Living With Fire LogoLiving With Fire is an interagency effort initiated, coordinated and implemented by Cooperative Extension. It teaches Nevadans how to live more safely in high fire hazard environments. The program stresses that the key to reducing the wildfire threat to homes and communities is implementing pre-fire activities such as replacing wood roofs, screening vents and managing vegetation.

To promote widespread adoption of pre-fire activities in Nevada’s high fire-hazard communities, a partnership was formed between UNCE and Nevada’s local, state and federal firefighting and emergency organizations. Partners meet routinely to plan events and provide input into projects. Read more!

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

All 4 Kids LogoIn celebration of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Clark County Cooperative Extension’s All 4 Kids Program, Winchester Park and Cultural Center and Lakeshore Learning Materials are proud to announce the Healthy Kids Festival event on Saturday, September 29, 2012. The free festival, open to families, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Winchester located at 3130 McLeod Dr., Las Vegas, 89121.

The goal of the Festival is to raise awareness and target prevention of childhood obesity in the community.  We are inviting families to come out and learn how to be healthy and active. A day full of fun and entertainment is anticipated for everyone while gaining valuable resources and information available to community residents.  Children will dance to live music, play soccer, Zumba, learn how to grow their own foods and participate in many fun activities.

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Program is an initiative that begins with the child, the families and the school; then extends to the community, local and national government. Educating children at a young age will provide them with tools to make healthier choices and engage in active lifestyles during adolescence and later years.

Reaching parents and families of young children and educating those who do not know how to help their child or where to seek assistance is critical to the success of healthy living. Parents and families are invited learn how to support and model positive behaviors for their young child. Click here for more info!

Master Gardener LogoThe Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada will offer monthly tours of the Demonstration Gardens located at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89123 (I-215 and Windmill Lane).  Tours are free and open to the public.  Groups (5 or more people) are requested to call Ann Edmunds, Program Coordinator, at 257-5587 at least two weeks in advance.

“What Survived the Summer,” Saturday, September 22 at 10 a.m.

“Now’s the Time to Plant,” Saturday, October 13 at 10 a.m.

“Painting Your Garden with Color,” Saturday, November 10 at 10 a.m.

Volunteer Master Gardeners will discuss desert adapted plants which can be successfully grown in the home landscape. The Demonstration Gardens contain over 500 species of desert-appropriate landscape plants, including: trees, shrubs, perennials, palms, cacti and agaves. Plants are identified by botanical and common names. In addition to scheduled tours, the grounds are open for self-guided walk-a-bouts on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Details!

I’ve noticed that many margarines contain palm or palm kernel oil. Aren’t these fats harmful to the heart?

Yes.  However, partially hydrogenated oils and tropical oils give margarine its firmness and spreadability. While tropical oil such as palm oil increases the saturated fat content of the product, only a very small amount is needed to provide the right texture. The amount per serving varies among brands. It is important to read the Nutrition Facts label and consider the total saturated fat plus trans fat in a food item. Choose foods low in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol to help reduce the risk of heart disease.