How to Help Promote Healthy Nutrition at School

Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood. Parents play a key role in teaching children to make healthy choices for themselves. But in today’s busy world, this isn’t always easy. Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behaviors.  Here are some tips to help you promote healthy nutrition with your kids.

Learn more about the nutrition standards for school meals.

Eat school breakfast or lunch with your child.

Review school menus with your child, and encourage them to try new menu items. CCSD has implemented ‘Taste It Tuesdays’ where they debut new menu items on the school lunch menu.

Talk with other parents about the benefits of the school meal programs.

 Ask to join your child’s school wellness committee. The Principal will know who the Wellness Coordinator at their school is.

Suggest non-food alternatives for classroom celebrations to your child’s teacher. For example, give extra recess, have a dance party, or go on a special field trip.

Bring in healthy snacks (e.g., fruits, vegetables, whole grains, water) when responsible for contributing items to events and celebrations at school. Check with the teacher to see what their guidelines are and then consult the approved snacks list to make sure what you bring is in line with the Student Wellness Regulation, or use the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Snack Calculator.

Make healthy snacks together with your child. This is an opportunity to learn about healthy food choices.

E-mail or discuss with other parents the importance of having healthy foods and beverages offered during events and celebrations.

For more information on how you can help your school be healthier click here.  

Smoke-Free Housing Directory for Clark County

Secondhand smoke exposure is a serious issue, and one that is especially common in homes that have shared ventilation systems or where smoke can seep through windows, doors and vents.

The Smoke-Free Housing Directory was created to highlight apartment and condominium communities in Clark County that offer smoke-free housing options for residents. The directory is organized by Property Type and Location. To be included in the directory, management has self-reported that one or more buildings are 100 percent free of smoke infiltration. Smoking on these properties may be allowed on patios or in other outdoor spaces.

We will continue to keep this directory updated with smoke-free housing options in Clark County to help you protect yourself and your family from secondhand smoke exposure by finding a safe, smoke-free place to call home.

The tenants’ response at these buildings has been very positive. If you own, manage or know about other smoke-free apartments in Clark County, or call (702) 759-1270.

National Farmers Market Week is August 7 – 13

In an effort to encourage all Southern Nevadans to visit local farmers markets and access seasonal fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet, the Health District and its partner Wholesome Wave are continuing a nutrition incentive program for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients.

Clients can swipe their EBT card at a participating farmers market and use their SNAP benefits to purchase SNAP-eligible foods. For every $5 swiped, SNAP beneficiaries will get an additional $2 to purchase fruits and vegetables. The program will continue through December or until grant funds are expended. SNAP beneficiaries can visit the information booth at participating farmers markets to learn more.

Since 2010, the Health District has been working to increase access to healthy foods by partnering with local farmers markets to support their efforts to become authorized to accept SNAP benefits. Many farmers markets in Southern Nevada now welcome SNAP benefits.

Sunday August 7th:
•Fresh52: Sansone Park Place (9480 S. Eastern Avenue) from 8:30 am – 2 pm
•On The Ranch: Craig Ranch Regional Park from 9 am – 1 pm

Tuesday August 9th:
•Vegas Roots Community Garden (715 N. Tonopah Drive) from 9 am – 1 pm

Wednesday August 10th:
•Las Vegas Farmers Market: Bruce Trent Park (1600 N. Rampart Blvd) from 2 pm – 6 pm
•Vegas Roots Community Garden (715 N. Tonopah Drive) from 9 am – 1 pm

Thursday August 11th:
•Las Vegas Farmers Market: Gardens Park (10401 Gardens Park Drive) from 2 pm – 6 pm
•Vegas Roots Community Garden (715 N. Tonopah Drive) from 9 am – 1 pm

Friday August 12th:
•Downtown 3rd: North Casino Center & Stewart from 9 am – 2 pm ( SNAP available soon)

Saturday August 13th
•Fresh52: Tivoli Village (302 S. Rampart Blvd.) from 9 am – 2 pm
•Veggie Buck Truck (Mobile Market): Vegenation (616 East Carson Ave) from 10 am – 2 pm
•Vegas Roots Community Garden (715 N. Tonopah Drive) from 9 am – 1 pm
For more information about this program or farmer’s markets in Southern Nevada visit Get Healthy Clark County


Serving Sizes vs Portion Sizes

Healthy eating includes making healthful food choices, which means knowing what and how much you eat. Do you know the difference between serving and portion sizes? While the terms serving and portion often are used interchangeably, they actually mean different things.

A “serving” is the amount of food recommended in consumer education materials such as MyPlate. A “portion” is the amount of a food you choose to eat at any one time — which may be more or less than a serving.

Here are some everyday comparisons to help you figure out your serving sizes.
•1 teaspoon of margarine is the size of one dice
•3 ounces of meat is the size of a deck of cards
•1 cup of pasta is the size of a baseball
•1½ ounces of cheese is the size of four stacked dice
•½ cup of fresh fruit is the size of a tennis ball

To overcome portion distortion and to downsize your helpings, try these tips.
•Eat from a plate, not a package, so you know how much you eat.
•Use smaller dishes, such as a lunch plate for your dinner, so less looks like more.

Once you get a good sense of serving sizes, you can compare them to the portions you eat and make any necessary modifications.