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.

 

Ten Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

•Plan time for exercise. Exercise helps relieve holiday stress and prevent weight gain. A moderate and daily increase in exercise can help partially offset increased holiday eating. Try to get in a 10- or 15-minute brisk walk. 
•Don’t skip meals. Before leaving for a party, eat a light snack like raw vegetables or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite. You will be less tempted to over-indulge.
•Survey party buffets before filling your plate. Choose your favorite foods and skip your least favorite. Include vegetables and fruits FIRST to keep your plate balanced.
•Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Savor your favorite holiday treats while eating small portions. Sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy.
•Be careful with beverages. Alcohol can lessen inhibitions and induce overeating; non-alcoholic beverages can be full of calories and sugar.
•If you overeat at one meal go light on the next. It takes 500 calories per day (or 3,500 calories per week) above your normal/maintenance consumption to gain one pound. It is not about one meal but your overall eating habits.
•Take the focus off of food. Turn candy and cookie making time into non-edible projects like making wreaths, dough art decorations or a gingerbread house. Plan group activities with family and friends that aren’t all about food. Try serving a holiday meal to the community, playing games or going on a walking tour of decorated homes.

Take our survey and improve walking and biking!

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), with support from the Southern Nevada Health District, is updating the Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The plan will help the RTC identify and prioritize bicycle, pedestrian and shared use path facilities for the regional transportation system.

This is your opportunity to let the RTC know where you want to see improved walking and biking connections in Southern Nevada. Take a quick 3 minute survey at www.rtcsnv.com/bikepedplan and provide your feedback about walking and biking. You can also show where you think we need new or improved routes using the interactive map on the project website. For more information about the project, or to contact project staff directly, visit the website at www.rtcsnv.com/bikepedplan.

Get Outdoors Nevada Day !

Bring your family or friends and come join us for Get Outdoors Nevada Day Saturday Oct 24th from 9am - 2pm at Sunset Park! Our Get Healthy Staff will be participating in this annual event that promotes trails and physical activity in our great valley. Celebrate all that you love about Nevada’s outdoor spaces at a free, fun and family-friendly event highlighting the best of being outdoors. From basic park and picnic fun, to activities and rock climbing, to outfitters and organizations featuring the latest in recreation opportunities, Get Outdoors Nevada Day is a great day out for the entire family. Let’s celebrate together as we Enjoy, Value and Protect Southern Nevada’s incredible outdoor playground.

Get Outdoors Nevada Day
October 24th~ 9am- 2pm
SUNSET PARK
2601 E Sunset Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89120
Admission is FREE

 

Walking is an easy way to get moving!

Physical activity is one of the most important things Americans can do to improve their health. And Walking is an easy way to get moving!  We are pleased to announce the release of Step It Up!  The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. 

•Only half of American adults get enough physical activity to reduce the risk of chronic disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.

•Not sure how to be more active? Just walk! Walking’s an easy way to start & maintain a physically active lifestyle.

•The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities aims to increase walking across the United States by calling for access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll for people of all ages and abilities.

•Add a little music to your walks! Listen to the Surgeon General’s Walking Playlist on Pandora.

Everyone can help make our community more walkable. To learn more ways to increase walking and the development of walkable communities everywhere visit www.surgeongeneral.gov.

Fun Family Fall events!

We are celebrating Childhood Obesity Prevention month by promoting some great events or activities to help your family get active and eat better.  Check out what is going on!

Healthy Kids Festival: Join us on September 26th at paradise park. Learn how to be healthy and active. A day full of fun and entertainment for the whole family with sport sign-up, live music and healthy food tastings. Children will dance, play soccer, see Zumba and Karate demonstrations and learn how to grow their own foods. Free registration and more info.

Get Outdoors Nevada Day:  The annual celebration promotes trail use and outdoor recreation.  It also includes informational exhibits, booths, basic bike maintenance checks and activities for all ages.

Farmers Markets: Living in the desert you may think there aren’t many places to get fresh grown produce. However, there are several farmers markets around the Valley providing residents with many opportunities to purchase locally/regionally grown produce. Check one out today!

Community Gardens: Community gardens are a great way to expand our access to fresh fruit and vegetables. Even if you don’t consider yourself a master gardener, you can harvest your own produce at school, in your backyard or around the community.

Community Calendar: We have compiled a great list of health events that are taking place in the valley.  Check them out!
 

 

 

 

 

4th graders free access to national parks

Sarting today, fourth graders nationwide can visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid for the 2015-2016 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites.

“Every Kid in a Park is a chance for fourth graders from every background to be outside and get to know the lands and waters that belong to them, whether it’s a national forest, a wildlife refuge, a marine sanctuary or a historic site in the center of a city,” said Christy Goldfuss, Managing Director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). “By expanding their horizons and learning all the ways the outdoors can enrich their lives, this innovative program hopes to create greater awareness of the many benefits of our nation’s public lands and waters.”

Leading up to the 100th birthday of the National Park Service in 2016, President Obama announced the Every Kid in a Park initiative earlier this year as a call to action to get all children to experience America’s unparalleled outdoors, rich history and culture. Today, more than 80 percent of American families live in urban areas, and many lack easy access to safe outdoor spaces. At the same time, youth spend more hours than ever in front of screens instead of outside. By introducing fourth graders to public lands in their backyards and beyond at an early age, Every Kid in a Park is part of a multi-pronged approach to inspire the next generation to discover all that our nation’s public lands and waters have to offer, including opportunities to be active, spend time with friends and family, and serve as living classrooms to build critical skills.

Fourth graders can log onto the website at www.everykidinapark.gov and complete a fun educational activity in order to obtain and print their paper pass. Students may also trade in their paper pass for a more durable pass at participating federal sites nationwide. Educators and community leaders can access educational activities, field trip options, and the ability to print passes for their classrooms. Parents visiting the new website can find additional links for more information on planning trips to nearby public lands. 

The Every Kid in a Park program is designed to continue each year with the then-current group of fourth graders. After twelve years, every school-age child in America will have had an opportunity to visit their public land and waters for free, inspiring the next generation to be stewards of our nation’s shared natural and cultural heritage.

Reduce your risk of diabetes with our new online resource

The Southern Nevada Health District recently launched its newest online program, the Road to Diabetes Prevention, a free six-session program to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The program is self-paced and includes optional activities and available resources in the community. While it is open to anyone, the Road to Diabetes Prevention program is recommended for people who could have pre-diabetes. For information or to sign up for the program, visit the Get Healthy Clark County website, www.GetHealthyClarkCounty.org/training/diabetes.

The program is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Road to Health toolkit that includes healthy eating and physical activity educational information to help individuals reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Participants can learn about their own risk factors and how to make simple lifestyle changes to reduce their risks.

The American Diabetes Association estimates that 86 million Americans - more than 1 out of 3 adults age 20 and older - are considered to have pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are elevated but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. That number is up from 79 million in 2010. People with pre-diabetes are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. For some people with pre-diabetes, early treatment can return blood glucose levels to the normal range. There are no clear symptoms of pre-diabetes so many people are unaware of their status.

Check out our free program and learn what resources are available to help you reduce the risk of developing diabetes!

Guidelines for being active

The Health and Human Services has provided Americans with the Physical Activity Guidelines as science-based information and guidance to help Americans ages 6 and older maintain or improve their health through regular physical activity. Physical Activity Guidelines are meant to be straightforward and clear, while remaining consistent with complex scientific information. Some findings from the guidelines include:

•Regular physical activity reduces the risk of many adverse health outcomes.
•Some physical activity is better than none.
•For most health outcomes, additional benefits occur as the amount of physical activity increases through higher intensity, greater frequency, and/or longer duration.
•Most health benefits occur with at least 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking. Additional benefits occur with more physical activity.
•Episodes of activity that are at least 10 minutes long count toward meeting the Guidelines.
•Both aerobic (endurance) and muscle-strengthening (resistance) physical activity  recommended and are beneficial.
•Health benefits of physical activity occur for children and adolescents, young and middle-aged adults, older adults, and those in every studied racial and ethnic group.
•Health benefits of physical activity are attainable for people with disabilities.
•The benefits of physical activity outweigh the risks of injury and heart attack.

Substantial health benefits are gained by doing physical activity according to the Guidelines presented below for different groups.

Key Guidelines for Kids and Teens:

•Kids and Teens should get 60-minutes of physical activity each day. Like hiking, biking to school, rollerblading etc. They should also include muscle and bone strengthening activities like swinging on the playground, jump rope, sports, push-ups and sit-ups.
•It is important to encourage young people to participate in physical activities that are appropriate for their age, that are enjoyable, and that offer variety.

Key Guidelines for Adults:

•All adults should avoid inactivity. Some physical activity is better than none, and adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits.
•Adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity activity like walking fast riding a bike or aerobics. These episodes of activity should be at least ten minutes long.
•Adults should also do muscle-strengthening activities 2 or more days a week, as these activities provide additional health benefits. Some examples include yoga, lifting weights, push-ups and sit-ups.