Duck Fans Out-pledge Beaver Fans in Healthy Life Civil War Challenge

CivilWarChallenge-Nov29 (15)As with all friendly rivalries, there are winners, so congratulations Duck fans for winning the Healthy Life Civil War Challenge! The 1,500 plus Oregonians who took part in the fourth annual PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge have something to cheer no matter their allegiance: They are all winning at living healthier.

In the off-field battle to determine who is healthier, Ducks fans edged out the Beavers by 114 pledges. But a 35 percent increase in overall participation and a $10,000 donation to four Oregon charities resulted in a touchdown for healthier communities.

From Oct. 19 through Nov. 26, Ducks, Beavers, and Oregonians statewide united in friendly competition to encourage, achieve, and take an active role in healthy living. By pledging to take part in the PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge, participants took steps toward making themselves and their community healthier, while raising funds for four Oregon nonprofits in the process.

Healthy Life Civil War Challenge Nonprofit Donations

All participants in the 2014 Healthy Life Civil War Challenge helped to raise $10,000 for four Oregon nonprofits that provide prevention and wellness programs:

  • The Linus Pauling Institute – Healthy Youth Program ($2,086)
  • Girls on the Run in Portland ($2,510)
  • The Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth ($3,397)
  • Health Beginnings of Central Oregon ($2,007)

Thank you to those who pledged to get moving, eat healthy, go tobacco-free, or relax!

The Return of the Veggie Bracket!

Last year in the fever of March Madness, we created our very own “Veggie Bracket.” One of our regular bloggers, Kenny, tried every vegetable on the bracket and went through the pain staking process of picking broccoli as his winner. Check out the final chapter of his saga here: The Veggie Bracket: The Final Four.

Well guess what? It’s back!

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This year, we teamed up with our pals at Oregon State to bring “Veggie Madness” to the OSU campus. “Oregon State University’s Healthy Campus Initiative looks for entertaining and engaging ways to educate students and staff about living healthy, and Veggie Madness ties in great with two popular programs: National Nutrition Month and March Madness,” said Lisa Hoogesteger, director of Healthy Campus Initiatives for Oregon State University.

Here’s the best part, you can vote too! From March 3-5, you can weigh in by going here: Veggie Madness. Or, if you can make it to Corvallis, OR, you can vote on campus at the MU Quad on March 4-5. So you tell us what’s better, artichokes or asparagus, cucumbers or bell peppers, kale or broccoli. These are heavyweight battles, it’s going to get tense.

So get ready for some true March Madness. We hope to see you in Corvallis next week, and most importantly, good luck with your bracket.

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