Happy Healthy Halloween!

For many, Halloween kicks off the annual holiday season, which stretches for several months of celebrations with family and friends. These celebrations involve a consistent presence of food, and often that of the unhealthy persuasion. And Halloween, with its ever-expanding candy sacks, may be the biggest culprit. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

A healthy Halloween starts at home. The way you celebrate with your family will set the tone for health as your kids partake in other classroom parties and out-of-school time celebrations. Here are some treat tips for your household:

Plan to trick-or-treat after a healthy dinner. When your kids are full, they will be less likely to snack on the treats they accumulate later in the evening.

Leave the pillow cases at home and give your kids smaller treat containers to use while venturing out to collect their neighborhood bounty.

Participate in a Halloween candy buy-back program where children donate their Halloween candy to American soldiers overseas. Or swap your child’s sweet for a sweet prize, toy or extra minutes playing at the park.

Happy Healthy Halloween from the Get Healthy Team!

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Unhealthy Checkout

It seems everywhere you shop these days, there is junk food, soda, and other sugar-sweetened beverages at the checkout. Candy at the home furnishing store? Soda at the office supply store? Munchies at the home improvement store? Yes, most retail stores are pushing extra calories on their customers. The Center for Science and Public Interest conducted a field study of checkout aisles in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area in 30 retail stores across 14 store types, from grocery and convenience stores to hardware, toy, and electronic stores. They assessed the presence and type of food, beverages, and non‐food merchandise at each checkout.

Across 30 grocery stores and other retailers, they found that candy, gum, energy bars, chips, cookies, soda, and other sugar drinks comprise the majority of food and beverages at checkout. The widespread availability of junk food and sugary beverages means that even shopping for clothes or books has become yet another occasion for food companies to push (unhealthy) products on people. This is a powerful form of food marketing that contributes to unhealthy eating. Just as the natural environment is polluted by chemical emissions, our food environment is polluted by a glut of sugar, salt, and fat—and checkout contributes to this unhealthy food environment. Despite high levels of obesity, retailers and food and beverage manufacturers push extra calories on people at every turn.

Check out the one-page summary “Sugar Overload: Retail Checkout Promotes Obesity”

The Get Healthy Holiday Challenge!

The holiday season is almost here, and we all know what that means— temptation! As much as we look forward to holiday parties and dinners, many of us fear enjoying it too much – and packing on the pounds.

The average American consumes approximately 4,500 calories and 229 grams fat from eating a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. And that doesn’t include breakfast, lunch, or late-night snacking on leftovers, or the bounty of holiday sweets that are consumed in December!

Studies show that the average American gains 1 to 2 pounds during the holiday season. And, those extra pounds tend to become permanent baggage. Year after year, those pounds can add up, and contribute to overweight or obesity later in life.

Although we may not all gain weight over the holidays, there is no question we tend to eat and drink more — and exercise less. With the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, parties and festive traditions, healthy eating and exercise are usually the first things to go.   No one wants to be on a strict diet during the holidays. We want to enjoy the bounty of traditional favorite foods. How can you enjoy the holidays and still maintain those healthy habits?  Join the Get Healthy Holiday Challenge!!  It begins Monday, October 13 and will challenge you to adopt new healthy behaviors during the holiday season.

Each week you will be emailed a ‘health challenge’ on Monday.  Each challenge encourages healthful living, such as a daily 15-minute walk or eating three servings of vegetables each day.   You can track your weekly progress by using the online tracker on the website and be eligible for prizes!   We’ll also provide lots of tips, resources and motivation to help you meet the challenge. To register or sign in: http://www.gethealthyclarkcounty.org/hhc/.

Get Outdoors Nevada Day 2014!

Southern Nevada has lots of great ways for you to get out and be active!!  On Saturday October 25, 2014 you can come and celebrate all the recreation opportunities that we have at Get Outdoors Nevada Day.  Get Outdoors Nevada Day is presented by The Outside Las Vegas Foundation in partnership with the City of North Las Vegas. This celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Craig Ranch Regional Park located at 628 W Craig Rd, North Las Vegas. The Get Healthy team will have a booth promoting healthy eating and encouraging physical activity. Feel free to stop by and say hi!

Attendees will find out the “how to’s” and “where to’s” for outdoor recreation in our Southern Nevada.  Learn about the many ways you can enjoy the outdoors in new, fun and accessible ways. Participants at Get Outdoors Nevada Day can try out sporting demos, try out the latest sporting equipment, see recreation demonstrations, and enjoy an outdoor picnic and more.
For more information about Get Outdoors Nevada Day, call 702-997-3350 or visit
www.getoutdoorsnevada.org/day.