The Healthy Life Schools Challenge

Jordan and Kids Centennial Elementary School AssemblyHealthy Teachers + Healthy Students = Healthy Life. That’s the idea behind the third annual PacificSource Healthy Life Schools Challenge. Teachers and faculty from two school districts in Eugene/ Springfield, OR (Bethel and Springfield) have come together to compete in a month-long competition to find out which school (elementary, middle and high school) can eat more healthfully and get active. Now through May 10, more than 35 participating schools will compete in the wellness challenge to show us how they live a healthy life by replacing unhealthy snacks with fresh fruits and veggies and following the ‘Run/Walk for My Healthy Life’ Couch-to-5K program to train for local races. To help motivate teachers and students to run or walk a 5 kilometer race, PacificSource Health Plans is offering free entries to these races: Casa/Re/Max Champions 6K and Miles for Meals 15K, 5K and 1 Mile. Here’s a look at our ‘Run/Walk for My Healthy Life’ Couch-to-5K program:

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J Kent and Kid with CapeAssemblies were held at an elementary and a middle school in Eugene to kick off this year’s Healthy Life Schools Challenge activities. Former University of Oregon three-sport athlete Jordan Kent rallied students to get involved in the challenge by encouraging their teachers to eat fresh fruits and veggies and by training for a 5K race.  Kent also shared some tips on the benefits of heating healthy and getting plenty of exercise. Jordan is the founder of the Jordan Kent Skills Camp for boys and girls ages 6 – 12 that offer life skills education and instruction in football, basketball, and soccer, Jordan Kent.

Of course, the most important prize for teachers is that they’re improving their health and setting a good example to students. But, to add a little incentive, a $1,000 prize will be awarded to the elementary, middle and high school that consumes the highest percentage of fruits and vegetables.  School winners are encouraged to use that prize money towards improving the health of their school.

To learn more about the Healthy Life Schools Challenge or see how your school can get involved, visit HealthyLifeChallenge.org.

A Healthy Life Starts With You!

You Pledge to “Go Healthy,” We’ll Give Money to Oregon Charities

TheCivilWarSeries_Banner AdWelcome to the PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge! From Oct. 28 through Nov. 25 we’re encouraging University of Oregon Duck and Oregon State University Beaver fans to step up, and pledge to live a Healthy Life at HealthyLifeChallenge.org.

By committing to take simple steps to improve your lifestyle, you can help your team – Ducks or Beavers – win the PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge while also helping to improve the overall health of your community.

For every pledge to “Go Healthy” this Civil War, PacificSource will donate $1 to a charity of your choice. Charities include:

We’ll be tracking to find out who gets more pledges: Ducks or Beavers. So sign up, get healthy, help your community, and (most importantly), help lead your school to victory!

Healthy Schools Challenge: The Kickoff

IMG_6294On Monday, I was brought in on my first event as the PacificSource intern, the Healthy Schools Challenge!

We were invited to have our kick off at Dos Rios Elementary School in Springfield, OR. Having not been inside an actual elementary school since about eight years ago, it was a trip. However, the children were really excited that we were there, and their principle is a rock star health and wellness promoter.

The Healthy Schools Challenge is a month long event promoting – you guessed it – health and wellness. More specifically, focusing on eating fruits and vegetables. The teachers who work in Bethel elementary schools, and Springfield elementary schools, will be provided with a medley of fruits and vegetables every week (provided by our friends at Organically  Grown) for the next month, and they will have to log into our website, in order to keep track of how many vegetables they eat in a week and what kind of things they are doing to stay active.

With special guest Jordan Kent  – former Duck and NFL footbal player – the event was a major success. It was a really heart warming experience to see these kids get so amped up about eating healthy and staying active.

While we were there, we met with kids who had participated in the Veggie U program (a program that lets students grow vegetables in the their classroom) last year, and they were more than happy to tell us about how they stay healthy and active. The students also gave us a great tour around their school garden, complete with cabbage, carrots, and a compost bin. Needless to say, we taste tested our way through the whole thing.

This was just the kick off event and the kids were so excited and attentive, I cant wait to see the results at the end of the month. Also, since the fruit and vegetable challenge is just for the teachers (who are incredible role models), we put together an essay contest for the students asking them ‘What helps you live a healthy life?’ The winner of this essay contest will get four tickets to the Duck VS Beaver baseball game in May, AND they get to throw the first pitch! I won’t lie, I’m definitely a little jealous and I’m eager to see the responses we get from students.

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To learn more about the challenge, check out HealthyLifeChallenge.org

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