Healthy choices and celebrating New Year’s in Las Vegas

Healthy choices and celebrating New Year’s in Las Vegas

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SAN DIEGO, January 6, 2015 — Ushering in a new year while celebrating in Las Vegas can make for a most enjoyable experience!

Promoting itself as a world-wide entertainment capital, Las Vegas is known for its abundance of hotels, nightlife, entertainment, restaurants, shopping and casinos.

Las Vegas is considered one of the top three destinations in the United States for conventions, business and meetings, according to Wikipedia.

With over approximately 150,437 guest rooms available to eager travelers, the overall number of total visitors in 2013 was approximately 39,668,221 according to Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

For residents of San Diego, California, Las Vegas is a popular destination with easy access via a short hop on an airplane or a few hours’ drive by roadway.

Roadways are generally easy to navigate and in good condition, with many cafes and rest stops to choose from.

Traveling by roadway is especially fun for those who appreciate the sense of freedom afforded by a road trip. Driving through the vast terrain of the Mojave Desert also provides enchanting views of the distant mountainous landscapes.

Arriving in Las Vegas during the New Year’s holiday is nothing short of spectacular.

With street sides, hotels and other areas adorned for Christmas, the Las Vegas nighttime with its glowing lights provides a citywide celebratory feel.

Las Vegas draws an international crowd of excited visitors every New Year’s Eve. In 2013 there were over 320,000 people gathering to usher in 2014, according to Las

New Year’s Eve 2014 was no exception.

Traditionally, New Year’s Eve revelry begins late in the afternoon with Las Vegas closing the Las Vegas Strip to traffic at approximately 6:00 p.m., and can stretch into the next morning.

For those taking taxis to various restaurants, shows and functions, regular streets are closed in favor of time-consuming back roads.

Hotels stop permitting entrance by 11:00 p.m., not reopening until 12:30 a.m.

A special New Year’s Eve extravaganza is held at Fremont Street, which opens to those with tickets at approximately 6:00 pm and goes non-stop until 3:00 a.m.

World renowned musical groups fill the airways with continuous sound.

At midnight, over 80,000 brilliantly colored and sparkling fireworks blast continuously for almost 10 minutes from a variety of locations throughout the city.

For those who wish to enjoy the spectacular fireworks in a less crowded setting, a variety of hotel rooftops provide more private and ideal vantage points.

Though undeniably an energizing experience, and an unforgettable way to usher in the coming year, making healthy choices in a city as potentially debaucherous as Las Vegas could be challenging.

It could be very helpful to recognize the temptress Las Vegas truly is and consider any individual priorities and preferences prior to reaching its city limits. Some examples are:

  1. How much alcohol is acceptable or desirable?
  2. Is it medically necessary, or personally preferred, to follow a special diet?
  3. Will there be participation in gambling at casinos, and are there any preferred spending limits to choose to set?
  4. Are smoke-filled rooms bothersome or not any concern?
  5. Is there preference for a casino-free stay-some hotels offer this option?
  6. What attire is appropriate for participating in entertainment events, recreational activities, dining-out and changing weather conditions–Las Vegas can become quite cold during the months of December and early January?
  7. Is there an overall budget to set as a spending limit for the entirety of the New Year’s celebration?
Photo courtesy of Bill Masson/flickr
Photo courtesy of Bill Masson/flickr

Las Vegas offers seemingly unlimited entertainment, food, and beverages and can be quite seductive!

Giving thought to personal preferences and boundaries before stepping onto its celebratory threshold can be both helpful and productive.

The experience and memory of a healthy New Year’s Eve celebration sets a positive stage for the promise of the next act-a brand new year and a time of new beginnings.

It helps to create the potential for endless possibilities and fulfillment which is made possible by actively taking responsibility and making personal choices.

Happy New Year from all of us at LifeCycles!

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is a health care provider of over 30 years. As a featured “Communities Digital News” columnist, LifeCycles with Laurie Edwards-Tate emphasizes healthy aging and maintaining independence, while delighting and informing its readers. Laurie is a recognized expert in home and community-based, long-term care services, and is also an educator.

In addition to writing for “Communities Digital News,” Laurie is the President and CEO of her firm, At Your Home Familycare, which serves persons of all ages who are disabled and infirm with a variety of non-medical, in-home care and concierge services.

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