Sharing Healthy Ideas at Women 4 Wellness

“Bowl of oatmeal and lots of water every day”

“Balanced eating, no extremes and exercise”

“Daily kisses”

“Play with grandkids”

“Walk for a half an hour or more a day”

“Dancing in my office”

“Eat veggies”

W4W-web-logosmaller-e1389223735811The women of the Flathead Indian Reservation and Lake County had plenty of ideas on how to live a healthier life and shared them with us at the 6th annual Women 4 Wellness in Pablo, MT. PacificSource joined with more than 90 vendors for the annual health fair for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. This fair improves the health of the area women through preventative education, health promotion, and 13 different free screenings and tests.  We were excited to participate this year and brought a “Share Your Healthy Ideas” banner. We asked people to share their ideas for living a healthy life and were inspired by the abundance of great ideas. Check out the snapshots from the event:

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Rising to the Commuter Challenge

Brown Betty parked outside the PacificSource office in Helena, MT

Brown Betty parked outside the PacificSource office in Helena, MT

If you happened to be standing at the corner of 14th Street and Main Street in Helena this morning, you might have heard a faint “wwweeeeeee!” as a brown blur buzzed by. That was me, happily zipping down the hill on my bike headed to work. My excitement was because I love going downhill and today was the first day of the Bike Walk Helena Commuter Challenge!

This is my third year participating in Helena’s bike or walk to work challenge that encourages Helenians to park their cars and get on a bike or tie on some sneakers for their daily commute. My goal this year is to commute 19 work days in May. (Two work days I’ll be traveling out of town and I won’t be headed to work on Memorial Day.)

To stay motivated, I’m reminding myself of a few of the benefits of biking or walking to work:

  • I get 30 minutes of extra exercise in my day.
  • I start my day happier and ready to be productive because I’ve gotten my heart rate up and my thinking juices flowing.
  • I get the time to admire the signs of spring like the lilacs and flowing crab trees on my route.
  • I get access to commuter challenge perks like free coffee on Mondays and free tacos on Tuesdays.

May is National Bike Month which means there are commuter challenges happening all over the country. Here are just a few:

No challenge in your area? Join the National Bike Challenge that runs May 1 to September 30 and tell us how you do. Happy commuting!

Veggie U expands to Montana

This spring Montana fourth graders got up close and personal with seeds, shoots, soil and even worms thanks to the Veggie U program. Six classes of fourth grade students across the state received a Veggie U kit that contained all the necessary tools to grow vegetables and learn about healthy eating. PacificSource started funding this program in 2010 in Oregon and Idaho and we were excited to expand it to Montana this year.

Students from Ms. Alberts’ fourth grade class at Kessler Elementary in Helena shared their favorite parts of the program. Check out the video below.

After their hands on experience planting, growing and harvesting vegetables, we’re hopeful that these students will continue to try vegetables and other new healthy foods.

If you’d like to nominate a classroom in your area to receive a Veggie U kit, complete this nomination form to tell us why your teacher and classroom would be a good fit for Veggie U.

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