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Monday, October 02, 2017

PacificSource’s Annual Healthy Life Schools Challenge Comes to Jefferson County School District Oct. 2-27

(SPRINGFIELD, Ore.) Oct. 2, 2017—PacificSource Health Plans’ Healthy Life Schools Challenge comes to the Jefferson County School District Oct. 2-27. The four-week challenge rewards faculty and staff that replace the greatest number of high calorie snacks each day with servings of fresh fruits and/or vegetables. The school staff that consumes the highest percentage of fruits and vegetables will receive a donation of up to $3000 from PacificSource to be used to support health and wellness efforts within the participating schools. 

The Challenge will engage school staff to improve their health by increasing awareness, access, and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as creating opportunities for teachers, faculty and staff to set good examples and share information on healthy eating and active living to students. Participants will receive complimentary fruits and vegetables from PacificSource each week during the Challenge to help the schools get a head start. 

“We know that health begins where we live, learn, work and play,” said Kate Wells, PacificSource director of wellness and community health strategy. “We also know that education achievement and health are linked, and this program is designed to build on that dynamic in a way that motivates teachers, students and families.”

All Jefferson County school staff are eligible to participate in the Healthy Life Schools Challenge. The elementary school with the highest participation will receive healthy Halloween snacks from PacificSource at the end of the challenge.

About PacificSource Healthy Life™

Through collaboration with individuals, organizations, academic institutions, and other key stakeholders, PacificSource Healthy Life™ facilitates the adoption and maintenance of positive health behaviors in four key areas: physical activity, healthy eating, smoke free living, and stress management. With programs throughout the Pacific Northwest, Healthy Life is a leader with regard to wellness initiatives that improve the health of the people in the communities that PacificSource Health Plans serves. For more information about PacificSource Healthy Life, visit HealthyLifeChallenge.org/Challenges

About PacificSource Health Plans

PacificSource is an independent, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides a wide array of fully insured, administrative service, and government health plan products. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Springfield, Ore. with local offices throughout the state, as well as in Idaho and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs more than 900 people, serves more than 300,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit pacificsource.com.

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Last updated 10/2/2017