If you haven’t been exercising regularly, start out slowly and work your way up to 30 minutes or longer.

Avoid tobacco use: If you smoke, quit. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. Smoking is linked to several types of cancer — not just lung cancer.

Avoid sun exposure: Harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can increase your risk of skin cancer.

Achieve an optimal weight: Work to achieve and maintain a healthy weight through a combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Get screened: Talk to your doctor about what types of cancer screening exams are best for you.

Learn your family’s medical history: Be informed about the types of cancer in your family history. Research related information and know what types of screenings are available.

Ask your doctor about immunizations: Certain viruses increase your risk of cancer. Immunizations may help prevent those viruses, including hepatitis B, which increases the risk of liver cancer, and Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which increases the risk of cervical cancer and other cancers. Ask your doctor whether immunization against these viruses is appropriate for you.

The American Cancer Society’s prevention checklists can help you assess your potential risk for developing various cancers.
-Prevention Checklist for Men
-Prevention Checklist for Women