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?

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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.

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.