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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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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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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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New food label – Added sugars

March is National Nutrition Month so it seems only right to continue with the topic of nutrition and the newly proposed nutrition label. Dominique Lopez-Stickney, a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian, was our guest blogger last week and will continue to share her thoughts throughout this month. Dominique is a Health Coach here at Moda and specializes in weight and diabetes management, and health behavior change. Read More

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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Portland

“Each week in Oregon 51 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 9 will die from the disease. It is estimated that in Washington each week 86 women are diagnosed with the disease and about 15 will die. Oregon and Washington have some of the highest breast cancer rates in the county, although the specific reason is unknown.” – 2009 Breast Cancer Facts, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Oregon and SW Washington. Click here to learn more about Portland’s amazing breast cancer community in the Sept/Oct issue of portand Women.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Oregon and SW Washington will be having their annual Race for the Cure on Sunday, September 19th in downtown Portland. Read More