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.

 

Sharing Healthy Ideas at The Pear Blossom Festival

MEDFORD PEAR BLOSSOM (6)In Medford, OR, nothing brings out the crowds like the Pear Blossom Festival. The event marks the beginning of spring, and while we attend the event every year, it’s really, really nice when the weather cooperates. This year, we posted up with a “Share Your Healthy Ideas” banner, and simply asked people to give us their ideas for living a healthy life. As we always do, we had a flood of incredible ideas.

We also offered some of our favorite healthy “spring time” recipes, some fresh produce, our wellness trivia game (complete with a nifty Plinko board), and we gave away some of our handy salad shakers to the winners.

It’s an amazing event, and our team in Medford had a blast. Thanks to everyone who stopped by! Here are some more snapshots from the event:

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Hey Boise, It’s Time to Take Back Your Lunch!

TBYL Graphic_BlogRemember how great it was to be a kid? You didn’t have the responsibilities of an adult, you could eat whatever you wanted, and you got a lunchtime recess! Well, we can’t take away the responsibilities and we don’t recommend reverting to your childhood diet, but we can help with the lunchtime recess!

PacificSource Health Plans, 94.9 The River, and Boise Parks and Rec have joined together to present Take Back Your Lunch! Every Wednesday (starting today) in April and May, we’re encouraging people to ditch their desk and take back your lunch hour at Capitol Park from noon until 1:00 pm.

Take Back Your Lunch ConceptWe’ve all worked through our lunch hour, and while you might feel like you’re the employee of the year, it’s actually really unhealthy to sit at your desk for long periods of time. And, studies have shown that a mid-day workout can boost productivity, energy, and creativity. So we’re asking anyone in the downtown area to join us for lunch, take a walk through Capitol Park with Misty from 94.9 The River, and enjoy some healthy snacks and water. We’re sure that the people who join us will go back to work with a little less stress and a lot more energy!

We’re challenging YOU to channel your inner child and Take Back Your Lunch. Your lunch hour is yours, so make sure to enjoy it!