How to be Healthy, by Annabella (4th Grade)

During the PacificSource Healthy Life Schools Challenge, studentsHL-Schools-challenge-logo_blue-text entered an essay contest, answering the question, “How do you live a healthy life?” The responses were truly inspiring, though, Annabella’s essay rose above the rest. Here is her original, winning essay:

How to be Healthy

by Annabella Friedrich, 4th Grade

Riverbend Elementary

Do you know how to keep a healthy life? I do and I know its all about decisions. Decisions on exercise, moderation and even being organized.

One important thing to be healthy is exercise. Having fun is just like exercise. One way to have fun exercising is playing out side or walking to the park. Theres also computer program called go noodle it has exercise videos and more.

Another thing about how to keep a healthy life is moderation. Moderation means only a little bit of something like food. Only a little bit of ice cream, chocolate, sugar free gum, candy and sweets.

One more thing about being Healthy is being organized. One way to be organized is righting down everything you eat or every time you watch TV.

Take my advice if you want to live a long and strong life you should exercise, moderate your self, and be organized.

Congratulations, Annabella! For your great work, you will be treated to a week at the Jordan Kent Skills Camp for you and a friend. Way to go, and keep living your healthy life!

31 Healthy Recipes – Pot Roast, Carrot Salad, and Roasted Veggies

It is the beginning of week three in my quest to make 31 healthy recipes during National Nutrition Month. Besides for having to visit the grocery store more often than I would like, I am really enjoying this challenge! The majority of these recipes have been simple to make, and are very tasty!

On Sunday, I decided to combine a few recipes for a great, well balanced Sunday dinner! Here are my thoughts on each recipe:

Slow-Cooker Pot RoastSlow-Cooker Pot Roast

This may have been one of the easiest pot roasts I have ever made. There were no carrots to peal or potatoes to cut. Simply, I cut rings of onion, diced the garlic, and placed the all the ingredients in the crock-pot . What did I do next? Walk away for a good 6 hours! When I returned, the meat was falling apart and was ready to eat!

Along with being very easy to make, this recipe is a healthy protein. Typically slow cooking meats require lean cuts that are tough when cooked quickly. With the slow cooking process, the meat becomes tender, the flavor is brought out, and you have a tasty, low fat meal!

Carrot_Lemon SaladCarrot Lemon Salad

This was a great side for the pot roast, but would be even better with a filet of salmon (the fresh dill and lemon go perfectly with salmon). Either way, the recipe is fresh, easy to make, and great way to get a serving or two of veggies!

Roasted Veggies

Roasted VeggiesNothing is better than comfort food on a cold, dizzily day, and not too many foods are more comforting than pot roast and roasted veggies. Yes, I did say comfort food in a blog about healthy recipes! The roasted veggies recipe calls for potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips, and onions, providing a variety of veggies and nutrition! Also, cooking the veggies separate from the pot roast was a great choice. The veggies stood up on their own, instead of sharing the same flavors of the pot roast.

Yet again, this is another meal I will make in the future. I am pleasantly surprised at how many times I get to repeat that statement! To all of you who contributed to creating these recipes, thank you!

The count is now 10 recipes. So, I will be cooking plenty this week, and will continue to share my thoughts. Hope you are enjoying these recipes as much as I am!

A Hike That Rocked More Than Just My Muscles

Our guest blogger, Kathy, has been continuing her 2014 resolution to try a new hike every month. Here’s her installment for the month of July:

After accomplishing the hill climb that was Mt. Pisgah for my last hike, I decided to choose one that would challenge me even more. Since we had plans to be in the Sisters area (Central Oregon), I chose Smith Rock. If you’ve ever passed it from Highway 97 near Terrebonne, you’ll know that it rises ominously up out of the landscape, with several jagged points across its top. Let me just say that it’s MUCH bigger from the parking lot near the many different trail heads than it is in passing from Highway 97. Perhaps I was a bit overconfident.

I started off anyway, with Brian, my ever-positive and encouraging partner—though I think this time, he was hiding his own apprehension about the climb. We choose (gulp) the Misery Ridge Trail. Looking at the trail from afar, there appeared to be one steep section, then a turn around a corner to a more modest incline. Of course, when we rounded the actual corner, we learned that that the more modest incline was a complete visual deception. It was actually very steep, leading up to an even steeper section, even with switchbacks to soften the blow.

At this point, we thought of turning back. Even some of the younger folks with their brightly colored sweat-wicking shirts were huffing and puffing. But here’s the thing: I had challenged myself to COMPLETING 12 hikes—I didn’t want to quit on this one. And thanks to my goal—I didn’t give up!

Slowly and steadily, we made it to the top for a breathtaking view of the high desert around us—then down the back side, with views of the Three Sisters and Mt. Bachelor. The view was worth every ounce of sweat that dripped off my brow. The hike rocked not only my muscles, but my resolve, and the reward was not only the view, but the powerful feeling of accomplishment. Can’t wait for the next challenge!

Smith Rock