A Hike That Rocked More Than Just My Muscles

Our guest blogger, Kathy, has been continuing her 2014 resolution to try a new hike every month. Here’s her installment for the month of July:

After accomplishing the hill climb that was Mt. Pisgah for my last hike, I decided to choose one that would challenge me even more. Since we had plans to be in the Sisters area (Central Oregon), I chose Smith Rock. If you’ve ever passed it from Highway 97 near Terrebonne, you’ll know that it rises ominously up out of the landscape, with several jagged points across its top. Let me just say that it’s MUCH bigger from the parking lot near the many different trail heads than it is in passing from Highway 97. Perhaps I was a bit overconfident.

I started off anyway, with Brian, my ever-positive and encouraging partner—though I think this time, he was hiding his own apprehension about the climb. We choose (gulp) the Misery Ridge Trail. Looking at the trail from afar, there appeared to be one steep section, then a turn around a corner to a more modest incline. Of course, when we rounded the actual corner, we learned that that the more modest incline was a complete visual deception. It was actually very steep, leading up to an even steeper section, even with switchbacks to soften the blow.

At this point, we thought of turning back. Even some of the younger folks with their brightly colored sweat-wicking shirts were huffing and puffing. But here’s the thing: I had challenged myself to COMPLETING 12 hikes—I didn’t want to quit on this one. And thanks to my goal—I didn’t give up!

Slowly and steadily, we made it to the top for a breathtaking view of the high desert around us—then down the back side, with views of the Three Sisters and Mt. Bachelor. The view was worth every ounce of sweat that dripped off my brow. The hike rocked not only my muscles, but my resolve, and the reward was not only the view, but the powerful feeling of accomplishment. Can’t wait for the next challenge!

Smith Rock

Bike to the Ballpark

B2B imageSummertime brings a whole host of fun family outdoor activities- baseball games, picnics, biking, barbeques, and so much more. This summer, we’re bringing together two of our favorite warm weather pastimes- biking and baseball!

Join PacificSource Health Plans in Biking to the Ballpark this summer. We’ve organized rides to ballparks in Medford, Idaho Falls, Helena, and Billings and secured a special discount for riders in Missoula. So pump up your tires and join us this summer!

Billings, Montana
June 25
Start your ride at Pioneer Park (Third Street West and Parkhill), enter to win prizes, and bike your way to Dehler Field to watch the Mustangs. Game starts at 7:05pm, meet at the park at 6pm.

Helena, Montana
June 26, July 20 and August 17
Start your ride at PacificSource Health Plans (828 Great Northern Blvd.), enter to win a new bicycle, and bike your way to watch the brewers! Once at the game, free valet bike parking will be provided courtesy of Bike Walk Montana. June 26, game starts at 7:05pm, meet at PacificSource at 6pm. July 20 and August 17, games start at 1:05pm, meet at PacificSource at noon.

Idaho Falls, Idaho
June 28, July 19 and August 9
Start your ride at PacificSource Health Plans (901 Pier View Drive in the Snake River Landing), enter to win a new bicycle, and bike your way to Melaleuca Field to watch the Chukers. Games start at 7:15pm, meet at PacificSource at 6pm.

Medford, Oregon
June 1, July 13 and August 9
Start your ride at PacificSource Health Plans (1301 Poplar Dr.), enter to win some prizes, and bike your way to Harry and David Field to watch the Rogues. July 13 and August 9, the games start at 6:35pm, meet at PacificSource at 5:30pm.

Missoula, Montana
June 24, July 1, July 22, July 29, August 12, and August 26
Tuesday night is Bike to the Ballpark! Fans who arrive at the Osprey game on their bicycle will receive a coupon for 2-for-1 admission to the night’s game. All games start at 7:05pm.

Guest Blogger: Health at Every Size

Dr Bacon

Today we welcome a guest post from Rosco of Oregon State University. Rosco attended a lecture by Dr. Linda Bacon about obesity myths and how we create alternative options that encourage better health and well-being for people of all sizes. Here are Rosco’s reflections on the lecture:

Rosco and Dr. Bacon

Rosco and Dr. Bacon

My name is Rosco and I work at Healthy Campus Initiatives at Oregon State University (OSU). We strive to engage our campus community in conversations over the importance of healthy eating, being active, stress management and tobacco cessation. Commonly, there are events, activities and lectures around campus that highlight one or more of these general wellness areas, and on May 22nd, Dr. Linda Bacon a professor, researcher, and the author of the book Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About your Weight gave a lecture at OSU entitled “The Next Public Health Challenge: Losing the Anti-Obesity Paradigm.” This presentation focused on issues around the false relation of body size and disease.

Dr. Bacon spoke of the current obesity trends and how obesity is currently at a plateau. Dr. Bacon presented the ongoing initiative of Health at Every Size (HAES) that focuses on being accepting of size, finding pleasurable physical activities, and adapting nourishing eating habits through eating mindfully. Diets only show to have positive impacts on health in the short term, but also increase inflammation and encourage weight cycling. People implementing HAES showed to have greater success because of the healthy behaviors suggested and they were also more likely to stick with it in the long term. The issue is that society today relates weight to health; encouraging people to strive for an impossible ideal of a magical body fat percentage that may actually be unrealistic or unobtainable. These paradigms create a stigma on being overweight or obese and can be more damaging for the developing youth by encouraging the consideration of harmful behaviors (e.g., “yo-yo” dieting). People implementing HAES have reported greater success because of the healthy behaviors suggested and they were also more likely to stick with it in the long term.

My background consists mainly of the physiology of fitness and nutrition so I was excited to learn about the psychological and social aspects of body composition. The ideas and findings presented during this lecture were very informative. The HAES program has shown to be beneficial for many and I highly encourage everyone to review the program for the improvement of overall health.

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