Enjoy the Summer without the Burn

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The dog days of summer are here. For me, that means I’m soaking up as much sunshine and happiness as possible! I really do mean sunshine AND happiness—we get Vitamin D from the sun, and that increases our serotonin levels. Increased serotonin levels means increased happiness.

The flip side of getting your Vitamin D from sunshine is that you’re also getting an increased amount of harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Those are the rays that give you sunburns and are the main cause of non-melanoma skin cancers.

In order to enjoy the sunshine without the guilt and fear of getting sunburns, wrinkles, and potentially cancer, I follow these steps:

  • Wear sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Enjoy the sun, but bask in the shade.
  • Pretend that every day is derby day, and enjoy wide-brimmed hats.
  • Slather on 50 SPF sun screen ever two hours.
  • Hide behind protective clothing when I can’t find shade—like when I’m gardening or working in my yard.
  • Try to limit my time outside during the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., since this is when UV levels are highest.

For more ways to enjoy the sun without the burn, check out this infographic.

 

Infographic: 33 Ideas to Stay Healthy at Work

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Working in an office setting can be a wellness destroyer. For most of us, we sit too long, we stress constantly, and we eat garbage all day long (stress induced Gummi Bears are my personal Kryptonite). But it doesn’t have to be that way. Since I work in an office, and routinely make unhealthy decisions at work, I decided to ask a boatload of my coworkers how they stay healthy at work. Turns out, my pals had some incredible ideas, and I felt the need to share them with the world. All of these ideas came directly from PacificSource employees (aka “my work homies”). I hope this sparks some ideas for how you can live a healthy life during the daily grind.

If you have more ideas, please share them in our comments. And as always, please share this infographic with anyone looking for a healthy boost at work. Thanks for checking it out!

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A Workplace Wellness Success Story: Oregon Medical Group

Conquer WellnessHere’s the deal; we spend A LOT of time at work. On a standard business day, the average American working adults spends about 8.8 hours at their workplace. That’s more than half of your waking hours! While that might be a little super depressing, if you look at it with a “glass half full” point of view, there’s a big time opportunity; to get healthy at work!

Since we spend so much time at work, workplace wellness has become more important than ever. For most of us, our post-work obligations trump things like exercise, preparing healthy meals, and stress management. But if you can use those 8.8 hours and incorporate healthy activites into your routine, you can make some big strides toward healthy living.

If you’re looking for an organization that has embraced this concept, our pals at Oregon Medical Group are a perfect example. Oregon Medical Group is a medical provider that has clinics throughout Eugene and Springfield (Oregon), and their motives for workplace wellness go beyond just having healthy employees. Since they’re caring for patients and asking them to make healthier lifestyle choices, they felt a responsibility to serve as an example in our community.

take-a-walking-breakWhat is Oregon Medical Group doing to promote healthy living among employees?

Oregon Medical Group’s primary focus is about as simple as it gets; they’re encouraging employees to walk more. Using pedometers and incentives for tracking their daily steps, they created a culture of competition, teamwork, and fun within the organization. The goal for a healthy adult is to take about 10,000 steps every day. While the primary focus of Oregon Medical Group’s wellness promotion is around walking, any steps can count. So if employees wear their pedometers for things like sports, Zumba, running, hiking, etc. they’ll increase their chances at earning incentives.

Is it working?

You bet it is! Their success stories are phenomenal, and their walking program has garnered some attention in the media. Eugene based newspaper, The Register Guard did a full profile of the program. Check out the article here: Good business moves: Companies help employees stay in motion to improve health.

We’re so thankful to have partners like Oregon Medical Group, and we were thrilled to see their walking program get the positive attention it deserves. Let’s hope their positive example spreads throughout Eugene/Springfield.

Keep on stepping, Oregon Medical Group!