Monthly archives of “November 2014

bike commute challenge
comment 0

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!

caption-arrow  Feature photo by clappstar

fresh fall fruits and veggies
comment 0

Fresh for Fall Challenge

Fall is a great time to think about  your eating habits and what you can do to make them a little healthier. Choosing fresh fruits and veggies can be a small step in making healthier choices, especially with all the holiday meals coming up!

There is no lack of fresh fall fruits or veggies that you can use. Challenge yourself to cook at least one meal this week with fresh fall fruits and veggies! In case you are at a loss of fresh produce options for fall, here are some options:

*Cauliflower                                                        *Apples

*Sweet Potatoes                                               *Pomegranate

*Pumpkin                                                               *Squash

If you want some healthy cooking ideas, check out Meals That Heal for recipes like candied sweet potato apples!

Candied Sweet Potato Apples

Do you have a recipe you like that uses one of these fresh fall fruits and veggies? Share it with me below!

caption-arrow  Feature photo by Faith Goble

stop diabetes
comment 0

Stop type-2 diabetes today

Are you at risk for type-2 diabetes? Take an easy test from the American Diabetes Association HERE.  After you finish the test, you will get information about what steps you can take next.

With obesity rates climbing, the number of Americans with prediabetes and type-2 diabetes is climbing too.

Being over-weight increases your chance of having type-2 diabetes. The good news, prediabetes is reversible when you choose to take action and make healthy choices. For a healthier lifestyle try to:

  • Eat a healthy diet low in saturated fats and sugar
  • Get active- even a little exercise can make a big impact
  • Maintain a healthy weight- see the pounds drop as well as your blood pressure and sugar
  • Kick the tobacco habit- quitting helps lower your risk for diabetes and heart disease
  • Check in with your doctor to get the right medications to help you take control of your diabetes

Knowing your risks can help you make healthy choices. What are some ways you are living healthy? Leave a comment and let us know!

caption-arrow  Feature photo by Robert Fornal

lung cancer awareness make a wish
comment 0

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.

caption-arrow  Feature photo byNeal Fowler