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
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

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 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,

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.

5 reasons to ride a bike

Biking can be a fun and healthy opportunity for fitness and transportation. This is true whether it’s biking to work or a leisurely family bike ride. But the benefits stretch beyond health – biking can help reduce traffic congestion, enhance your quality of life, save you money and it’s FUN!

Feel like a kid again.

Learning to ride a bike is a defining moment for a kid. Not only do you feel a sense of accomplishment but you also feel a great sense of freedom. That first taste of freedom comes from being able to jump on your bike and go to a friend’s house or ride to school.  We feel a similar sense of freedom when we learn to drive but the novelty of driving wears off over time but the sense of fun seems to remain when you get on a bike. Enjoy that freedom again and ride a bike!

Ride into the sunset.

It’s becoming a popular activity for all ages. It’s one of those activities that you can enjoy doing day after day for the rest of your life. Certain exercises that you might enjoy doing now aren’t going to be as easy to do years down the line.  Starting to ride bikes can help you fall in love now with an activity that you can do for the rest of your life.

Great full body exercise.

When it comes to riding a bike our lower body muscles are the primary muscle group that gets worked but your upper body also gets a workout. Biking can be a great way to strengthen your core and get in a full body workout. It also can burn a lot of calories and is a great way to enjoy the outdoors.

Another way to get around.

More and more people are using bikes as their primary mode of transportation. If you haven’t been on a bike since you were young, start with a short ride around the neighborhood. Then try running to the store using your bike. Gradually build up your comfort level. Ride to work a few times during the week and see how that goes for a while, then increase the number of days you ride. The goal doesn’t need to be to stop driving to work completely but to give you another method of transportation. Check out commuting by bike for more info.

One of the best resources for biking in southern Nevada is our RTC. Check out their website to learn more about biking.

5 signs that you are watching too much TV

5. You tell yourself that you don’t have time to exercise but you conveniently make time to watch TV.
If you have time to watch an hour of TV, then you certainly have time for 30 minutes of exercise. In fact, combine the two and workout while you watch. Get on the treadmill or do some squats, crunches, or stretches while watching.

4. The place where you watch TV looks like your bedroom, kitchen and living room in one.
If you look around and see remnants like trash or dishes from every meal you have eaten this week then maybe it’s time to step away from the TV. Mindless eating while watching TV is one of the easiest ways to consume unwanted calories. Try eating dinner at the table with family or friends and have a real conversation.

3. If you find your food cravings mimic the commercials.
We might not like to admit it but food commercials can influence if you are hungry and what you want to eat. Try turning off the tube and cut down on the amount of outside influence on your diet.  If you are looking for ways to save time like ordering food, in order to spend more time watching TV…you might be watching too much. Plan your meals ahead of time and go to the store and buy the ingredients. Chances are if you have purchased the items for meals you will choose to cook and eat that food.

2. Your couch has a permanent body indent where you usually sit.
No, flipping over the cushions is not the answer to this problem. Getting off the couch is the solution!  Actually leave your house for a few hours and go for a hike. Flipping over the cushions might reveal all the crumbs from mindless snacking. So when you get up, while you are at it, why not do a little cleaning?

1. You’ve turned into a hermit.
Do you purposely go out of your way to avoid plans so that you can stay home and watch TV,  it is time to limit your TV watching if you. Don’t let life pass you by or risk missing an opportunity to make connections with friends and family because you don’t want to miss an episode.
This upcoming week is TV Turnoff Week (May 4- 10). Join with us to pledge to watch no or less TV. Look for more information on ways you can participate in TV Turn Off Week

National Walking Day 2015!

Today is not only April Fool’s Day but also National Walking Day! Walking is a low-risk and easy way to be active. All you need is comfortable walking shoes and you are ready to go! It really is that simple to change your life. What good can come from just a walk ? Research has shown that walking at least 30 minutes a day can help you:

•Reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
•Improve your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and blood lipid profile
•Maintain your body weight and lower the risk of obesity
•Enhance your mental well-being
•Reduce your risk of osteoporosis
•Reduce your risk of breast and colon cancer
•Reduce your risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes
Some things to help you get out and walk….
Here are some way to help you included walking into your daily routine:

•Join the Walk Around Nevada and increase your acitivity by keeping track of your steps or miles. Complete a lap around NV and earn a Hall of Fame T-shirt!

•Go for a walk outside! Find trails and parks in your neighborhood. Check out the Neon to Nature App.

•Keep comfortable shoes at work or in your car. Look for opportunities to take a quick walking break or walk somewhere for lunch.

•A little adds up. Just because you can’t walk for one hour straight shouldn’t keep you from walking at all. Short little bursts of walking 5 to 10 minutes are great and add up together to make up the 150 minutes of recommended physical activity we need each day.

•Instead of meeting up for coffee or lunch with a friend….try meeting up for a walk. Saves on the calories and helps you fit in a workout at the same time.

•Look for reasons to walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park farther away from the store. Look for the long way instead of the short cut.
Celebrate National Walking day by going on a nice stroll today.

Download the Neon to Nature app!

Need help finding a place to go outside this weekend? Check out our free new trails app called Neon to Nature. You can download it on apple or android phones. This app will help you find trails in your neighborhood or discover places you have never gone. Download the app and select the “near me” feature and find all the possible trails within a short radius of where you are located. Also use this app to search specifically for types of trails or activities you want to do on the trails like walking, hiking or biking. When it comes to trails we have such a variety and a large amount of trails here in Southern Nevada. Our trail system is made up of various types of trails from hiking in rural areas to taking a stroll through one of the many urban trails that meander through the city. Check out the Neon to Nature app and find a trail to explore today!