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.


Why do You Walk? Here are the Answers!

Yesterday concluded our last “Walk it Off Wednesday” of the summer! These past three weeks we asked, “Why do you walk?” We received some really good answers… some completely honest, some humorous, and some profound. Here they are for you to enjoy!




“Bike to the Ballpark” Hits Helena

1017101_397834396983110_1723229863_nSummer and baseball fit together like “Bert and Ernie.” Sure, one of them alone is great (and pretty darn lovable in the case of Bert and Ernie), but as a combo, they’re unstoppable! In Helena Montana, the beautiful summer weather is the perfect excuse to get outdoors and catch baseball games with the Helena Brewers.

But to really take advantage of the gorgeous Helena summer, we wanted to take it one step further. That’s why we partnered with the Brewers to produce Bike to the Ballpark. We figured that the game would be a great excuse to get some exercise on your way, so we created a promotion to make it fun. Here’s how it works:

Step 1) People meet at the PacificSource office (Great Northern Town Center) on bicycles.

Step 2) Anyone who shows up ready to ride can enter to win a new bicycle.

Step 3) The whole group rides to the ballpark, parks their bikes at the stadium, and enjoys the game.

The last Bike to the Ballpark is Sunday, August 18 at noon (game starts at 1:05 p.m.). It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s a fantastic way to burn some calories before the game. So if you’re in Helena, we’d love for you to stop by.

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