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.

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.