Making Fitness Fun

IMG_0020Marry Poppins once said, “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun.  You find the fun and snap, the job’s a game!”  Whether you are tidying up the nursery or working out, there is a lot of truth in that statement!

This past weekend PacificSource presented the Saint Alphonsus Capitol Classic – A Children’s Race.  Close to 1,000 kids ages 6-14 raced a mile from the Boise Depot to the Idaho State Capitol.  It was great being able to watch the girls and boys find the fun in running.  Some found their fun in being competitive with their friends while others found their fun in just being out in the sunshine on a beautiful June day.IMG_0097

After kids crossed the finish line, PacificSource volunteers greeted the racers with medals, healthy snacks and the PacificSource Ninja Challenge obstacle.  Kids loved being able to run through agility ladders and poles, crawl through tunnels, and finish up with a bean bag toss.  Turning physical activities into a game is much like hiding the peas in the mashed potatoes.

Find the fun in healthy eating and physical activity this summer – for both you and your kids.  Set up a family obstacle course in your back yard; instead of going for an arduous run, play a game of tag with your kiddos; make healthy cooking a family affair.  Just remember that as soon as you find the fun, whatever you are doing, it is no longer work but a fun game.

Boise Bike Week

May is National Bike Month and guest blogger Amanda spent Boise Bike Week exploring the City of Trees on her bicycle asking people why they like to get out on two wheels.  Check out her video!

What motivates you to get out and bike?

Hey Boise, It’s Time to Take Back Your Lunch!

TBYL Graphic_BlogRemember how great it was to be a kid? You didn’t have the responsibilities of an adult, you could eat whatever you wanted, and you got a lunchtime recess! Well, we can’t take away the responsibilities and we don’t recommend reverting to your childhood diet, but we can help with the lunchtime recess!

PacificSource Health Plans, 94.9 The River, and Boise Parks and Rec have joined together to present Take Back Your Lunch! Every Wednesday (starting today) in April and May, we’re encouraging people to ditch their desk and take back your lunch hour at Capitol Park from noon until 1:00 pm.

Take Back Your Lunch ConceptWe’ve all worked through our lunch hour, and while you might feel like you’re the employee of the year, it’s actually really unhealthy to sit at your desk for long periods of time. And, studies have shown that a mid-day workout can boost productivity, energy, and creativity. So we’re asking anyone in the downtown area to join us for lunch, take a walk through Capitol Park with Misty from 94.9 The River, and enjoy some healthy snacks and water. We’re sure that the people who join us will go back to work with a little less stress and a lot more energy!

We’re challenging YOU to channel your inner child and Take Back Your Lunch. Your lunch hour is yours, so make sure to enjoy it!