Turning the Civil War Rivalry into Healthy Pledges

MillionIdeas_thank youThanks to all those who pledged to ‘Go Healthy’ this Civil War!  From Oct. 28 through Nov. 25, Ducks, Beavers, and Oregonians statewide united in a friendly competition to take an active role in healthy living. By pledging to take part in the PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge, thousands of participants took steps toward making themselves and their community healthier, while raising funds for four Oregon non-profits in the process.

But… with all ‘friendly’ rivalries, there had to be a winner!

Congratulations to University of Oregon Duck fans for out pledging Oregon State University Beaver fans in this year’s PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge.

Photo courtesy of Alan Sylvestre, Oregon News Lab

Photo courtesy of Alan Sylvestre, Oregon News Lab

“Whether they root for the Ducks, the Beavers, or another team altogether, the Healthy Life Civil War Challenge is a way to unite all Oregonians around the common goal of living healthier by incorporating small but meaningful changes into their daily routines,” said Alexa Shook, director of Healthy Life for PacificSource. “And, while the challenge itself only lasts for a month, the HealthyLifeChallenge.org site is a year-round resource for ideas on how we can all incorporate healthier living into our everyday lives.”For every online pledge received, PacificSource Healthy Life donated one dollar to one of four Oregon non-profits that provide prevention and wellness programs. This year’s beneficiaries of the Healthy Life Civil War Challenge are the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis, Morrison Child and Family Services in Portland, Eugene Family YMCA, and Healthy Beginnings, which serves Central Oregon.

For more information on PacificSource Healthy Life Challenges or to get involved, visit healthylifechallenge.org

Recipe: Healthier Mashed Potatoes

It starts this week; the holiday food bonanza is about to attack your waistline! But don’t worry, because we’re all over it. We have a registered dietician on our staff, and she’s determined to give you a series of recipes that will provide all the taste of the traditional holiday favorites, but without all the calories.

To get us started, here’s a “Healthier Mashed Potatoes” recipe and a message from Laura, our holiday healthy guru!

Healthier Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes don’t have to be loaded up with cream and butter to taste great. Take advantage of the natural creaminess of potatoes.Here’s one recipe to trim up the calories in mashed potatoes. You can also ramp up the flavor by adding fresh herbs, spices, and other flavor enhancers such as sweet roasted garlic.

-Laura, Registered Dietician, PacificSource

Stay tuned for more recipes from Laura. But in the meantime, give this recipe a whirl on Thanksgiving. If you like it (or hate it), let us know in our comments.


QUIZ: Myths vs. Facts; How Much Do You Know about the Affordable Care Act?

Question-MarkWith so much information swirling around the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), we wanted to test your knowledge. Take our quiz and see if you know can tell what’s true and what’s a myth.

  1. MYTH or FACT? The Affordable Care Act and Obamacare are the same thing.
  2. MYTH or FACT? The Affordable Care Act is no longer a law. It was overturned or repealed.
  3. MYTH or FACT? “I don’t need to worry about getting health insurance. I’ll have Obamacare next year.”
  4. MYTH or FACT? All preventive care services are covered for Americans, regardless of whether or not they have health insurance.
  5. MYTH or FACT? I can’t be turned down for coverage anymore, so I can sign up for health insurance after I get hurt (or sick) because of Obamacare.
  6. MYTH or FACT? All exchanges are run by the federal government.
  7. MYTH or FACT? If you don’t get health insurance in 2014, you’ll probably face a tax penalty.


  1. Fact. The Affordable Care Act and Obamacare are the same thing.
  2. Myth. The Affordable Care Act is in fact still law and implementation began in 2010.
  3. Myth. The Affordable Care Act requires everyone to obtain health insurance; it doesn’t automatically provide health insurance.
  4. Myth. Preventive care services are covered only after you obtain health insurance. If you’re already covered through an employer, that counts; you don’t need to seek additional coverage.
  5. Myth. You have to sign up for health insurance during the open enrollment period (now until March 31, 2014). If something happens outside of the enrollment period, you won’t be able to enroll immediately. If you miss the open enrollment period, odds are, you won’t be able to enroll again until October of next year.
  6. Myth. States can establish their own exchange (Cover Oregon and Your Health Idaho, for example). The federal government’s marketplace, Healthcare.gov, is in place for states that don’t create their own exchange marketplace models.
  7. Fact. If you didn’t enroll in coverage in 2014, you’ll probably see a tax penalty when you file your return. To learn more about how the Affordable Care Act will impose those penalties, check out this quick video.


To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, check out HealthCareLawGuide.com.