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!

March of Dimes…Together We Can Help Babies!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe’re incredibly fond of March of Dimes. Their work has a simple, but incredibly important purpose, “Improving the health of babies,” and it’s a purpose we’re extremely proud to support. Every year, every PacificSource employee (across Oregon, Idaho, and Montana) has the opportunity to help our organization support March of Dimes thanks to our company wide fundraising campaign. As the leader of that campaign, our campaign chairperson, Linda, wanted to share what March of Dimes does for pregnant mothers and babies. Here’s the post from Linda:

Meet Linda!

Meet Linda!

Last week, I had the chance to attend the March for Babies 2014 Kickoff luncheon and inspiration was at an all-time high! I’d always known how important the organization was, but I learned a few things that really opened my eyes. At the kick-off, I learned a series of staggering facts about premature births; like the hospital costs associated with a premature baby is $50,000 versus the typical $4,000 for a healthy baby. I also learned that each year more than 5,200 babies are born prematurely in the state of Oregon; and that money raised by the March of Dimes goes to help fund research to prevent birth defects in infants. For example, Dr. Kryn Stankunas of the University of Oregon has conducted intensive research about heart valve development. This research will help combat heart defects which is the most prevalent birth defect in infants.

We are so motivated now to make this year’s campaign one of the best ever, and I hope that everyone will get involved and join us. Check out this year’s March for Babies Video for Southern Oregon and then go to the March for Babies website and register to walk…together we can help babies!!

The Get Out, Get Covered Tour

Get Out Get Covered_MillionideasYou might be thinking, “It’s after January 1, and I didn’t sign up for health insurance, I’m doomed!” Not to worry, there’s still time to get enrolled in health insurance. The deadline you want to mark on your calendar, March 31. That’s the deadline to get enrolled in coverage for 2014, and to avoid a tax penalty (for not having coverage). 

While it’s not too late to buy health insurance, we understand that buying it can be confusing. So, from January 13 – March 31 we’re headed out on a tour of Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, and coming to a neighborhood near you. Featuring 95 stops in 57 communities, the “Get Out, Get Covered” events will focus on giving you everything you need to enroll in a plan on-site, or give you enough information so you can buy insurance on your own.

Get Out, Get Covered Tour events will be held in a wide variety of settings. Venues such as community recreation centers, hospitals, and cafes will host daytime events, while restaurants, community centers, and other neighborhood gathering spots will host evening events. We’re trying to meet you where you already are. Specific dates, times, and locations, can be found online at http://www.GetOutGetCovered.com.

In case you’re wondering if we’re coming to your community, here’s a list of our tour stops:

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We hope to see you out! For more information, don’t forget to check: http://www.GetOutGetCovered.com.