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Civil War Challenge benefits Healthy Beginnings

By KTVZ.COM news sources
Published On: Oct 28 2013 07:19:18 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 28 2013 07:28:31 PM CDT

The third annual PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge commenced on Monday, uniting Ducks and Beavers statewide in a friendly competition to encourage, achieve and take an active role in healthy living.

By pledging to take part in the PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge, which runs Oct. 28 through Nov. 25, participants will be taking steps toward making themselves and their community healthier, while raising funds for four Oregon non-profits in the process.

PacificSource is asking Beaver and Duck fans to pledge to go healthy for 30 days in one of the four categories: healthy eating, tobacco cessation, stress reduction, or physical activity. From October 28 through November 25, Duck and Beaver fans can visit healthylifechallenge.org to take the PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War pledge, which can include one or more of the following healthy habits:

? Get Moving: Add 30 minutes of physical activity per day

? Eat Healthy: Eat at least five servings of fruit and veggies per day

? Kick the Habit: Go smoke and tobacco free

? Sleep Well: Reduce stress by getting eight hours of sleep each night

? Relax: Practice deep breathing or other relaxation techniques for a few minutes each day

“There’s no doubt the Civil War is one of college football’s great rivalries, and we have some of the country’s best college football fans,” said Mike Parker, the radio voice of OSU Beavers Football. “If each fan commits to making a small lifestyle change during the Healthy Life Challenge, together we can have a meaningful impact on the health of our communities.”

For every pledge received, PacificSource Healthy Life will donate one dollar, up to $10,000, across four nonprofit organizations that provide prevention and wellness programs. This year’s beneficiaries of the Healthy Life Civil War Challenge are the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis, Morrison Child and Family Services in Portland, Eugene Family YMCA, and Healthy Beginnings, which serves Central Oregon. Healthy Beginnings is a 21 Cares for Kids partner

“It’s never too late to start making healthy choices,” said Jordan Kent, the former football, basketball and track & field star from Oregon who now runs the Jordan Kent Skill Camps for kids. “Though I’ll be rooting for my fellow Ducks, everyone wins just by participating and by making healthy choices over the Challenge month and in the months and years that follow.”

PacificSource has long been committed to improving the health of its members and the communities it serves. The Healthy Life initiative is part of PacificSource’s commitment as a community-based health plan to lead, advocate, and collaborate to help build healthier communities by providing a means of support to positively impact health behavior change.

To learn more about PacificSource Healthy Life and take the Healthy Life Civil War pledge October 28—November 25, visit www.healthylifechallenge.org.

About PacificSource Healthy Life™:

Through collaboration with individuals, organizations, academic institutions, and other key stakeholders, PacificSource Healthy Life™ facilitates the adoption and maintenance of positive health behaviors in four key areas: physical activity, healthy eating, smoke free living, and stress management. With programs throughout the Pacific Northwest, Healthy Life is a leader with regard to wellness initiatives that improve the health of the people in the communities that PacificSource Health Plans serves. For more information

about PacificSource Healthy Life, visit pacificsource.com/healthylife or contact Alexa Shook at ashook@pacificsource.com.

About PacificSource Health Plans:

Ranked “Highest in Member Satisfaction Among Commercial Health Plans in the Northwest” by J.D. Power and Associates in 2013, PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Eugene, Oregon, with local offices throughout Oregon, Idaho and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs 700 people, serves more than 300,000 individuals, and has 6,200 employer clients throughout the Northwest. PacificSource Community Health Plans, Inc. is a subsidiary of PacificSource Health Plans and markets Medicare Advantage products under the name PacificSource Medicare. For more information visit pacificsource.com.

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