Quit smoking and save your heart!

Certain types of heart disease can be prevented by making lifestyle changes. Quitting smoking is one of those lifestyle changes that can prevent heart diseases. Smoking can lead to heart attack or stroke and steals an average of 13-14 years of your life. It causes immediate harm to your body.  If you could see it, would you still smoke? Check out this video.

The good news is that it’s never too late to quit! Once you stop smoking, your risk for heart attack and stroke declines each year. The health benefits of quitting smoking are substantial including decreasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, lung and other cancers, and chronic lung disease.

The most effective and long term approach to break nicotine dependence is to get professional help in creating your individual strategy to quit smoking. Do you have a family or friend who needs to quit? Give them information on how to get help to quit!

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


Healthy heart equals healthy choices

Good heart health means being active, eating healthy and maintaining a healthy weight. We understand that can sometimes be a challenge. Here are some resources to help you do just that!

  • Join the Nutrition Challenge and learn how to eat healthier. This free 8-week online program will help you increase the number of fruits and veggies you eat each day.
  • Go for a walk outside! Find trails and parks in your neighborhood. Check out the Neon to Nature App.
  • Take the guesswork out of healthy eating. By choosing a plan that’s just right for you, these 28-day meal plans can help you healthfully lose weight and learn the patterns of a heart-healthy diet.
  • Join the Walk Around Nevada and increase your acitivity by keeping track of your steps or miles. Complete a lap around NV and earn a Hall of Fame T-shirt!
  • You don’t have to drastically change the way you shop to eat healthy. Check out this link to find tips to ensure you have the right foods in your healthy eating plan.
  • Looking to lose some pounds? The 10 in 10 Challenge is a free online program designed to help you lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks.
Reduce your blood pressure and help your heart

Too much sodium increases your risk for high blood pressure… and high blood pressure is the leading cause of heart attack and stroke. By taking the right steps to reduce your sodium intake, your blood pressure can begin decreasing within weeks. You can help control it! We consume excess sodium—primarily from salt added to food by manufacturers and restaurants—increasing our risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Look for low-sodium options. Eat out less. Look for canned items that say no salt added. These small changes can add up. Want to get your blood pressure checked? Find a location near you using this tool. For more information click Million Hearts.

Be one in a Million!

This February we are focusing on healthy hearts.  We are committing with our national partners to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes. Be one in a million! Take the Million Hearts Pledge! Make a commitment to saving your life. Wondering if you are at risk for cardiovascular diseases? Use the assessment tool My Life Check to assess your current cardiovascular health.

Most risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, specifically high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, and obesity are preventable and controllable. Reducing your risk is as easy as knowing your ABCs…

Appropriate aspirin therapy
Blood pressure control
Cholesterol management
Smoking Cessation

For more information on the ABCS of heart health check out the Reduce Risk Reduction Fact Sheet.


10 in 10 Challenge 2015!

I am going to get organized…I am going to spend more time with friends and family…I am going to lose weight…

We have all made New Year’s resolutions before, and by about the 3rd week in January, we have forgotten about them, lost motivation, or given up!  Well if your New Year’s resolution was to drop a few pounds, you are in luck; the Southern Nevada Health District has created the 10 in 10 Challenge to help you lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks!

This program is not a diet, you don’t have to give up your favorite foods, eat foods you have never heard of, or work out for 5 hours a day!  The program is simple, simply reduce your caloric intake by 250 calories each day and increase your activity level by 250 calories each day. 

The 10 in 10 Challenge will teach you about what you normally eat and how many calories you normally consume.  We will provide you with a list of options to make food swaps that will save you calories throughout the day.  And we’re also going to give you ways to burn off 250 calories each day.

The program is designed to let people make their own choices so if you already know you can’t give up your latte every morning that’s OK.  We’re going to give you ways to make food swaps throughout the day that will still get you to that 250 calorie deficit.  Combined with some daily activity, modifications to the foods that you normally eat will get you eating healthy for a lifetime.

The challenge begins on February 9, 2015.  It is FREE and open to anyone.  Sign up today at www.gethealthyclarkcounty.org !!