Last week First Lady, Michelle Obama celebrated the fourth anniversary of her Let’s Move! Campaign.
Let’s Move! is about putting children and their families on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years by encouraging them to eat healthfully and get active.
To demonstrate the national scope of all the great work happening around the country, the First Lady encouraged people of all ages to show her how they move through eating more fruits and vegetables, getting physically active, or making healthy changes like planting a community garden.
Now, we’re asking you!
To celebrate the Let’s Move! movement we’re encouraging you to share what ‘moves’ you to get moving! Here’s what we’re asking you to do:
- First, (and most important) Move! Show us how you move through the choices you make to live a healthy life. Whether it’s eating healthfully, getting active, relaxing or managing your stress or spending quality time with your family and friends, we want to know how you’re moving to help change the health of our nation…for the better!
- Document your movement. Take a picture or create a video and post it to our PacificSource Healthy Life Facebook page. We want to see pictures or videos of you moving, your school moving, your work moving, your family moving, etc.
- As a thank you for sharing how you move, we’ll enter you into a drawing for a free Nike Fuel Band. We’ll draw the winner next week. If you win, we’ll message you on Facebook.
- Finally, share with your friends, family, colleagues, etc., to get them moving!
If the President and Vice President can do it, so can we!
In case you missed it and to get you inspired, here is a fun “Must see and Must Share video” on how the President and Vice President get moving. (Spoiler alert – Sunny and Bo are in the video too!)
Posted by Healthy Life Gal on March 11, 2014
In January, we had a guest blogger, Kathy, document her 2014 resolution to do a new hike every month. Well, she’s two for two! If you missed her first post, check it out here: Hiking…A Healthy Goal I Can Keep. Here’s her story about February’s icy adventure:
As a working mom, it’s tough to carve out time to exercise between work, kids’ school and sports schedules, and just keeping up with household chores—but when Mother Nature throws a wrench in it, it’s nearly impossible to get out there.
Case and point: My wellness goal is to go on a hike once a month. The day before my planned February hike (the only free Saturday available that month), eight inches of snow fell on Willamette Valley floor. For some of you, this might not seem like a big deal—but if you’re from the area, you’ll understand that snow here is a very rare event. Schools were closed, highways shut down, even our offices closed early. Mother nature – wrench.
My first thought? Forget the hike. But, looking out the window at all of that beautiful white stuff gave me another thought: snow shoes! I pulled them off the very tippy top shelf in the garage, dusted them off, grabbed my 16-year-old daughter for company (who was surprisingly enthusiastic about the idea) and off we went on an urban snow hike adventure—and believe me, it was a workout! Take that Mother Nature!
Keep it up, Kathy! Can’t wait to see where you trek in March.
Posted by pacificsource on March 10, 2014
Registered Dietician, Laura
March is National Nutrition Month®, and this year it carries the theme “enjoy the taste of eating right”. Although it’s sort of obvious, researchers asked people why they chose one food over another. The response? Taste (surprise!). So in honor of National Nutrition Month®, during each week in March, our registered dietitian, Laura, is going to post some ideas for adding flavor to your life without adding a lot of fat, sugar and salt.Laura, take it away!
As a registered dietitian, I look at a lot of food journals. Many of the food journals I see are devoid of vegetables. Vegetables add flavor, variety, color and texture to meals. They’re also loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber, with a small calorie price tag.
So why don’t we eat more vegetables? Here’s my theory:
1) They require more work than ripping apart a package of Doritos.
2) We don’t know what the heck to do with them.
3) We eat and drink so much sugary or salty foods our taste buds are traumatized — they have lost some ability to enjoy the more subtle flavors of vegetables.
What can you do? Try different food combinations to increase flavor.
- Most of the veggies from the cruciferous family (kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage) have a bitter taste that some people dislike. But the health benefits are amazing! Try complementing these veggies with a sweet counterpart, such as jicama, or caramelized onions, carrots, or sweet potatoes.
- Adding a sweet and tangy combo like balsamic vinaigrette with a small amount of a sharp cheese, such as feta, adds layers of flavor over a large bowl of greens and mixed vegetables. You can drizzle with a balsamic glaze as well. (See our recipe below.)
Posted by pacificsource on March 5, 2014