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Summer Jog
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Exercise triggers brain cell growth and improves memory

Recent studies by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) shed new light on a link between exercise and memory. By exercising regularly, you can increase your ability to retain learned and new information. Scientists examined the muscles during exercise to determine which proteins are released. The studies revealed that a protein called cathepsin B is released during aerobic exercise. The protein travels to the brain after being released. Cathepsin B triggers new brain cell growth, scientists believe this is key in the link between memory and exercise.

Researchers discovered an increase in the protein cathepsin B when examining mice who regularly ran on exercise wheels. The mice who exercised produced greater amounts of the protein than the mice that did not exercise. Further, mice that released cathepsin B displayed better results in memory tests than the mice that did not.

Dr. Henriette van Praag, a neuroscientist at the NIA states, “Overall, the message is that a consistently healthy lifestyle pays off.” In humans, the release of cathepsin B is also triggered by exercise. This means that simply increasing physical activity can aid in an individual’s ability to perform better on complex tasks and memory retention.

To read the full article click here

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Disaster Kit
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The Great Oregon ShakeOut

When it comes to natural disasters, sometimes it feels like there is nothing you can do. So, why worry? Even though an earthquake cannot be prevented, shakeout.org has developed ways to help protect ourselves and loved ones during an earthquake. Shakeout explains that Oregon lies between two tectonic plates in a constant state of collision. The 600 mile long fault line known as the Cascadia Subduction Zone spans from California to British Columbia.  After years of pressure and slow movement the plates will rip apart causing massive earthquakes.

In order to protect ourselves during a large earthquake, shakeout.org has organized a worldwide earthquake drill. In 2015 over 43 million people participated in the shakeout.  This year on October 20th at 10:20 a.m. another worldwide drill is set to take place. At this time, over five million U.S. participants are signed up, and the numbers are growing daily! In Oregon alone, there are nearly 25,000 individuals registered for the drill. The top three participating areas are as follows,

1)      Washington County

2)      Marion County

3)      Multnomah County

How to Participate in The Great Oregon ShakeOut

Visit shakeout.org and enroll to participate with millions of others worldwide. Then, on October 20th at 10:20am follow the four recommended steps below.

1)      Drop, Cover and Hold on: Don’t waste time, Drop to the ground. Cover yourself; find shelter under a nearby desk or table. Hold on tight for one minute.

2)      Now, take a look around, imagine what would be happening around you in an actual emergency.

3)      (optional) Practice what your next steps would be following an earthquake.

4)      When you are finished, talk with coworkers, friends or family about what you learned, and your disaster plan.

Participation will be tracked through online enrollment. Individuals, as well as businesses, schools and nonprofit organizations can all take part in this amazing opportunity.

For more information regarding The Great Oregon ShakeOut and other useful disaster information click here.

 

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bike commute challenge
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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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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.

Fireworks

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: www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/fireworks

Source: Portland Fire & Rescue

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Join the conversation for healthy living at myappleaday.com. Powered by Moda Health.
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My apple a day is now on Pinterest – Follow us!

Did you know that we have a new My apple a day Pinterest board?

Interested in healthy recipes, new fitness ideas and motivation? How about worksite wellness resources and information on Moda Health? It’s all there. I’ve even pinned some of my favorite things about living in the Pacific Northwest.

See the new “Pin it” button when you hover over the left hand corner of the photos on our site? Click on this and you can even pin your favorite posts to your own Pinterest board.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, head there now (pinterest.com/myappleaday). And feel free to follow us!

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PDX
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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: www.worksitewellnesssummit.org. 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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Photo by Gavin Tapp
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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