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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.


  Feature photo by  Global X

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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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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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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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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World Cancer Day – Purple Your Profile

Please join me in welcoming Lindsey as a very special guest blogger today! Lindsey is also a part of the wellness team here at Moda. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology, Lifespan Development. Lindsey is also a Certified Child Life Specialist and a Certified Family Life Educator and has extensive experience working with children and adults in the healthcare setting.

Hello My apple a day readers! Today is World Cancer Day!

World Cancer Day is different than some of the other days related to cancer. The purpose of World Cancer day is to reduce the stigma around cancer and squander myths about cancer all through the use of social media. By talking about cancer we can educate each other about signs and symptoms of this terrible disease. We can also help to debunk myths and support one another. Read More

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Oregon 4th of July Events – 2013 Edition

What are your plans for the July 4th Holiday and weekend? This year, try something new and join a walk or race. It’s not too late to sign-up!

There is everything from trail runs to a kid’s fun run, a Portland running city tour and even a Special Forces challenge for adventure seekers. Of course there are the traditional 5K, 10k and marathon distances as well.

Here is a list of many of the events around Oregon this coming holiday weekend. Get out, enjoy the holiday and have some fun!  


4th of July Fun Run-Boardman – 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk, Boardman, OR

4th of July Run 4 Freedom 5K and Kids Run – 5K run Central Point, OR

Ashland 4th of July Run – 10K run Ashland, OR

Butte to Butte 10K – 10K run, 4.5M walk Eugene, OR

CAT Walk & Fun Run – 5K run, 5K walk Hillsboro, OR

Firecracker 5K – 5K run, 5K walk Prairie City, OR

Foot Traffic Flat Marathon & Half Marathon – 26.2M run, 13.1M run Portland, OR

Freedom 5K – 5K run, 5K walk Molalla, OR

Freedomthon – 5K run Beaverton, OR

Funky Foot Race and Kids Boardwalk Dash – 13.1M run, 10K run, 5K run, kids run Brookings, OR

ORRC 4th of July Run/Walk and Kid’s Run – 4M run, kids run, 4M walk, 5K walk Wilsonville, OR

Recycle Run – 8K trail run, 5K trail run, 8K walk, 5K walk Sisters, OR

Spark Your Heart 5K Run – 5K run, 5K walk Bend, OR

Tilikum Trail Run – 5K trail run, 1.6K walk Newberg, OR

GORUCK Challenge – 12H adventure race Portland, OR

City Running Tours Portland Brew Pub Running Tour – Portland, OR

Hagg Lake Tri & Du – triathlon, duathlon Forest Grove, OR

Lostine River Run – 10K run, 5K run, 1M run Lostine, OR

Smith Rock Sunrise Summer Classic – 13.1M run, 10K run, 5K run Terrebonne, OR

Stars and Stripes Marathon – 26.2M run, 13.1M run Beaverton, OR


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Oregon Walking & Running Events – Come join us!

Do you want to improve your physical fitness AND the financial fitness of your favorite non-profit? Good news, we have a way you can do both!

Over the next couple of months, ODS is sponsoring several non-profit walking events around the Portland area. Get outside, have some fun, and support a great cause. Mark your calendar for these important dates:  Read More

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Take the Bike Commute Challenge this September!

Well, today is a record day. I rode my bike to work! Does this mean that I am now a true Portlander? I have several coworkers that ride to work from my neighborhood and today I decided to join in. This is just in time for the September Bike Commute Challenge. Just like me to start something new then go full throttle. Perhaps you and/or your company should participate in the Bike Commute Challenge too!

Each year in September the Bicycle Transportation Alliance offers commuters in Oregon and SW Washington a chance to take the Bike Commute Challenge (BCC).  Join the friendly competition – workplace against workplace – to see who can bike to work more during the month of September. The workplaces with the highest percentage of commutes by bicycle during the month win! 

Last year 18 ODS employees participated in the BTA’s Bike Commute Challenge and rode a combined 2,887 miles. Read More

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Fourth of July Firework Shows in Portland And Washington – Stay Safe!

It’s that time of year again, firework stands are up in my neighborhood and it brought back childhood memories of summertime with my family. There is one family story in which my Grandmother almost lit her hair on fire, quite literally. Although it is a funny story now, we need to be reminded that fireworks are dangerous and should be treated seriously with full caution.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the majority of all fireworks-related injuries occur during the weeks prior to and after the Fourth of July holiday. In 2008, seven people died and an estimated 7,000 were treated in emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries in the United States. Children under the age of 15 accounted for the majority of these incidents. This is not surprising when you consider that a sparkler, which most people consider to be safe, can burn at up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and a common, illegal, explosive, the M-80 has been responsible for the loss of fingers and hands. What an eye opener!

In addition to injuries to humans, an estimated 22,500 reported fires were started by fireworks in 2008, causing $42 million in property damage. This July 4th, consider leaving the fireworks to the professionals and enjoy an injury-free holiday.

What will you be doing this year for July 4th? Let us know below! I might watch the show on the Waterfront. posted a great list on their website of fireworks shows in and around Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington. Check them out here. If you choose to do your own fireworks, see our safety tips below.

How and why do fireworks-related injuries occur? Read More