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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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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Dog Days of Summer

The Dog Days of Summer… that hot, sultry time in late July and August when Sirius, the dog star, is the brightest star in the night sky; hence the name ‘dog days’. The Dog Days are that blitz of summer heat that brings on thoughts of summer’s end, school starting, vacation days that need to be taken, and … scheduling a day at the WaterPark! You could spend a day at the WaterPark for FREE. Enter the drawing for one of three sets of two tickets for Roaring Springs WaterPark in Meridian, Idaho, or if you work in Northern Idaho, a set of two tickets to Silverwood Theme Park. Don’t miss this opportunity to de-stress and chill!

How to Play:

  • Make sure you are registered and logged in to ChooseHealthMatters.com. If you are not already a registered user,  please do so in the right hand column by clicking on the “register” button.
  • Make a comment on this blog post, answering the question: “How will you spend your last month of summer?”

Winners will be drawn from all comments on Wednesday, 8/8/12 @ 11:30 a.m. MT. (If you work in Northern Idaho and prefer the Silverwood tickets, please note that in your comment.)

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