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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Guest Blogger: Feeling Young at 60

Thanks to our pal, Sue for sending this guest blog post. Take it away, Sue!

Christie Brinkley was recently on the cover of People magazine, which is not notable, except she was in a swimsuit looking pretty darn good at age 60. Not too shabby!

Who? Why should I care? Even if you’ve never heard of former supermodel Christie Brinkley, my point is that this is the new 60. When I was a young thing, I pictured 60 as a pudgy little old lady baking pies, or a pot-bellied little old man on the couch in front of the TV with a beer. Over the years, I’ve gradually gained a different perspective. We all want to look good and be healthy no matter what our age. And you don’t have to be a celeb like Christie, Liam Neeson, or plenty of others to look fantastic at 60. This could be your 60.

The secret is that it’s not really a secret. It’s more like a wake-up call. To look good later, make your health a priority now and keep at it. You know the drill: quit tobacco, eat nutritious food, keep active, yada yada. It’s not that I have anything against pies, TV, or beer. Far from it! But I know I need to balance those occasional choices with making healthier choices most of the time. For me, that means eating more vegetables and less processed food, walking at lunch, and dancing my behind off at Zumba class.

Meet SueThe payoff. Okay. Most of us will never look like a supermodel or movie star. But working toward your own version of looking fantastic usually has the bonus of better health and feeling great. Think about how your own 60 could look: while your 60-something peers are spending big bucks on prescriptions and having to stop and rest half way up the stairs, you’ll save your money and have the stamina to sprint to the top of the stairs. You may not end up on a magazine cover (unless of course you are Christy Brinkley or Liam Neeson), but you’ll feel like you could be. When it comes to my 60, I hope to feel good about the way I look, and that’s not too shabby.


Learning the Ropes of Football at the Oregon Football Women’s Clinic

Sally and Helfrich

Meet our guest blogger, Sally with Duck head coach, Mark Helfrich. Despite being 8 months pregnant, she took to the turf at the UO Women’s Football Clinic.

For more than 10 years, the coaches and staff of the University of Oregon Ducks Football team have hosted a fun, informative evening of “Football 101” for women. And last night, I was able to join the festivities.  It was truly a ball, even though I had to forgo the wine from King Estate (which really adds to the atmosphere) due to current pregnant condition, it was a great evening of football and women.

I have a basic knowledge of football, and have been religiously following the Seattle Seahawks since I was 5 years old, but even with my background in football, I learned a ton last night! The coaches did a great job of introducing nuances of the game, and the ladies asked lots of really good questions. It’s safe to say I’m now qualified for 200 level football!

After snacking on typical Northwest  football fare (bbq ribs, salmon, shrimp and Caeser salad and crisp apples), we were divided into groups and represented by NFL Teams.  I was randomly, but painfully, placed on the Patriots (I can’t stand the Pats). Each team travelled between nine different stations where we met with the Defensive Coordinator, Offensive Coordinator and several assistant coaches to learn specifics on offensive and defensive plays, and learn the roles of the position players. We even had the opportunity to line up for a play. I juked the center and got to the quarterback. However, I’m pretty sure it was because nobody was going to block a woman who is 8 months pregnant.

To wrap things up, we got to tour of the amazing facilities at the University of Oregon. Including a  nutrition bar, treatment room, pilates equipment, and state of the art training equipment. It’s safe to say our Ducks train in style.

The evening was a blast, and I really appreciated the chance for a group of women to get together and share their love for what is traditionally a male dominated sport. With the emergence of Women’s Football leagues, women are taking a directly active and visible role in football playing.  But with the number of women present and knowledgeable at last night’s event it is clear that we have been around for a long time to support our teams, call the plays that should’ve been called and toss the old pigskin at half-time!