Get moving as a family!

October 3rd is National #ChildHealthDay! One of the best ways to have healthy kids is to keep them moving. Kids often have a natural desire to move, fidget, run, play and jump. And that is good! Help your family move more each day and have fun with it. Think about what your family can do to be active together. Here are some ideas:

•Add physical activity to your daily routine. For example, walk or ride your bike to work or a friend’s house, walk the dog with your children, exercise while you watch TV, or park farther away from your destination.

•Set up a party or other social event with activities that get people moving, like dancing or having a jump rope contest.

•Play with your kids or ask them to join you for an exercise video or fitness game.

•Go to a local park in your neighborhood. Find a park here. Find a trail here.

•Develop a set of activities for you and your family that are always available regardless of weather, such as indoor cycling, indoor swimming, stair climbing, rope skipping, mall walking, dancing, and active games that you can play indoors.

•Ask your kids for ideas. Get everyone involved by having your children choose physical activities for the family to try together.

•Come to Get Outdoors Nevada Day. Come join the fun on October 15th, 2016 at Lorenzi Park 9am-2pm. The annual celebration promotes trail use and outdoor recreation. It also includes informational exhibits, booths, basic bike maintenance checks and activities for all ages.

Free help to manage your diabetes– Care4Life mobile app

It is not always easy to manage your diabetes and remember to do all that is required. We have a new free resource that can help! The Care4life program is an easy way to help you or someone you know manage their diabetes. Using the Care4life mobile app you have a coach in your pocket to remind you to take your medication, test your blood glucose or encourage you to eat healthy. It is like having your own personal diabetes educator!   

Check out this video to see how the app works and hear from folks who are using it.

For more information about the Care4Life program visit Get Healthy Clark County.org

Worldwide Day of Play-September 17th

This Saturday, September 17th, is Worldwide Day of Play. Kids need at least 60-minutes of play each day to stay healthy, and one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to meet this goal is by playing outside. Check out our Places to Play resource to find parks and places to play outside! 

Communities can also make it easier for people to be physically active. Here are some ways communities can promote physical activity for kids and their families:

Work With Schools to Increase Youth Physical Activity:

• Colleges, universities, hospitals, health departments, businesses, and community groups can work with schools to support physical activity programs. Such support can include giving money or equipment or encouraging staff to volunteer time to lead a physical activity programs or events.
• Community organizations can offer after-school physical activity programs at schools, or they can provide transportation to offsite programs.
• Community organizations can support and participate in Safe Routes to School programs, which encourage more children to safely walk and bike to school.

Help People Find Places Where They Can Be Physically Active:

• Find and promote safe ways to walk and bike to school.
• Let community members and organizations use school gymnasiums, playing fields, and playgrounds when school is not in session.
• Encourage community organizations to offer physical activity programs for youth. Community organizations can work with schools to offer after-school physical activity programs and events.

Local Fun Events for the Whole Family!

Looking for local events to help your family get active and eat healthy…and have fun! Check out these upcoming events happening near you:

Choose and Move Festival: Join us on Saturday September 10th at the Doolittle Community Center (9am-2 pm) for a day of fun activities, free and low-cost health screenings, and health information.

Healthy Kids Festival: Join us on September 24th at 10am at the Whitney Recreation Center and 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.

Get Outdoors Nevada Day: Come join the fun on October 15th, 2016 at Lorenzi Park 9am-2pm. 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: There are several farmers markets around the Valley providing 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.

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

Senior Fall Prevention

Many falls and fall-related injuries can be prevented. The risk of falling can be reduced by following these tips:

Exercise regularly
-People are stronger and feel better when they exercise.
-Exercises that improve balance and coordination (like Tai Chi) are the most helpful.
-Ask your doctor or health care provider about the best type of exercise program for you.
-Visit the Get Moving web page for tips and resources on beginning an exercise routine.

Half of all falls happen at home. To make your home safer: 

-Remove items from stairs and walkways to prevent tripping.
-Remove throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep rugs from slipping.
-Keep items used often within easy reach. Avoid using step stools.
-Install grab bars next to the toilet, tub and shower.
-Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and shower.
-Improve the lighting. Use lamp shades or frosted bulbs to reduce glare.
-Install handrails and lights on staircases.
-Wear shoes with good support and non-slip soles. Avoid wearing slippers and athletic shoes with deep treads. 

Ask a health care provider to review your medicines.
-Ask a doctor or pharmacist to review the medicines you take (include over-the-counter medicine).
-Some medicines or combinations of medicines, cause drowsiness or light-headedness, which can lead to a fall
-Get your vision checked by an eye doctor.
-Incorrect lens prescriptions and conditions, such as glaucoma or cataracts, can limit vision.
-Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.

Looking for a way to manage your diabetes?

Care4life is a FREE program that helps you manage your type 2 diabetes. Ever wonder what you should eat? How you can be active? Looking for digital diabetes coach?  Care4life can help!

With Care4life you get:

•Reminders to take medicine, schedule health appointments, and test blood glucose
•Blood glucose log
•Healthy recipes and nutrition tips
•Step counter to track your activity

Everything you need to help you manage your diabetes and prevent further complications!

To join using the free app:

1. Download the Care4life app on your smart phone or tablet 

2. Click YES when asked about your sign up code and enter SNHD 3
 

To join online:
1. Go to www.care4lifesnhd.com to sign up

2. Click YES when asked about your sign up code and enter SNHD 3

If you have any problems signing up for the program, just contact us at 702-759-1271 or email earney@snhdmail.org.

Care4life participant and Las Vegas Metro volunteer, Larry Wagman, says “Care4life is like having a health coach encouraging me to manage my diabetes. I get reminders to take my medicine, check my blood sugar, and learn what foods to eat.”

 

More information http://www.gethealthyclarkcounty.org/know-your-risks/care4life.php

Stay safe in the water- ABCD’s of drowning prevention

During these hot summer months, the pool can be the only refuge from the sun.
This summer, practice the ABCD‘s of drowning prevention to stay safe and have a great time playing in the water!

A=Adult Supervision
-Always be present
-Maintain Eye contact
-Stay within Arms length of a child

B=Barriers
-Barriers reduce the chances of accidentally falling in the water
-Install a pool fence with a lock
-Make sure bars are close together
-Have a clear view of your pool area at all times
-Remove toys and accessoriese that can attract kids to the pool

C=Classes
-Become trained in CPR
-Have kids take swimming lesson
-Have kids take CPR classes when old enough

D = Devices
-Have a lifesaving ring or shepard’s hook available
-Keep a phone nearby for access to 9-1-1
-Have personal floatation devices available for children and non-swimmers

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