Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

The National Park Service is celebrating 100 years of protecting and preserving the nation’s parks and monuments, and everyone is encouraged to get out and #FindYourPark. There is a variety of special events taking place during the centennial. Join a Centennial Volunteer Cleanup, become a Junior Ranger or participate in one of the many special Centennial events taking place throughout the park. As 2016 kicks off a second century of stewardship and community engagement, we hope you join in on the fun. Check out some of the events taking place out at Lake Mead National Park.
 

Staying Active in the Summer Heat

Living in the desert it is no surprise that the summer months are HOT, and for most people being physical active outside is torture and sometimes not safe!   Instead of using the heat as another excuse to not be active, get creative this summer! Here are a few tips to help you stay active throughout the blazin’ summer months.

Stretch with the Sun or Move with the Moon. Wake up early and get in a walk or bike ride before the sun has a chance to heat the day. If you’re not a morning person wait for the sun to set and then take advantage of the nighttime. It might still be warm but at least the sun won’t be beating down on you.

Stay inside. There are plenty of activities you can still do inside. Attend a gym, play racquetball, do a workout DVD inside your house, walk on a treadmill, clean your house. All things that can be done indoors and are a great way to get in some activity.

Wet workout. This one might seem like a no-brainer, but exercising in a pool or lake is an instant way to cool off. Take a trip out to Lake Mead and try a new activity like paddle-boarding, try a water aerobics class, or round up some friends for a competitive game of water volleyball. Whatever you decide to do, you’ll get a great workout! Also, you can plan a day at the water park or the splash pad. Check out our Places to Play to find parks with splash pads in your area. Have fun in the water and it won’t even seem like exercise.

Hit the mall. Too hot to take a lunchtime walk outside? Take your workout to a nearby mall with air conditioning. Lace up your sneakers and get your heart pumping without overheating!

Visit the Mountains. The Spring Mountains Area also known at Mt. Charleston is a great place to get away from the heat and enjoy nature at the same time. Find a hike for you and your family to do while you are there.

Don’t let the summer heat slow you down!  Summer time is all about fun so no matter what you choose to do to keep moving just have fun doing it! 
 

Never too late to be an olympian in Nevada

The countdown is on! There are less than 63 days to go before the opening of the world’s biggest sporting event the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! Have ever dreamed of becoming an Olympian but you feel like you are past your prime? Don’t worry it’s never too late! Now in its 36th year of existence, Nevada Senior Games is dedicated to the promotion of a healthy life style for adults 50+ through exercise and athletic competition.

The Nevada Senior Games encourages older adults to stay active and fit, revive past recreational skills or learn new ones. Friendships are made that will last a lifetime. The Games challenge each athlete to be his or her “Personal Best.” Men and Women 50 years old or more are eligible to participate in the Nevada Senior Games. We are an ‘open’ competition and accept out-of-state participants as well. The Nevada Senior Games is the only National Senior Games Qualifying site in the state of Nevada and we are the largest multi-sport senior competition in our state.

For more information visit http://www.nevadaseniorgames.com

5 ways to be active on vacation

Vacations are often a time of indulgence, and many vacationers relish having the time to kick back and relax. However, throwing away all of your hard work at the gym while vacationing can lead to a depressing reality when you get home. Staying active while traveling can seem tough, but there are plenty of ways to stay active no matter how long your trip lasts. Whether you’re traveling across the country or around the globe, the effort you put in to keep yourself feeling your best will pay off when your vacation comes to an end.

Make a plan & schedule time to be active. Depending what you are doing on your trip, schedule time each day to be active. If you are not planning to do something active during the day, make a plan to fit it in before your day starts. Book your stay at a hotel with a gym or a pool if you like access to those facilities. You can always go out for a walk along the beach or near your hotel. Use this as a chance to explore the area and find places where you might want to come back to later in your trip.

Get active as a family. Find things that are fun to do but active for everyone. Bring a football to toss around the beach or set up a volleyball net, go snorkeling, or kayaking. Get the family involved and have fun!

Do some research. Before you even arrive at your destination, do some research to see what opportunities there are to be active. Are there any local trails? Or hikes? Can you walk to most destinations? Can you rent bikes and ride around? What unique opportunities does your vacation offer that will be active and most of all memorable?  Try something new and be willing to go out of your comfort zone.

Ditch the car. Walking is an ideal physical activity because of its low cost, low impact, and portability. Nothing beats the sights, smells, and sounds of the beach. If you are in a big city, skip the cab rides and subways, and walk everywhere. You might just come across a great little restaurant or shop to stop in. If you’re at Disneyland, well, there is really no choice but to walk. Wherever you are, make sure you wear comfortable clothes and sneakers so you don’t end up with blisters or foot pain of any kind.

Take the stairs. Skip the elevator and sneak in some extra cardio.

Whenever you can make the healthy, active choice, do so and you won’t regret it.

Enjoy your vacation!

Healthy employees are productive employees!

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! Check out this video to see how health programs in one town in Maine are making the community healthier. How can your workplace promote more walking?

 http://bit.ly/1TaWZLG 

 

 

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

Bike Share Coming to Downtown Las Vegas

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is preparing to launch the valley’s first ever public bike share system in late summer 2016, with the first phase in downtown Las Vegas and wants the community’s input. Valley residents have the opportunity to share their preferences for bike share stations by participating in a quick interactive survey.

Providing an affordable and convenient transportation choice for locals and visitors alike, the bike share system meets the need for short trips that may be too far to walk but too short to drive. Users may check out a bicycle at one bike share station and return it to another near their destination. The RTC’s bike share system will include approximately 18 stations and 180 bicycles for self-service rentals, 24 hours a day.

Users will be able to access the system by either walking up to a docking station or registering online. Docking stations will have bikes to check out, open docks to park bikes, and kiosks that enable users to register, pay with a credit card, and sign a user agreement. A mobile application will also be available to help users locate docks in real time throughout the downtown Las Vegas area.  Pricing for various membership levels will become available closer to the launch of the system.

Help us select the best locations to set up bike share locations in the Downtown Las Vegas area by filling out the quick interactive survey below
http://wikimapping.net/wikimap/RTCBikeShare.html
For more information on the RTC bike share program http://www.rtcsnv.com/cycling/bike-share/

 

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.