Sign up to lose 10 lbs in 10 weeks!

When it comes to weight loss, there’s no lack of fad diets promising fast results. But such diets limit your nutritional intake, can be unhealthy, and tend to fail in the long run. The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t about short-term dietary changes. It’s about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses. Staying in control of your weight contributes to good health now and as you age. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Want to lose weight but not sure how to do it yet? Let the Get Healthy Team help you lose 10lbs in 10 weeks. Sign up for our Free program and get tips, resources and helpful information to help you cut 250 calories from your diet and burn 250 calories. Sign up for the 10 in 10 !

For more resources visit our Million Hearts webpage on the Get Healthy Clark County.

 

High Cholesterol equals High Risk

Having high blood cholesterol puts you at risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance and our body needs some cholesterol, but it can build up on the walls of your arteries and lead to heart disease and stroke when you have too much in your blood. Lowering your cholesterol can reduce your risk of having a heart attack, needing heart bypass surgery or angioplasty, and dying of heart disease. 

High cholesterol has no symptoms; so many people don’t know that their cholesterol is too high. Your doctor can do a simple blood test to check your levels. Exercising, eating a healthy diet, and not smoking will help you prevent high cholesterol and reduce your levels. For more information on Cholesterol visit this webpage

The Health District will provide free blood pressure checks between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19 at the Health District’s new public health center, located at 280 S. Decatur Blvd.

Some resources to help you eat better and be more active:

•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.
•Join the Walk Around Nevada and increase your activity 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 our tips for healthy eating. 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  is a free online program designed to help you lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks.

 For more resources visit our Million Hearts webpage on the Get Healthy Clark County site.

Free Blood Pressure Checks!

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in Nevada and across the country. To commemorate American Heart Month, the Southern Nevada Health District is joining the national Million Hearts™ campaign to prevent more than one million heart attacks and strokes in the United States. Many factors contribute to your risk of developing High Blood Pressure and it’s important to know if you are at risk.

You are at risk if….

Background:
You’re over age 60.
A parent, brother or sister has high blood pressure or heart disease.
You’re African American or Hispanic.

Health History:
You’re overweight.
You have unhealthy cholesterol levels.
You have diabetes.
You have heart disease or kidney disease.

Lifestyle:
You smoke.
You rarely exercise.
You often eat salty, fried or greasy foods.
You drink two or more alcoholic drinks a day.

Getting your blood pressure checked is the first step!

The Health District will provide free blood pressure checks between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12 and Friday, Feb. 19 at the Health District’s new public health center, located at 280 S. Decatur Blvd. The Medical Reserve Corps is a reserve of active, inactive, and retired health care professionals and others who can be rapidly mobilized to augment a medical response during an emergency or public health response.

For more resources visit our Million Hearts webpage on the Get Healthy Clark County site.

Tell us where you want to see walking and biking improvements

Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is updating the Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan for Southern Nevada. We need your input on our community’s cycling and pedestrian needs and concerns! This is your opportunity to let the RTC know where you want to see improved walking and biking connections in Southern Nevada.

If you would like to give your input please participate in the quick online survey.

If you would like to give more detailed input and show exactly where you think we need new or improved routes please participate also using the interactive mapping tool.

The surveys will be live until Feb 28th. For more information visit: http://bit.ly/1nKEEGX

 

 

Quit tobacco and Reduce Heart Disease

Every year, Americans suffer more than 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes. When it comes to preventing heart disease, there are things that you can do to reduce your risk. One of the best things you can do is quit smoking. Smoking raises your blood pressure, causes hardening and narrowing of the arteries and reduces the oxygen that reaches the body’s tissues, which increases your risk for heart attack and stroke.
There are many forms of tobacco on the market, and people often think some forms are safe and don’t cause health problems. This isn’t true. There is no safe form of tobacco.

Also there has been a rapid introduction of e-cigarettes into the market nationwide. Many people believe that e-cigarettes are less harmful than regular cigarettes. The e-cigarette companies advertise their products as a better-smelling, cheaper, and guilt-free alternative to smoking. Several e-cigarette marketers are also marketing their products as a means to quit smoking, despite a lack of credible evidence that says they are effective. Instead use the Nevada Tobacco Quit line as a free resource to quit smoking.
More than four out of five people want to quit. Quitting is hard and often requires multiple attempts. Using counseling or medication increases the chance of a quit attempt being successful. The combination of both counseling and medication is the most effective method of quitting.  It might seem difficult, but nearly 50 million adults have quit tobacco. If they can do it, you can too! Just call 1-800-QUIT-NOW  (1-800-784-8669) or enroll online.

The Nevada Tobacco Quit line offers FREE resources to quit smoking for residents 13 years or older. Resources include:
Free 8 week supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)- provided to Medicaid and uninsured clients, supply mailed to client’s home, counseling and support provided while people are becoming non-tobacco users.
 Free 2 week supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)- provided to privately insured clients, supply mailed to client’s home, counseling and support provided while people are becoming non-tobacco users.
Fast, Free telephonic access to trained tobacco cessation experts that can assist with quitting the use of all tobacco products including e-cigarettes.
1-800-QUIT-NOW  (1-800-784-8669) Hours of Operation: Every day 4 am – 10 pm (PST)

Prevent a heart attack or stroke and quit smoking today. For more resources visit our Million Hearts webpage on the Get Healthy Clark County site.

 

Southern Nevada Health District has moved locations!

We moved! You can find the Southern Nevada Health District at our new location on 280 S. Decatur Las Vegas, NV 89107 (The corner of Meadows and Decatur. Right off the exit on Decatur & 95)

This will be our main location and you will be able to access the following services:

Birth and Death Certificates

Birth and Death Certificates are also available online and by mail.
Call (702) 759-1010 for more information.
 

Food Handler Safety Training Cards

Food Handler Safety Training Cards are also available at our East Las Vegas and Henderson Public Health Centers. Call (702) 759-1099 for more information.

Immunizations

Immunizations services continue to be available at our East Las Vegas, Henderson and Mesquite Public Health Centers. Call (702) 759-0850 for more information.

Sexual Health Clinic: Call (702) 759-0702 for more information.

Tuberculosis Clinic: Call (702) 759-1369 for more information.
 

Environmental Health Services

Citizen Complaints: (702) 759-0588

Food Operations: (702) 759-0588

Public Accommodations: (702) 759-1258

Solid Waste Plan Review: (702) 759-0661

Subdivision Review: (702) 759-0661

Vector Control: (702) 759-0588
 

Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System Call (702) 759-1050 for more information.
For more information check out our website http://southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/