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.

Sharing Healthy Ideas at Women 4 Wellness

“Bowl of oatmeal and lots of water every day”

“Balanced eating, no extremes and exercise”

“Daily kisses”

“Play with grandkids”

“Walk for a half an hour or more a day”

“Dancing in my office”

“Eat veggies”

W4W-web-logosmaller-e1389223735811The women of the Flathead Indian Reservation and Lake County had plenty of ideas on how to live a healthier life and shared them with us at the 6th annual Women 4 Wellness in Pablo, MT. PacificSource joined with more than 90 vendors for the annual health fair for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. This fair improves the health of the area women through preventative education, health promotion, and 13 different free screenings and tests.  We were excited to participate this year and brought a “Share Your Healthy Ideas” banner. We asked people to share their ideas for living a healthy life and were inspired by the abundance of great ideas. Check out the snapshots from the event:

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Rising to the Commuter Challenge

Brown Betty parked outside the PacificSource office in Helena, MT

Brown Betty parked outside the PacificSource office in Helena, MT

If you happened to be standing at the corner of 14th Street and Main Street in Helena this morning, you might have heard a faint “wwweeeeeee!” as a brown blur buzzed by. That was me, happily zipping down the hill on my bike headed to work. My excitement was because I love going downhill and today was the first day of the Bike Walk Helena Commuter Challenge!

This is my third year participating in Helena’s bike or walk to work challenge that encourages Helenians to park their cars and get on a bike or tie on some sneakers for their daily commute. My goal this year is to commute 19 work days in May. (Two work days I’ll be traveling out of town and I won’t be headed to work on Memorial Day.)

To stay motivated, I’m reminding myself of a few of the benefits of biking or walking to work:

  • I get 30 minutes of extra exercise in my day.
  • I start my day happier and ready to be productive because I’ve gotten my heart rate up and my thinking juices flowing.
  • I get the time to admire the signs of spring like the lilacs and flowing crab trees on my route.
  • I get access to commuter challenge perks like free coffee on Mondays and free tacos on Tuesdays.

May is National Bike Month which means there are commuter challenges happening all over the country. Here are just a few:

No challenge in your area? Join the National Bike Challenge that runs May 1 to September 30 and tell us how you do. Happy commuting!