Survey for the Spencer Greenway Trail

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada needs your feedback for the Spencer Greenway Trail and UNLV Campus Bike Plan, a year-long project to develop conceptual plans for a trail along the Spencer utility corridor and identify a bicycle network on the UNLV Main Campus. The RTC of Southern Nevada is conducting this study to determine the level of community support and the desired design elements for a paved path connecting UNLV and Downtown Las Vegas. The proposed path would be primarily be constructed along a 100-foot wide existing NV Energy utility corridor that runs adjacent to Spencer Street. Additionally, the project team will develop a plan for improved bicycle connectivity and associated amenities such as bicycle parking at the UNLV Main Campus on Maryland Parkway. Participate in the plan by taking the online survey or attending an upcoming event. More information is available at www.rtcsnv.com.

Link to the Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/spencerunlv

Being realistic about your goals.

With all the fad diets, weight-loss programs and promised quick fixes it can be difficult to wade through all the ways in which you can achieve your weight loss goals. It is easy to get swayed into thinking these types of gimmicks can help you find lasting success. However, the time tested foundation of permanent change remains the same. Successful weight loss combines healthy calorie-controlled diet combined with exercise. How can you make these changes permanent?

Set realistic goals
It may seem obvious to set realistic weight-loss goals. But do you really know what’s realistic? Over the long term, it’s best to aim for losing 1 to 2 pounds a week. Generally to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week, you need to burn 500 to 1,000 calories more than you consume each day, through a lower calorie diet and regular exercise. When you’re setting goals, think about both process and outcome goals. “Exercise every day” is an example of a process goal. “Lose 30 pounds” is an example of an outcome goal. It isn’t essential that you have an outcome goal, but you should set process goals because changing your habits is a key to weight loss.

Understand how much and why you eat
Use a food diary or tracking app for a while to gain an understanding of what, how much, and when you are eating. If you tend to snack late at night or visit fast food restaurants several times a day or week, those might be opportunities to make healthier choices. Being mindful of your eating habits and aware of common roadblocks and excuses in your efforts to lose weight can help you set and reach realistic goals.

Change your perspective
It’s not enough to eat healthy foods and exercise for only a few weeks or even months if you want long-term, successful weight loss. These habits must become a way of life. Lifestyle changes start with taking an honest look at your eating patterns and daily routine.
After assessing your personal challenges to weight loss, try working out a strategy to gradually change habits and attitudes that have sabotaged your past efforts. And you have to move beyond simply recognizing your challenges — you have to plan for how you’ll deal with them if you’re going to succeed in losing weight once and for all.

You likely will have an occasional setback. But instead of giving up entirely after a setback, simply start fresh the next day. Remember that you’re planning to change your life. It won’t happen all at once. Stick to your healthy lifestyle and the results will be worth it.

National Park Week. Free admission!

National Park Week, April 16 to 24, 2016, is America’s largest celebration of national heritage. It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks! It’s all happening in your national parks.

Now’s The Time!
Plan your visit by what you want to do or where you want to go.  

Here are some highlights during National Park Week:

April 16–24: Visit for free!
Throughout National Park Week in 2016, every national park will give you free admission! Find a park close to you!

April 16: National Junior Ranger Day
Explore, Learn, Protect! Kids can take part in fun programs and earn a junior ranger badge or become a Centennial Junior Ranger.

April 22: Earth Day
On Earth Day, if you want to roll up your sleeves and pitch in with a project, look for a park where you can help out.

April 23: National Park Instameet
Join an InstaMeet in a park. Gather in a designated place at a specific time to take photos and short videos to post on Instagram (and other social media) with the same hashtag: #FindYourParkInstaMeet, #FindYourPark, #EncuentraTuParque, #NPS100

April 24: Park Rx Day
On Park Rx Day, parks will host fun recreational activities that encourage healthy lifestyles and promote physical and mental well being. (Looking to host your own event? Download A Guide to Planning Your Own National Park Rx Day Celebration

Don’t forget to check out www.nationalparkweek.org. There you can share your national park photos, videos, and tips. While you’re there, learn all about the ways you can help support your national parks all year round.

If you can’t visit a National Park, check out a local park near your home. Neon to Nature.

Fit more Fitness in your Day

Here is a ist of some great ways to fit more strolling into your daily routine — no sweat required:

Take your next phone call on foot. Whether it’s your boss calling, your neighbor or a friend, stand up and go for a stroll while you’re having a conversation.

Take the stairs. Stair climbing has moved beyond the broken elevator option. It not only saves time (especially during peak hours when it seems to stop at every floor), but it increases strength and is good for your heart!

Walk the dog. Fido needs exercise, too! So strap on the leash and take a walk around the neighborhood or to the dog park.

Take a family stroll. Grab the gang and head outside for a walk, especially now that the weather is warming up. It’s a great way to burn energy either pre- or post-dinner!

Park farther away. Driving to the office, school, the mall or even the bank? Then you can easily add more steps into your day by picking the farthest parking spot possible.

Get off one stop early. If you’re taking public transportation, such as the bus or subway, why not get off one stop sooner, and walk those extra blocks to your destination?

Looking for motivation to be more active? Check out our Walk Around Nevada app!

List of Farmers Markets near you in Las Vegas

Looking for a farmers market in your neighborhood. Check out our list of markets here in Clark County.

Farmers Markets Accepting EBT Debit and Credit

Now offering SNAP recipients $2 free for every $5 spent at the market.

*Las Vegas Farmers Market - Gardens Park external link
Thursday, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
10401 Gardens Park Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89135

*Las Vegas Farmers Market - Bruce Trent Park external link
Wednesday, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
1600 N. Rampart, Las Vegas, NV 89128
*Las Vegas Farmers Market - Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs external link
First and 3rd Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
9200 Tule Springs Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89131

*Fresh 52 @ Tivoli Village external link
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
302 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145

*Fresh 52 @ Sansone Park Place external link
Sunday, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
9480 S. Eastern, Las Vegas, NV 89123

*The Green Chefs Farmers Market external link
Closed until Spring 2016
333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89107

On The Ranch Farmers Market  external link
Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
628 W. Craig Road, North Las Vegas, NV 89032

On the Ranch Farmers & Artisan Market  external link
Elks Lodge #1468
Monday, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
4100 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89102

*The Farms at Fantastic external link - Hours subject to change.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
1717 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89128

*Vegas Roots Community Garden
Summer Hours: Tuesday - Thursday and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Winter Hours: Tuesday - Thursday and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
715 N. Tonopah Drive, Las Vegas NV, 89106
Wholesome Wave*Funding for this program comes from Wholesome Wave’s Nutrition Incentive Program Support and Innovations Grant (NIPSIG) and will run from March through September 2016 or until grant funds are exhausted.
Other Farmers Markets Around Town

Country Fresh Farmers Market external link
Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
240 S. Water St., Henderson, NV 89015

Country Fresh Farmer’s Market II external link
Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
200 S. Green Valley Pkwy., Henderson, NV 89012

Downtown 3rd Farmers Market external link
Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
300 N. Casino Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89101
(Casino Center and Stewart)
Parking is complimentary, in the adjacent lot.

Downtown Summerlin Farmers Market external link
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. under the Pavilion
Sahara Ave. & 215 Beltway, Las Vegas, NV 89135