Monthly archives of “August 2014

couch potato
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Couch Potato Challenge – can you move it?

I have decided that from now on, I will post a weekly challenge. It will be anything from fitness to arts and crafts, to trying something new. For me, a challenge is a great motivator and gets me to try new things.

As much as I hate to admit, I watch too much TV when I should be getting active. So this week I have decided to challenge myself, and all of you, to try doing a workout during TV commercials.

Your short workout can be anything from sit-ups, burpees, push-ups, or jumping jacks. Choose whatever seems the most fun to you!  I will be doing a combination of sit-ups and squats. I have also decided to count how many I do throughout the next week so I can challenge myself to do more the following week.

Get the family involved and whoever does the most sit-ups, push-ups, or your choice of exercise, will get to pick the next workout!

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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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bento box
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Back to school lunches made easier with the bento box method

Summer is coming to an end which means it’s time to send the kids back to school.  Healthy lunches are important for kids to do well in school. Try using the bento box method for packing healthy school and work lunches.

Bento boxes can be used to divide your lunch into portions. Bento boxes are divided in four different sections  to make it easier to create your meal. What should be in these four sections?

  1.  Protein: One section of the bento box should consist of some sort of protein like turkey,        chicken, hummus, or eggs.
  2.  Carbs: This section should have your choice of a carbohydrate. Try a whole wheat tortilla, pita bread, brown rice, whole wheat bread or crackers. There are many healthy options so choose the one you or your child likes best.
  3.  Veggies: Don’t forget the vegetables! Try tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, celery sticks or a combination of them all!
  4.  Fruit: Fruits are the last portion of the bento box.  Grapes, strawberries, oranges, and apples are all great choices for your bento box lunch.

Running short on time? You can pack bento box luches a few days ahead of time to make your morning easier. Make it a family activity by having everyone make their own bento boxes with all their favorite healthy foods!

Try your own bento box lunch combinations throughout the school year and share them with us below!

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ice bucket challenge
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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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pink facekini
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Facekinis – Would you rock this new fashion trend?

Have you spotted the latest fashion trend hitting the beaches? The Facekini is making a big splash in China, and making its way to the U.S.

Facekinis were originally designed for Chinese women to keep their skin looking fair. This is a foreign thought for Americans who chase a tan all year round.

Most Facekinis range from about 3 to 5 dollars. Here is a site I found with many different color options at Buy Facekini Online. There are also college themed Facekinis coming soon!

Would you rock this new fashion trend? Or, does it scare you a little bit? Give us your thoughts below.

And for those of you that would not wear a facekini, remember to put on the sunscreen (SPF of at least 15) not only on your body, but on your face as well. For additional tips on sun protection check out the Rights and Wrongs of Sunscreen Use.

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robin williams depression
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A tribute to Robin Williams and help for those with depression

When I heard the news of Robin Williams passing away yesterday, it broke my heart. When I was little my favorite movies to watch were Hook and Mrs. Doubtfire. I still watch these today and they never get old.

Robin Williams was a talented man, and even though he was famous, he suffered from depression. According to Williams’ representative,  he had struggled with this for a long time.  Depression is something that a lot of us go through, but some experience it at a longer rate than others. Robin Williams was one of those people.

There is help to those who need it. If you are suffering from depression, Moda Health has tools that can help you. There are health coaches and a behavioral health team ready to assist. They may even help with quitting tobacco or alcohol and pain management which often accompany depression. Check out the Moda Health depression flyer for more information.

Robin Williams was a man of many jokes and funny words but also inspiring ones as well. I will leave you with a quote on Robin Williams explaining his passion for acting. “All the new people you meet, it’s pretty amazing. The vampire needs new blood. And there is still a lot to learn and there is always great stuff out there. Even mistakes can be wonderful.”

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The Water Challenge – Do you have what it takes?

Today I am challenging you to drink more water. We all know water is important to keep us healthy. The thing is  most of us do not get enough of it. With this in mind, I am challenging you to simply drink more water.

If you are anything like me water it is not your go-to beverage of choice. There a few ways I have learned to sneak more water into my daily routine. Here are few:

  • Add your favorite fruits for flavor (I like strawberries and kiwis the best)
  • Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up
  • Have a fun color or printed reusable water bottle
  • Have a glass of water with every meal

The amount of water we need varies person to person. The stand by  of 64 ounces (8 cups) is a good goal to strive for.

So drink up! Challenge yourself over the next few days to drink more water.  If you take the challenge, report back here with your tips on adding more water to your day.

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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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