Happy Halloween 2016!

Halloween is fun and full of traditions and although all the candy collected is not the healthiest part; the actual act of trick-or-treating can in fact be a healthy activity. Your family walks around the neighborhood stopping at all the neighbor’s houses. It is so much fun that you don’t even think of it as exercise! One idea you can do to make the night healthier is to extend your route. If you were thinking of only visiting your own block of neighbors, expand your route and visit another neighborhood too. The week leading up to Halloween you can do some “practice runs” for the big night. This is just a way to get out and take a walk as a family after dinner and check out all the fun and festive decorations around the neighborhood.

When it comes to your kids stash of candy or the leftover trick or treating candy you wanted to give out, set up some guidelines to help your family not indulge too much in all the treats. Realistically your kids won’t be able to finish all that candy anyway, so here are some tips below for what you can do with the leftovers.

Have your kids pick out a specific number of candies they want to eat. Ration the amount they can eat each day and stretch out the consumption over time.

Donate the candy to other organizations. Dentists are usually looking to collect candy from kids. You can also donate candy to the troops in the form of care packages. Do a search to find what opportunities are available in your community.

Offer a buy back option for your kids. Ask your kids if they want to trade their candy for something else they would like even more like a toy, an outing with a parent or extra time to stay up past bedtime.  Find something that motivates your kids and trade them for the candy. This way they won’t feel like you are taking their candy but that they get to make a healthier choice.

Whatever you end up doing this Halloween be sure to have fun and be safe out there! Happy Healthy Halloween from your Get Healthy Staff!

Talk before you take!

Are you one of the millions of Americans who takes prescription drugs? Do you fully understand all the benefits and risks of the medications you are taking? It is important to discuss the benefits and risks of your prescription medicine before your prescription is filled to reduce the risk of injury. 

Talk before you take!

Here are 4 tips to help guide a conversation with your healthcare provider:

1. Talk to your healthcare provider and ask questions about the benefits and potential risks of prescription medicines you take.
2. Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you are currently taking—including over-the counter medicines, vitamins, and dietary supplements.
3. Tell your healthcare provider about any allergies or sensitivities that you may have.
4. Read and follow the medicine label and directions

Talking to your healthcare provider before you take your prescriptions can help you:
-Understand medication side effects—for example, which ones, if any, will go away with time and those that may be experienced for the duration of being on the medicine.
-Avoid adverse drug interactions.
-Improve adherence to medicine regimen(s).
-Live healthier, more productive lives.

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Get Outdoors Nevada Day Saturday October 15th!

The Get Healthy staff will be out at Get Outdoors Nevada Day this Saturday. Come join us for the fun from 9am-2pm at Lorenzi Park. The annual celebration promotes trail use and outdoor recreation. It also includes informational exhibits, booths, basic bike maintenance checks and activities for all ages. Come say hi to us at our booth!

Active Seniors can try new ways to stay fit

It is easy to think that the older we get, the less we are able to do in terms of physical activity. Just because we can’t strap on the football pads, spike a few volleyballs or race around the track like we did in high school,  doesn’t mean we should give up on being active each day. No matter our age or situation, being active is important to stay healthy. Regular physical activity can reduce the likelihood of developing dementia and physical activity can also help improve cognition in adults with some mild cognitive decline.

Just like for everyone, as older adults, it is important to find an activity that you like and are able to do. It doesn’t have to be complicated; it can be as simple as walking around your block. And don’t be afraid to try something new. Often times, taking an exercise class can benefit you physically as well as socially.  Many of the recreation or senior centers here in the Vegas valley offer a variety of classes for older adults. This can be a great chance to meet other people and get in some activity.

Here are some ideas for classes to try:

Sit N Fit: This is a class with a little bit of everything; cardiovascular, endurance, strength, balance and abdominal conditioning. Participants perform a variety of low impact exercises both standing and seated.

Qigong: This type of class will help increase your flexibility and lower your stress levels by holding different yoga poses in a relaxing environment.

Yoga for seniors: This is often a lower intensity form of yoga focused on breathing, posture, and gentle movements. Yoga can improve balance and flexibility, which are both important for a group at higher risk for falls.

Aquatic Exercise: Water’s buoyance means workouts done in the pool generate less impact on bones and joints. This makes aquatic aerobics or swimming a good option for people looking to improve aerobic fitness under lower impact conditions.

Dance-based fitness: During dance fitness classes, participants often need to remember different steps, and in some cases interact with a partner. This offers participants a fun way to be physically active, build aerobic fitness, be social, and challenge the mind and memory.

Tai Chi: Tai Chi is a relaxing, low impact form of exercise that has been shown to help improve sleep quality, muscle strength, balance, and flexibility.

To find local classes check out the following links:

Clark County Recreation and Senior Centers

Get Healthy Calendar of Classes

City of Las Vegas Classes

City of Henderson Classes

City of North Las Vegas Classes