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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, 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, 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 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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John Martinez Pavliga
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U of O championship game – TBI Awareness month

As we anxiously await the 2015 college football playoff national championship game on tonight, we are rooting for a win, as well as a game played safely. As we tune in to the game,  we often cheer for the rough tackles, interceptions and sacks. The excitement of that moment’s first down overcomes our emotions. We get especially excited about winning that bet and having the ability to brag to our friends  when our team is better than theirs. However, keep in mind that real injuries may occur and the safety of the players is also important.

January is National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness month. This month, let’s take into consideration the risk that these athletes take for our enjoyment. We are happy that their safety is being talked about and that our teams are guided by the leagues with the necessary safety precautions in place.  Hoping for a safe game and an Oregon win!

The  University of Oregon Ducks play the Ohio State Buckeyes tonight, January 12th. Their last big game was in 2010 for the Rose Bowl in which the Buckeyes took home the victory. Oregon is looking for a win with their 2014 Heisman winning quarter back Marcus Mariota. 

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Pacific Crest Trail
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Go Wild – 4 tips to safe hiking

We all receive inspiration in many different forms. This can come from an experience, books or even watching a movie. In the film Wild it displays a woman who is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail on her own. She surpasses obstacles and creates a movement that motivates those who watch.  This leaves many of us anticipating on how we can accomplish a similar trip. Here are some tips to keep you safe while hiking:

  1. Disclose your location - Let people know where you will be hiking, the duration of your hike, who you are with and when they should expect you back.
  2. Watch the climate - Check the weather and be aware of the circumstances. There is nothing wrong with postponing a trip due to bad weather.
  3. Be prepared - Wear proper attire; carry supplies that you can anticipate to use (ex. First aid kit), have plenty of water available.
  4. Plan properly - Become familiar with the hike and stay on trail as best as you can. A map and compass are good tools to assist with direction.

The most important tip is to have fun and make the most of your journey. Take lots of pictures, and soak in the beauty of nature that is all around you.

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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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Tory Burch + Fitbit = Love

A new era of fitness bands have arrived! Earlier this week, popular fashion designer Tory Burch released a new accessory collection that will work with the Fitbit Flex. For the first time ever fitness trackers and fashion are now in perfect harmony.  I couldn’t be more excited!

As part of the collection there is a brass necklace, a brass bracelet (as seen in photo) and two decorative print silicone bands. The Fitbit Flex sensor simply pops into the jewelry and is concealed. When wearing it throughout the day it will track your daily steps, calories burned and even  your sleep cycles. Nobody will know that you are wearing a fitness tracker. It will be great for those that would like a little extra privacy in monitoring their health. As much as I love my Fitbit it gets a little bulky to wear it every day. I have a feeling that this jewelry fitness combo will be the first of many!

You can view all designs and preorder on either the Fitbit or the Tory Burch websites.  The Tory Burch line starts at $38 and goes up to around $195.  The FitBit Flex will continue to be sold separately for $99.

What do you think of this trend? Will you get one?

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Join us in Bend, OR - 
March 22-24, 2015
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Spring Break 2015 – Oregon School Employee Wellness Conference in Bend, Oregon

Save the date for the fourth annual Oregon School Employee Wellness Conference! Join us for 3 days in beautiful Bend, Oregon to mingle with school employees, public health experts, medical carriers 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. This conference isn’t for you if you like to sit in a lecture hall and listen to talking heads.  This conference is all about putting into practice what you learn. The OR SEW Conference is an opportunity to learn best practices to promote health and wellness in the school, learn strategies to reduce stress and foster resiliency and fuel your passion for health.  Physical activity and movement is incorporated into all of the presentations. Yoga, tai chi, runs and walks are also part of the agenda. Plus, doesn’t it always seem to be sunny in Bend, Oregon?

For more information, go to

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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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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 ( And feel free to follow us!

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my apple a day oatmeals
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In search for healthier foods

Over the past week I have been on a mission to eat real, whole foods. By this I mean fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and dairy products. It’s amazing how processed our food has become when you take a step back.

Much of the food we eat today contains refined grains (white flour), refined sweeteners (sugar, corn syrup, cane juice, artificial sweeteners) and are often deep fried or considered “fast foods”.  Basically, we think our food magically comes from a package. And on that package, we can’t even begin to pronounce the ingredients. Combine that with clever marketing skills and we are all in trouble.

Just this week alone, I’ve fallen for a few traps myself. I will admit that this morning I was running late for my day and picked up Quaker’s Real Medleys instant oatmeal. While the ingredients looked somewhat healthy…

Whole grain rolled oats, multi grain blend (whole grain rolled oats, rolled barley, whole grain rolled rye), brown sugar, whole grain rolled wheat, dried fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, nonfat dry milk, natural flavor, salt, citric acid

I knew from first bite that there had to be a lot of added sugars. In researching this later there may be up to 10 grams of added sugar in this oatmeal. And that made me feel taken advantage of. Why do food companies feel that we need added sugars, fat and chemicals to make us happy?

In reflecting on this topic, I urge you to join me. Take a look at the food you are consuming this week and ask yourself if it is made up of real, whole foods.

And if you find any sneaky foods along your journey this week, feel free to share below in the comments.

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Get your walk on – Just 10 minutes at a time

Many of us spend the majority of our day indoors in an office. That means sitting at a desk for up to 8 hours or more each a day. And this makes it difficult to exercise.  We know we are supposed to exercise, but when do we have the time?

Studies show that adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes (or 150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week. I know 150 minutes each week sounds like a lot of time, but you don’t have to do it all at once.

Go for a 10 minute brisk walk, 3 times a day, 5 days a week. This will give you a total of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity. How about you take a stroll to your favorite coffee shop on your morning break? Or host a walking meeting with your coworkers in the afternoon? Do you have a dog? I bet Fido wants a 10 minute walk too.

Give it a try! Write down a list of ways that you could accomplish just 10 minutes of exercise at a time. Makes this a goal for the week and report back here next week to let me know how it went.

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