Healthy Life Civil War Challenge

Walkers in a 5K

Walking is one way to add 30 minutes of exercise to your day (photo: Theresa Hogue)

The third annual PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge has begun, 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 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. 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 Health Beginnings, which serves Central Oregon.

For more information: www.healthylifechallenge.org.

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