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What is manlier than a well groomed moustache?

November is Movember, a month long campaign focused around men’s health. The Movember Foundation is an international non-profit organization that is all about spreading awareness and raising funds for men’s health issues. Their main areas of focus are on are prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, and physical inactivity in men. Their cause is represented by growing a moustache (mo), getting active, or donating during the month of November. The Movember Foundation uses the funds that are raised to improve programs that save lives. Ladies are welcome to take part in the events as well, sign up and take the pledge to move  or donate during the 30 days of Movember. Below are facts about men’s health as well moustache facts, do your part and help spread awareness.

Men’s Health Facts

  1. 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
  2. Men 65 years and older are at a higher risk for prostate cancer
  3. 1 man out of 38 diagnosed will die of prostate cancer
  4. Half of testicular cancer cases are in men 20-34 years of age
  5. Most cases of testicular cancer can be treated and cured
  6. The highest rate of depression is in men 40-59 years of age
  7. 41% of men do not exercise enough

Weird Moustache Facts

  1. Mo is Australian slang for moustache
  2. There is a World Beard and Moustache Championship competition
  3. The average moustache has 600 hairs
  4. Albert Einstein had a moustache for over 50 years
  5. A man touches his moustache an average of 760 times a day
  6. Facial hair grows half an inch a month
  7. The world’s longest moustache is 14 feet long

There are lots of ways to grow, give and move for men’s health in November. Help raise awareness about conditions like prostate cancer, mental health and physical inactivity. Since 2003, Movember has raised $650 million and funded more than 1,000 men’s health programs around the world. Let us know in the comments below how will you grow, give, or move this Movember.

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to encourage women to take steps to early detection. Prevention starts with awareness, here are 10 facts you need to know.
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10 facts you need to know about breast cancer

As you may know it is that time of year when we start to see football players, basketball players and athlete’s alike wearing pink during their games, and for good cause! October is known to many as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is an annual campaign to increase awareness about the disease. Prevention starts with awareness, here are 10 facts you need to know.

  1. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
  2. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide.
  3. Even though it is rare, breast cancer can occur in men.
  4. Exercise at least 150 minutes a week to reduce your risk of breast cancer.
  5. Healthy lifestyle choices can help reduce the risk of breast cancer and other diseases.
  6. Minimize alcohol intake to control risk, no more than one alcoholic drink per day.
  7. Complete a breast self-exam once a month.
  8. Stop smoking to support overall health.
  9. Make your mammogram appointment a priority.
  10. Early detection and treatment is key in fighting breast cancer.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to encourage women to take steps to early detection. Together, we can bring the numbers down on breast cancer. We’re rallying with the Portland Trail Blazers during Moda Health Months to spread the word.

Join us in keeping breast cancer top of mind. Follow us at #modahealthmonths on Facebook and Twitter.

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It’s the first day of fall! What’s your favorite fall activity?

Welcome to fall. The days are slowly getting shorter, colder, and darker. You leave the house in the morning wearing a sweater and by the afternoon you may turn on the A/C but by the evening your lighting a fire in the fireplace. Halloween candy is showing up at the grocery store and thoughts of pumpkins and holidays are starting to creep in to your long term plans.

Fall is a wonderful time of year for you and your family. There are so many indoor and outdoor activities that families can do together. Here is a quick list of links to fall family activities.

  1. Guide to Oregon – festivals and events
  2. Oregon Live – things to do with the kiddos
  3. Northwest including Washington
  4. Seattle area

From football games to raking leaves there are plenty of fun things families can do together this fall. Take a few moments to share your favorite fall activities in the comment section. We’d love to know what memories you’re making with your family.

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Quick holiday safety tips

Winter holiday’s are one of my favorite times of the year. My family and I go and buy a tree to decorate, hang  lights, bake, head to the mountains, and shop till we drop!

The last thing on my mind is safety when I am having so much fun! Holidays are fun, but it is important to remember that there are also added hazards that you don’t have the rest of the year.  Some general reminders that I would like to share with you all to help you have a safe and fun holiday are:

  • If you purchase an artificial tree, make sure that it is fire resistant
  • Place fire-prone decorations like paper snowflakes, wrapping paper, and your tree away from electrical outlets and the fireplace
  • Be sure to keep small decorations and toys away from children as they can be a choking hazard
  • If your cooking or going out for the holiday, don’t eat food that has been sitting out for more than 4 hours
  • Try to stay as stress free as possible (hard to do I know)

Keep these quick safety tips in mind so you and your loved ones can have a happy holiday! Any safety tips to add to my list?

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Stress less this holiday season

Holidays can be as exciting and fun as they are stressful. If you are anything like me, you wait until the last minute to get all of your holiday arrangements together. This year I am attempting a new tradition: planning ahead!

Some tips I will be following this season that I hope can help you too are:

  1. Make a to-do list with what you have for holidays and what you still need (ex: wrapping paper, gifts, food, tags, etc.)
  2. Set a budget for your gift list and how much you plan to spend on each of your loved ones. This will help keep you from overspending and make sure everyone is taken care of.
  3. Wrap as you go, but leave the tags and bows for last so you can easily store them. If you don’t like wrapping, try using gift bags.
  4. Have some  back up gifts on hand in case you accidentally leave someone out.  Gift cards, cookies, or holiday mugs are always good options that everyone enjoys.
  5. Having a holiday party? Try cleaning the day before and leave the last minute things for the next day. Get your dishware ready to go, clean the restrooms, but leave the sweeping and kitchen for last!
  6. Take time for yourself. Holiday’s are stressful so you need to make time for you. Go for a massage, walk, or read a book. Do something that is just for you.

These are just a few ideas to help get you through the holidays this year! Have any tricks or tips that I didn’t think of? Let me know!

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How your transportation could be transforming your waistline

UPDATE: Moda Health came in 9th place for the bike commute challenge!  The 78 bikers who participated clocked in over 6,000 thousand miles, which is about equal to biking from Portland to Miami, and back again. Way to go Moda employees! To learn more about the Bike Commute Challenge and Moda Health, check out the article HERE.

September is coming which means we are gearing up for the Bike Commute Challenge. This event  challenges employees to stop driving and start biking to work. Many different companies in the area are competing against each other to see who bikes the most.

Not only does biking to work save you from car expenses, but a recent study shows that people who walk, bike, or even take the bus to work have lower levels of fat than those who drive! The average weight difference was about 6 pounds for men and about 5 pounds for women.

Try biking, walking, or riding the bus to work to cut your car costs and lower your risks of complications from obesity. Let us know how you get to work!

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Will you shine a light on lung cancer?

November already? How could it be?  October went by so quickly that November has sneaked up on me!

Lung cancer can be one of those things that can sneak up on you too. Help bring lung cancer to the spotlight for Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

The Lung Cancer Alliance is raising awareness by hosting its 6th annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer event. The event is on November 13th and is nationwide. You can participate by donating, sponsoring, hosting, or attending an event in your local community.

The link is provided HERE for events that have already been planned.  You can also click the link to learn more about hosting your own Shine the Light on Lung Cancer event.

Shine a Light on Lung Cancer provides our amazing community with hope, inspiration and support for those impacted by lung cancer and those at risk—from survivors to the newly diagnosed to loved ones to healthcare professionals to those simply wanting to help. You will learn about the latest advancements for lung cancer. You will hear stories of survival. And you will be connected with others in the lung cancer community.” -Lung Cancer Alliance

To learn more about lung cancer and  Shine the Light on Lung Cancer, you can go to the Lung Cancer Alliance webpage.

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Are you ready for America’s PrepareAthon?

Does your work, family and children’s school have a plan for emergencies? September is not only National Childhood Obesity Awareness month, but also National Preparedness Month.

My family has a plan in case of fire, but does not have a plan for other natural disasters such as earthquakes or floods. With the recent earthquake in California, Septembers National Preparedness Month couldn’t have came at a better time.

There are many resources out there to help you prepare for natural disasters, but  has a tailored program to have you ready for America’s PrepareAthon on September 30th.

This guide is tailored for each natural disaster and will help you be disaster ready by September 30th. Start making your disaster preparedness plan today, and don’t forget to register for America’s National PrepareAthon!

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Joan Rivers – Laughter is the best medicine

Sometimes life gets tough and you forget to laugh at all the little things, even yourself. Joan Rivers was no stranger to laughter. In one of her famous quotes she states, “never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.”

Joan Rivers did not know any boundaries when it came to her jokes, especially when it came to other celebrities. She knew that she was not exempt from being laughed at as well. She was her harshest critic and never failed to maker herself the butt of her own jokes .

Joan Rivers reminds me that  your attitude can make all the difference. There have been many mornings where I have forgotten something or poured coffee on my clothes.  I didn’t always laugh, but the times that I did made my  morning outlook a lot more positive.

So take a step back when you think you are having a bad day and find something to laugh about. This can be a funny picture, a memory, or laughing at yourself for some silly mistake you made earlier.

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CVS walks the talk

CVS, the second largest drugstore company in the United States, announced this week that they will no longer be selling tobacco products. Wave goodbye to cigarettes, chewing tobacco and cigars, and say hello to replacement therapies like gum and patches.

As if getting rid of tobacco altogether wasn’t a major change for the company, they will also be changing their name to CVS Health. This will show a full commitment to helping its customers live a healthier lifestyle.

We like to say here that you need to walk the talk. That can be anything from exercise, mental health, or quitting tobacco for example. We all know that smoking and using tobacco is bad, but often do not have the motivation or will to change.

Maybe the removal of tobacco products from drugstores is a small step to having an increasingly tobacco free population. What do you think?

Way to walk the talk CVS Health!

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