Is there an Olympian in you?

2016 Olympics

The Olympics are inspiring. They start slow and within just a few hours I am hooked – it’s the competition, the human grit, the challenge, the cheering for the home team. Watching the athletes makes me realize how amazing the human body is and what it can endure…to say nothing of the human spirit. Everything plays out in the Olympics – emotional drama, physical success and physical pain, elation and devastation, individual success and teamwork. What really stands out is the incredible determination, planning, goal setting, and confidence the competitors have; they believe they can do it! I believe we all have the potential to be an Olympian in our own world. Those characteristics are there; we just need to dig deep and find them.

This week I felt healthier just watching the Games…and, after Kristin Armstrong won her 3rd Gold Medal, I almost went out and bought a new bike! I have a renewed interest in my physical health from my nutrition to my activity level. In what ways do the Summer Olympics inspire you and your family to be more healthy?

Enter the WaterPark Contest!

How to Play: Make sure you are registered and logged in to ChooseHealthMatters.com. If you are not already registered, go to the column on the right. Click on “register” to get started.

Make a comment to this blog post by 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 by answering this question “How do the Summer Olympics inspire you and/or your family to be more healthy?”; your comment will automatically enter you into a drawing for a set of two FREE tickets to Roaring Springs WaterPark in Meridian, Idaho, or Silverwood Theme Park in Northern Idaho. Note: If you are interested in the Silverwood Tickets please add “North Idaho” to your comment. You must be a State of Idaho employee to be in the drawing for tickets.

Winners will be posted on Health Matters Stress Center on Thursday, August 25, 2016.

Join the conversation. It’s a great way to share wellness ideas!

NOTE: IDOC employees are not able to register for blogs. IDOC employees may email their comments to the Blog Administrator. Their comments will be added to Is there an Olympian in you? by the Administrator; they will also be entered into the waterpark drawing.

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Don’t just sit there. Move something!

Desk Movement

Fidget. Do a desk-top drum roll. Shrug your shoulders. Turn your head left and right. Walk to your neighbor’s cubicle. Do stapler arm curls or chair leg-lifts. Stand on one foot. Dance it out. Just put it in motion. Make it your motto – “Seated for 60? Up for 3!” A general lack of movement or physical inactivity may be as deadly as smoking.  It’s true. Putting your body on “stall” is damaging. Letting it sit and idle all day while working is poisonous to your health. To top it off, if your belly is growing, your work performance may be shrinking. All good reasons to get up and move! A sedentary office job is no excuse. Use the time you sit in a chair to do some discrete exercises. Stop waiting for a trip to the gym,  or an evening walk, or some great inspiration – just start moving! Get your co-workers involved. Share the activity you do to keep yourself moving at work. Make a comment on this blog post and you are automatically entered into a drawing for one of four sets of two FREE tickets to Roaring Springs WaterPark in Meridian, ID, or one of four sets of two free tickes to Wahooz Fun Zone in Meridian, ID. You must be a State of Idaho employee to win; drawing is 6/24/14 at 10 a.m. MST.

How to play:

Make sure you are registered and logged in to ChooseHealthMatters.com. If you are not already registered, go to the column on the right. Click on “register” to get started.

Make a comment on this blog post by answering the question, “What activity do you do to keep on-the-move at work?”… or, if you are just getting started with this idea, “What activity would you like to start to get moving during your work day?” You must be a State of Idaho employee to win tickets. Winners will be posted on Health Matters Stress Center webpage on June 24, 2014.

This is a great way to get ideas and to share what works. Join in the conversation. You could be a winner!

For more ideas on being active, visit Health Tools.

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Wellness Resource Winners

Healthy App

The winners of the Roaring Springs Waterpark and Silverwood Theme Park tickets are

smadsen: Map My Run and My Fitness Pal websites

reganberkley: Eating Well and Cooking Light magazines

sara: Calorie King website

Chelsea: Blogilates.com

alorenzo: Weight Watchers app and Health Status website

MiKe: My Fitness Pal

Check out the other entries on Wellness Resource Drawing. Try something new!

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Wellness Resource Drawing!

Healthy App

Do you have a favorite wellness resource, website, blog, or app? Maybe it’s a wellness newsletter or a website on walking, or running or biking. Perhaps your favorite wellness resource is an app for healthy cooking or stress reduction…or meditation. Share the name and location (e.g., web URL or app or magazine) of your favorite wellness resource, along with a sentence or two about why you like that resource. You will automatically be entered into a drawing for one of four sets of two FREE tickets to Roaring Springs Waterpark in Meridian, ID, OR one of two FREE individual tickets to Silverwood north of Coeur d’Alene, ID. If you are a North Idaho employee interested in the Silverwood tickets, add the words North Idaho, please to your post.

How to play:

Make sure you are registered and logged in to ChooseHealthMatters.com. If you are not already a registered user, please register in the right hand column. Click on the “register” button to get started.

Make a comment on this blog post by answering the question: “What is your favorite wellness resource, website, blog, or app?” Be sure to include a sentence or two about why you like that resource. If you are interested in the Silverwood tickets, add the words North Idaho, please to your comment.

This is a great way to learn what’s new in wellness resources – and what’s tried and true! Winners will be drawn from all comments on Thursday, 8/22/13 @ 2:00 p.m., Mountain Time.

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Contest Winners!

Healthy Choice

The winners of the Roaring Springs Waterpark ticket drawing are…

  • Football214: Cool Cucumber Salsa
  • hawsa: Two-ingredient Homemade Fudgesicles
  • almefam: Kale Chips
  • cathy208: Shrimp Cocktail Salad

Check out their recipes and all the other great entries.  This weekend is a perfect time to try something new!

Didn’t win, but still want to go to Roaring Springs? Watch for the next drawing in August, or go to Happenings to access the State Employee discount to Roaring Springs and other fun events.

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Enter the Contest!

Healthy Choice

Eating healthy during the summer isn’t always easy – the days are long and families are on the go. Planning a healthy meal can take time away from all the fun. So, let’s make it easier! Do you have a favorite healthy summer recipe?

Share the recipe and its ingredients on this blog and you will automatically be entered into a drawing for one of four sets of two FREE tickets to Roaring Springs Waterpark in Meridian, ID. 

How to play:

Make sure you are registered and logged in to ChooseHealthMatters.com. If you are not already a registered user, please register in the right hand column. Click on the “register” button to get started.

Make a comment on this blog post by answering the question: “What is your favorite healthy summer recipe?”. Be sure to include the ingredients and any special instructions.

Winners will be drawn from all comments on Thursday, 8/8/13 @ 1:30 p.m., Mountain Time.

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