FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Kenny Weigandt, PacificSource
541-968-5527, kweigandt@pacificsource.com

Justin Yax, DVA Advertising & PR
541-389-2411, Justin@dvaadv.com

Pacificsource Health Plans To Recognize Thurston Elementary School For Its Commitment To Health At Oct. 17 Presentation

School to be recognized for winning Healthy Life Schools Challenge

(SPRINGFIELD, Ore.)—The staff at Thurston Elementary School has been declared the winners of the 2013 PacificSource Healthy Life Schools Challenge among participating Springfield and Bethel elementary schools for consuming the highest percentage of fruits and vegetables during this year’s challenge.

On October 17, Thurston staff will be officially recognized at an all school morning assembly. For its efforts -- more than 80 percent of staff members participated -- Thurston Elementary was awarded $1,000 for health and wellness initiatives, which it used to purchase McKenzie Mist water service for the school. WHAT: Thurston Elementary School staff will be recognized by PacificSource Healthy Life as the 2013 Healthy Life Schools Challenge winners during a staff meeting.

 WHAT: Thurston Elementary School staff will be recognized by PacificSource Healthy Life as the 2013 Healthy Life Schools Challenge winners during a staff meeting
 WHEN: Thursday, October 17, from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.
 WHERE: Thurston Elementary School
7345 Thurston Road
Springfield, OR 97478
 OTHER: In an effort to raise awareness of healthier eating and physical activity among students, faculty, and staff in the Springfield and Bethel school districts, PacificSource Health Plans last spring held a month-long Healthy Life Schools Challenge.

Of the nearly 600 teachers, faculty and staff who participated
between the two school districts, nearly 40,000 servings of fruits and vegetables were consumed, replacing 10,000 unhealthy snacks. Participants also logged 5,393 hours of exercise during the challenge.

According to Alexa Shook, director of Healthy Life for PacificSource Health Plans, the goals of the Challenge were to have teachers set a good example for their students and to convey that incorporating simple changes into someone’s diet and exercise routine can have a tremendous impact on overall health and long-term behavior change.

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Last updated 10/15/2013