A little healthier Thanksgiving

Put the bird in the oven and your feet in your shoes. Take time before or after you eat to take a walk or play with your kids at the park. Fit in some activity earlier in the day before you start your feast.

Sample not scoop. Holidays mean we look forward all year to eating certain foods. Have a sample of all your favorites but try to limit yourself to a few tablespoons instead of a big scoop. That way you satisfy your craving without eating too much.

Talk more and eat less. It is easy to get drawn into the appetizer table at the holiday party. Before you even eat, you can consume enough calories for a whole meal. Instead of killing time before dinner munching on the finger foods, spend time getting to know the other guests at the party or catch up with old friends. A little conversation will keep your mouth busy without spoiling your plans to not over eat.

Best part of thanksgiving is the leftovers. Happily share the leftovers with your guests and send extra food home with everyone. They will love it and you will not be tempted with all the leftover food. Plan ahead and purchase extra inexpensive storage containers that you can package leftover food for your guests. This will make it easier for you to divide and send home food.

Quit smoking for FREE

Interested in quitting smoking? Whether you prefer the support of a group setting, online services, or calling from the comfort of your own home, there’s a program that’s right for you. Here are two resources to help you quit smoking for FREE.

Nevada Tobacco Quitline: The Nevada Tobacco Quitline offers FREE telephone-based service to Nevada residents 18 years or older, so you can speak to a coach in person. Through the telephone program, you can receive a free supply of nicotine replacement patches, gum, or lozenges. Coaches will determine if you are eligible to receive the nicotine replacement therapy.

The Quitline also offers a FREE online service. When you enroll online, you get special tools, a support team of coaches, research-based information, and a community of others trying to become tobacco free. Expert coaches can talk to you about overcoming common barriers, such as dealing with stress, fighting cravings, coping with irritability, and controlling weight gain. Call 1-800-QUIT NOW or (800) 784-8669 to start the process today. Hours of Operation: Monday – Sunday 4 a.m. – 10 p.m., Pacific Standard Time

American Lung Association Freedom From Smoking: Freedom From Smoking (FFS), American Lung Association’s adult cessation program, guides individuals through the quitting process with eight sessions over a 7-week period. This program is FREE. For more information on Freedom From Smoking, or to schedule a class, contact Richard Davis at (702) 431-6348.

Contact one of these programs below to get started on the road to quitting for good! For more resources check out our website.

National Diabetes Month

Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States with approximately 9.3 percent of the population impacted by it. Most of us know a family member or friend that is dealing with diabetes and it can be hard to know how to help them manage this very serious disease. We have some great resources and information on our website related to diabetes. One of the best resources is our Diabetes Directory. This directory is full of information and local services that can help those dealing with this disease.

When it comes to symptoms of diabetes, it can vary depending on the type of diabetes diagnosed. Some symptoms are so mild that people do not notice them. People with diabetes may not experience symptoms or may experience some or all of the following symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes:

-Feeling very thirsty
-Urinating often
-Feeling very hungry even though you are eating
-Unexplained weight loss- even though you are eating more (type 1)
-Tingling, numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)
-Picture of man drinking water Extreme Fatigue
-Blurred vision
-Slow-healing sores or bruises
Although type 1 diabetes can develop at any age, it typically appears during childhood or adolescence. Type 2 diabetes, the most common type, can develop at any age and is often preventable.

Call your doctor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above.

For more information about Diabetes please visit our webpage that is full of resources and information.

A mobile App to find trails near you!

Looking for a great place to go walking in your neighborhood? Want to find new trails to explore? Download the Neon to Nature app.

Southern Nevada Health District has launched a new mobile app called Neon to Nature that features an easy way to find walking trails in your neighborhood and across the valley. Detailed information about each trail is provided, such as its location with map, surface type, length of the trail, photos and any of the trail’s associated amenities. Download the app on your iphone or android phone for FREE today!