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Obesity this, obesity that. So what is the big deal?

Obesity this, obesity that… Obesity is a word we all have heard, so what is the big deal?

One major issue with obesity is that for the first time in history, children have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.This information has shocked many and people all over the nation are taking action to change it.

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness month. To get ready for September the clip below from the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life program has been hitting the media stream. It shows a 32 year old obese man who is suffering from a heart attack. His life flashes before his eyes to show how he ended up on the ER table.

Did this video shock you?  Let us know what you think by commenting below!

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bike commute challenge
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How your transportation could be transforming your waistline

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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Ice Bucket Challenge – Cool off and raise awareness for ALS

Have you heard of the Ice bucket challenge? Simply put, dump ice cold water over your head and/or donate to the ALS Association. Even Justin Timberlake has dumped an ice cold bucket of water over his head to raise awareness.

Once you have completed the challenge you nominate 3 others to do the same. You can either accept the challenge, or donate 100$ to an ALS foundation of your choice. Doing both though are encouraged! Challenge your friends, co-workers, family today!

So what is  ALS? The full name is Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It  is a disease that effects your body’s ability to move and perform basic functions like eating and breathing. Currently, ALS has no cure.

If you aren’t up for this challenge you can always volunteer to support the cause.

We challenge YOU to raise awareness and take the Ice Bucket Challenge! Don’t forget to share your videos and thoughts with us below!

UPDATE: Moda Health accepted the  Ice Bucket Challenge! 20 brave employees were voted for this challenge by fellow coworkers last week. We were asked to put down cash to choose who we wanted to see take the challenge at our company picnic. The money raised was all donated to the ALS foundation. Way to go Moda employees!

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Cake blog
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You CAN have your cake and feel healthy too!

If you want to test my self-restraint just put a piece of cake in front of me. I have a huge sweet tooth, and with President Obama’s birthday being yesterday, it got me thinking that there must be healthier options for cakes.

I found a good list of  healthy cake recipes and substitution tips at Greatist.  I will share one with you because I cannot resist a good German Chocolate cake. Coconut and chocolate are two of my favorites!

Here is the healthy substitute recipe for the frosting:


  • 1/3 cup coconut milk (may use lite coconut milk)
  • 1 cup soy-milk
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water until smooth
  • 2 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans


  1. In a medium saucepan, mix the soy-milk, coconut milk, sugar, and vanilla together. Add the cornstarch mixture and cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. Cook for one minute after it boils. Remove from heat and stir in coconut and pecans.
  2. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes (mixture should still be warm) before spreading on cake.

I will be making the Healthier German Chocolate Cake for my family reunion over the weekend and will report back here with my taste test rating.

Try out one of these healthier cake recipes and let us know what you think!

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tobacco ban on beaches
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Putting out the flame on Oregon beaches

You are walking down Oregon’s stretch of 362 mile coastlines; the wind is in your hair, the sun is shining, you find a sand-dollar that hasn’t been broken and all your problems seem to drift away. Then, you see a cigarette butt floating in the water. Does this bother you? Do you look past it and keep walking down the sandy coastline?

Oregon Parks and Recreation has proposed a ban on the use of the cigarettes on Oregon beaches. If the law is passed, there will be no tolerance for smoking on the coastline. Cigarette butts are a major source of litter on the beach. With the ban, Oregon Parks and Recreation is hoping that they will find less cigarette butts on the beach to clean up.

Have an opinion on this? You can send in your questions, concerns and thoughts to until August 29th.  You can also visit the Oregon Parks and Recreation site for more information.

Don’t forget to leave us a comment and let us know what you think of the tobacco ban!

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World Hepatitis Awareness Day
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Think twice-World Hepatitis Awareness Day is July 28th!

Next Monday is  National Hepatitis Awareness Day, July 28th. This year is the 7th year that the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Hepatitis Alliance are partnering for National Hepatitis Awareness Day to bring awareness to viral hepatitis. The WHO recognizes viral Hepatitis as the world’s 8th biggest killer.

World Hepatitis Alliance and WHO are asking for anyone and everyone to tweet pictures that have made you think twice. Pictures can be anything from a saying,  cartoon, to a real life photo. Tweet your pictures to #thinkhepatitis if you want to raise awareness to viral hepatitis. You can also go to their website at to learn more!

Has there been something that has made you think twice about viral hepatitis?

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Legal vs. Illegal Fireworks in Oregon
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Legal vs. Illegal Fireworks in Oregon

From June 23 through July 6 last year there were a total 35 fireworks caused fires in the City of Portland. To add to that, it is estimated that about 8,700 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for fireworks related injuries across the United States in 2012.

I don’t want you to be another number in that statistic. Check out this helpful guide from the Portland Fire & Rescue.


When in doubt, leave the fireworks for the professionals. There are several impressive firework displays throughout the Metro Portland Area.

For more information on firework safety go to:

Source: Portland Fire & Rescue

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American Heart Association Worksite Wellness Summit – Sept. 17, 2014

Are you an employer in the Portland area? Do you have or want to start a wellness program? Join us at the American Heart Association’s Worksite Wellness Summit on September 17th at the Oregon Convention Center.

Moda is a Corporate Sponsor of this event and several of my team members have been busy with planning. From what I have heard, the focus will be on Total Worker Health – which has been a hot topic over the past year.  It’s all about bridging the gap between health and safety. Learn how to prevent injuries and illness while enhancing employee wellness.

Representatives from various backgrounds will be joining us so it’s a great place to ask questions and see what others are doing in their wellness programs. And if you are there, come by and say hello to our team. We’d love to meet you!

For more information and to register visit: As a friend of Moda Health, you can use the promo code 2014wwssponsor to receive 10% off your registration!

Worksite Wellness Summit


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Coming to a Grocery Store near You

Help me give a big welcome to today’s guest blogger Dominique Lopez-Stickney, a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian. Dominique is a Health Coach here at Moda and specializes in weight and diabetes management, and health behavior change. Today she shares her thoughts on the new proposed nutrition label.

This morning, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label to reflect the public health needs of the United States.  There will no doubt be many opinions about the proposed changes. As an informed consumer, here’s what you need to know:

  • Calories from Fat removed: Low fat and fat free used to be the craze. Now, we know that the type of fat we consume is more important to our health than the total fat.
  • Added Sugars inserted: The average American consumes around 300 calories per day of added sugars, which is triple the recommended amount.
  • Serving size changed: More realistic serving sizes for what Americans actually eat, displayed clearer, so it’s easy to know how many calories we’re eating. Read More
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Spring Break 2014 – Oregon School Employee Wellness Conference in Bend, Oregon

The third annual Oregon School Employee Wellness Conference is right around the corner, and you know what that means? Three days in beautiful Bend, Oregon to mingle with school employees, public health experts, medical carrier representatives and community members who are passionate about school employee wellness!

The Oregon Education Association Choice Trust in partnership with other organizations hosts a free two day conference that focuses on creating a culture of wellness in the school setting. Read More