Turning the Civil War Rivalry into Healthy Pledges

MillionIdeas_thank youThanks to all those who pledged to ‘Go Healthy’ this Civil War!  From Oct. 28 through Nov. 25, Ducks, Beavers, and Oregonians statewide united in a friendly competition to take an active role in healthy living. By pledging to take part in the PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge, thousands of participants took steps toward making themselves and their community healthier, while raising funds for four Oregon non-profits in the process.

But… with all ‘friendly’ rivalries, there had to be a winner!

Congratulations to University of Oregon Duck fans for out pledging Oregon State University Beaver fans in this year’s PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge.

Photo courtesy of Alan Sylvestre, Oregon News Lab

Photo courtesy of Alan Sylvestre, Oregon News Lab

“Whether they root for the Ducks, the Beavers, or another team altogether, the Healthy Life Civil War Challenge is a way to unite all Oregonians around the common goal of living healthier by incorporating small but meaningful changes into their daily routines,” said Alexa Shook, director of Healthy Life for PacificSource. “And, while the challenge itself only lasts for a month, the HealthyLifeChallenge.org site is a year-round resource for ideas on how we can all incorporate healthier living into our everyday lives.”For every online pledge received, PacificSource Healthy Life donated one dollar to one of four Oregon non-profits that provide prevention and wellness programs. This year’s beneficiaries of the Healthy Life Civil War Challenge are the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis, Morrison Child and Family Services in Portland, Eugene Family YMCA, and Healthy Beginnings, which serves Central Oregon.

For more information on PacificSource Healthy Life Challenges or to get involved, visit healthylifechallenge.org

You Pledge to “Go Healthy,” We’ll Give Money to Oregon Charities

TheCivilWarSeries_Banner AdWelcome to the PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge! From Oct. 28 through Nov. 25 we’re encouraging University of Oregon Duck and Oregon State University Beaver fans to step up, and pledge to live a Healthy Life at HealthyLifeChallenge.org.

By committing to take simple steps to improve your lifestyle, you can help your team – Ducks or Beavers – win the PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge while also helping to improve the overall health of your community.

For every pledge to “Go Healthy” this Civil War, PacificSource will donate $1 to a charity of your choice. Charities include:

We’ll be tracking to find out who gets more pledges: Ducks or Beavers. So sign up, get healthy, help your community, and (most importantly), help lead your school to victory!

Kids Running Across Helena

IMG_0816Getting kids excited about exercise is usually pretty easy. Most kids love to get outdoors to run, exercise, and compete. As adults, it’s our responsibility to give kids as many resources and excuses to exercise as we possible can. Unfortunately, that’s proving to be an increasingly difficult task. With decreased physical education and more sedentary distractions than ever before, it’s becoming harder to give kids the “kick” they need to get moving.

That’s why a team of organizations in Helena, MT hosted a free, one-mile race for children of all ages.  The idea was simple; if enough kids pledged to run, the Helena community would find the resources to make it happen. As it turned out, more than 500 children signed up. It was game on!

IMG_0799Kids got a t-shirt, a warm up Zumba lesson, and then they were off! The competition was fierce, but regardless, everyone had a good time. While the race was the main attraction, there was also a Family Fun Fest immediately after the race. Families could watch their kids run, then enjoy health and wellness games, free admission to Exploration Works (a children’s science museum), and free carousel rides. The day was all about giving kids an excuse to have some fun, trying some new healthy activities, and get active.

PacificSource would like to thank St. Peter’s Wellness for serving as the driving force behind the event. We’d also like to thank the other partners that came together to make it happen. The YMCA, the Great Northern Town Center, Exploration Works, Downtown Helena, Great Northern Carousel, and Capital City Health Club were all incredibly generous with their time and resources to make this event a success. Working with so many like-minded organizations was inspiring, and the kids in Helena certainly benefited from the team work.

Here are some pictures to paint a full picture of the day:

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