Walking is an easy way to get moving!

Physical activity is one of the most important things Americans can do to improve their health. And Walking is an easy way to get moving!  We are pleased to announce the release of Step It Up!  The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. 

•Only half of American adults get enough physical activity to reduce the risk of chronic disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.

•Not sure how to be more active? Just walk! Walking’s an easy way to start & maintain a physically active lifestyle.

•The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities aims to increase walking across the United States by calling for access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll for people of all ages and abilities.

•Add a little music to your walks! Listen to the Surgeon General’s Walking Playlist on Pandora.

Everyone can help make our community more walkable. To learn more ways to increase walking and the development of walkable communities everywhere visit www.surgeongeneral.gov.

Fun Family Fall events!

We are celebrating Childhood Obesity Prevention month by promoting some great events or activities to help your family get active and eat better.  Check out what is going on!

Healthy Kids Festival: Join us on September 26th at paradise park. Learn how to be healthy and active. A day full of fun and entertainment for the whole family with sport sign-up, live music and healthy food tastings. Children will dance, play soccer, see Zumba and Karate demonstrations and learn how to grow their own foods. Free registration and more info.

Get Outdoors Nevada Day:  The annual celebration promotes trail use and outdoor recreation.  It also includes informational exhibits, booths, basic bike maintenance checks and activities for all ages.

Farmers Markets: Living in the desert you may think there aren’t many places to get fresh grown produce. However, there are several farmers markets around the Valley providing residents with many opportunities to purchase locally/regionally grown produce. Check one out today!

Community Gardens: Community gardens are a great way to expand our access to fresh fruit and vegetables. Even if you don’t consider yourself a master gardener, you can harvest your own produce at school, in your backyard or around the community.

Community Calendar: We have compiled a great list of health events that are taking place in the valley.  Check them out!
 

 

 

 

 

Join us in promoting National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!

September marks National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Obesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents ages 2-19 years in the United States. Childhood obesity puts America’s children at risk for high cholesterol, high blood sugar, asthma, and mental health problems.
But it’s not too late to turn this epidemic around. Communities can work to promote healthy lifestyles for children by:

-Ensuring children and adolescents get the recommended amounts of physical activity each day.
-Improving children’s access to healthy foods and beverages—at home, at school, and at local events and venues.
-Creating and maintaining safe neighborhoods for physical activity and improving access to parks and playgrounds.
-Providing plenty of fruits and vegetables, limiting foods high in solid fats and added sugars, and preparing healthier foods at family meals.

You can also:
-Follow @CDCObesity, and @MakeHealthEZ
-Become a fan of CDC’s Facebook page
-Tag your tweets #NCOAM to join the conversation
-Share a video, podcast, infographic, or badge with your community

Want to know more?
-Childhood Obesity: www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/
-National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: www.healthierkidsbrighterfutures.org/

 

4th graders free access to national parks

Sarting today, fourth graders nationwide can visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid for the 2015-2016 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites.

“Every Kid in a Park is a chance for fourth graders from every background to be outside and get to know the lands and waters that belong to them, whether it’s a national forest, a wildlife refuge, a marine sanctuary or a historic site in the center of a city,” said Christy Goldfuss, Managing Director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). “By expanding their horizons and learning all the ways the outdoors can enrich their lives, this innovative program hopes to create greater awareness of the many benefits of our nation’s public lands and waters.”

Leading up to the 100th birthday of the National Park Service in 2016, President Obama announced the Every Kid in a Park initiative earlier this year as a call to action to get all children to experience America’s unparalleled outdoors, rich history and culture. Today, more than 80 percent of American families live in urban areas, and many lack easy access to safe outdoor spaces. At the same time, youth spend more hours than ever in front of screens instead of outside. By introducing fourth graders to public lands in their backyards and beyond at an early age, Every Kid in a Park is part of a multi-pronged approach to inspire the next generation to discover all that our nation’s public lands and waters have to offer, including opportunities to be active, spend time with friends and family, and serve as living classrooms to build critical skills.

Fourth graders can log onto the website at www.everykidinapark.gov and complete a fun educational activity in order to obtain and print their paper pass. Students may also trade in their paper pass for a more durable pass at participating federal sites nationwide. Educators and community leaders can access educational activities, field trip options, and the ability to print passes for their classrooms. Parents visiting the new website can find additional links for more information on planning trips to nearby public lands. 

The Every Kid in a Park program is designed to continue each year with the then-current group of fourth graders. After twelve years, every school-age child in America will have had an opportunity to visit their public land and waters for free, inspiring the next generation to be stewards of our nation’s shared natural and cultural heritage.