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:

Couch to 5K_four week_family guide

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!

The Return of Weird Wellness Trivia

Here we go again! Is there anything more fun than random wellness trivia? Nope. If it’s your first time taking one of our wellness quizzes, just take the quiz, check your answers below, and see if you’re a wellness wiz!

1) Most fast food restaurants use three distinct colors in their advertising because they stimulate hunger. Can you name those three colors?  

Color

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2) Which age group requires the most sleep?

  • Teenagers (13-19)
  • Adults (25-55)
  • Seniors (55 and older)
Sleep

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3) What is the lowest SPF level somebody should use to effectively prevent sunburns?

  • 2
  • 15
  • 30
  • 50
Sunscreen

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4) Cruciferous vegetables are widely considered to be the healthiest vegetables people can eat. Which of the following is a cruciferous vegetable?

  • Carrot
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower
Veggies

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5) Pepper is the top-selling spice in the world, what comes in second?

  • Mustard
  • Garlic
  • Cayenne
  • Paprika
Spices

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ANSWERS:

1) Red, Yellow, and Orange. Believe it or not, psychologists firmly believe that warm colors stimulate hunger in your brain. Crazy science!

2) Teenagers. Since teens are growing and developing at a rapid rate, most doctors believe that teens need almost as much sleep as an infant. So if you think your teen is being lazy by sleeping in, cut them some slack.

3) SPF 15. SPF 15. A sunscreen of SPF 15 blocks about 93% of UBV rays which is usually enough to prevent burning. A sunscreen of SPF 30 blocks about 97%. The benefits of using anything above SPF 30 are miniscule.

4) Cauliflower. Broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and bok choy are other cruciferous veggies, also known as “Super Veggies.”

5) Mustard. Ok, so this isn’t really wellness related, but we thought it was a really cool trivia question. It’s food related, so why not!?

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!!