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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Make time to take time.

Take Time

I was asked at a recent meeting to intro myself and share my vacation plans. Embarrassingly, I had none. I got the “pity look” from several people. It forced me to admit that vacations take planning and commitment; they don’t just happen. If I don’t plan it, it won’t happen. DUH.

I share this with you in the middle of May because it’s the perfect time for all of us to start planning…make a list of things to do, places to go – near or far – and people to spend time with. Grab your calendar, circle some dates, request the time off – now! Your plan will come together with a little work.

Most important!! – a vacation can be as simple as an afternoon off all by yourself, or a more adventurous trip involving other people. Your mission is to do something for you – go somewhere you like – spend time with people who relax or energize you. It’s about YOU!

Click on some of these tips to get you started…

Enter the WaterPark Contest!

Making a comment on this post, answering the question below, will automatically enter you into a drawing for FREE tickets to Roaring Springs WaterPark in Meridian, Idaho.

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 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2016 by answering this question: “What is your favorite one-day get away for a quick vacation?” You must be a State of Idaho employee to win tickets.

Update, 5/26/16: Winners of the drawing are:

  • Wendy R
  • Amorette Rosenthal
  • Rayt
  • Bgreenha

Winners will also be posted on Health Matters Stress Center webpage on June 1,  2016.

Join the conversation. It’s a great way to trade vacation ideas!

NOTE: IDOC employees are not able to register for blogs. IDOC employees may email their comments to healthmatters@pte.idaho.gov or click on the Blog Administrator. Their comments will be added to Make time to take time. by the Administrator; they will also be entered into the contest.

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Hunger Wars?

Fruits and Veggies

Having small wars when you try to get fruits and veggies into your family’s meals? It can be a buzz kill for kids to see half their plate covered in veggies when they’ve been eyeing the bread… Don’t give up! There are many ways to supplement your family’s diet with fruits and veggies – without bringing down the house. Here are some tips to make it more fun!

Read this month’s Success Story – The Hunger Games, Family Edition
Get the family involved – go to the local Farmers Market; have family members choose a new veggie each week
Keep fruits/veggies on hand and in supply, washed and ready to eat
Make low-calorie dips and spreads from yogurts, seasonings, and herbs. It makes veggies more fun!
Put fruits and veggies in a smoothie or frosty treat
Add veggies to mashed potatoes or soups

Share tips to make fruits and/or veggies a fun and welcomed part of your family’s day. Making a comment to this post will automatically enter you into a drawing for WaterPark Tickets!

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. 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 Hunger Wars by the Administrator; they will also be entered into the contest.

Make a comment on this blog post by 10:00 a.m. on 6/25/15 by answering the question, “What tips do you have to make fruits and veggies a fun and welcomed part of your family’s day?”… You must be a State of Idaho employee to win tickets. Winners will be posted on Health Matters Health Tools webpage on 6/26/15.

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

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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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