Join our 30 day quit smoking Facebook event!

Looking to quit smoking, or know someone who is? Join us for 30 Smokefree Days, an online 30-day quit smoking Facebook event that provides a built-in community of people like you who want to build a healthier life! The event will be taking place entirely online. Simply RSVP on the Facebook event page and get free access to mobile quit apps, tips, “quitspiration” posts, and video streams from experts to help you overcome challenges and meet your goal of becoming smokefree. We’ll be sharing content on the Facebook page daily from July 10th - August 9th. Together we can quit for good! The event is from July 10 to August 9, and Facebook users can RSVP starting June 26 at http://bit.ly/CDC30SFD.

Click to start building your quit plan! And for more information on living tobacco-free visit our website or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for additional resources.

 

 

 

 

Pledge to be soda free this summer!

We are kicking off our annual Soda Free Summer Challenge. The challenge is designed to inspire you to make a lasting commitment to health by reducing or eliminating sweetened beverages over the summer months.

Pledge to go soda free or to reduce your soda consumption over the summer!

A little reminder of all the alternatives you can drink instead of soda: 

•Water: Try water with added citrus or sliced cucumbers. Always refreshing and is great for the skin. Try some of these great flavored water recipes as well to mix it up a bit!
•100% fruit juice: A sweet treat full of vitamins and it counts as a serving of fruit. Don’t overdo it though, limit yourself to 6oz.
•Vegetable juice or V8: Packed with flavor; high in vitamins C, A, and potassium and around 50 calories per cup. If possible choose the low sodium versions.
•Non-fat or low-fat milk: High in calcium and protein—and you need both. You could also try soy milk, rice milk or almond milk.
•Light yogurt and fruit smoothie: Creamy and sweet, high in calcium and only about 170 calories per cup.
•Tea, unsweetened: Get a boost on less than five calories per cup, plus it’s high in antioxidants.

Join us this summer and pledge to drink more water & less soda!

Patrol. Protect. PREPARE. Become a Water Watcher!

June means summer is in full swing here in the valley.  Schools out, temperatures continue to rise and most importantly, pools are open!  We hope you make the most of this summer and you can do that by being a water watcher.  This includes following the three P’s, “Patrol, Protect, and Prepare”.  Patrolling the water while children are at play is essential, but another layer of safety is to protect. 

-Install a four-sided pool fence that completely separates the pool area from the house and yard
-Use door and pool alarms to alert you if a child manages to get outside and to the pool or spa unsupervised
-Remove floats, balls and other toys from the pool and surrounding area immediately after use so children are not tempted to enter the pool area unsupervised

Each state varies in their pool code so make sure to review what is required for Southern Nevada at the webpage Pool Code SNHD. A swimming pool can be a great source of relief from the heat, but make sure to always patrol, protect and prepare so everyone can enjoy many summers to come.

Eating right when money is tight

Making healthy food choices on a budget can sometimes feel like a challenge. By following a few guidelines you can eat better and stretch your dollars. The best way to accomplish this goal is to develop a healthy eating plan and that begins with shopping smarter. Here are some tips from SNAP-Ed on how to stretch your food dollars by planning ahead and making smart food choices.

BEFORE Shopping

-Plan your weekly meals and snacks. Before you even go to the store scribble down what’s already in the fridge, freezer and cupboards. Get an idea of what you already have and what you can use to form your planned meals. Need recipe ideas? Check out our SNAP app!

-Know how much money you have to spend on food. Make a shopping list based on the money you have to spend and what foods you will need.

DURING Shopping

-Have something to eat before you go shopping. It’s easier to stick to your shopping list when you are not hungry.
-Stick to the perimeter. Most foods for a health- and cost-conscious eating plan are found by shopping the supermarket’s boundary. Then, with your shopping list in tow, visit just the aisles you need to balance fresh selections. This will keep you from adding unnecessary items to your cart.

-Pick the produce. Choose a variety of in-season whole fresh fruits and vegetables. They’ll be most abundant, most nutritious and least expensive. Alternatively, pick by sports seasons — enjoy citrus fruits and sweet potatoes during football season; buy berries and tomatoes during baseball season.

-Try store brands. They are the same quality and cost less.

-Compare products for the best deal. Use unit pricing and also the Nutrition Facts labels to get the best product for your money. For more info on food labels.

-Check “sell by” or “use by” dates. Buy the freshest food possible. Buy only the amount of food you can use before it spoils. Remember, frozen, canned, or shelf-stable foods last longer!

AFTER Shopping

-Store food right away in the refrigerator or freezer to keep it fresh and safe.
-If you buy a large amount of fresh food, like meat, poultry, or fish, divide it into meal-size packages, label the food, and freeze it for later use.
-Use foods with the earliest expiration dates first.
-Stick to your planned meals and use the food that you bought.

It can take time adjusting to a new plan, so be patient with yourself as you figure out what works best for you and your family!