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PacificSource Health Plans Donates 50 Free Youth Entries to "Happy Little Kids Run" in Bend - 05/15/17

(Springfield, Ore.) May 15, 2017-- PacificSource Health Plans is donating 50 free entries to the Happy Little Kids Run held on Saturday, May 27, at the Riverbend Park in Bend, Ore. The Happy Little Kids Run is part of the Kids Rock the Races series held throughout 2017.

To receive a free entry to the Happy Little Kids Run, parents need to enter the promotional code "PSHappyKids" when registering their child at http://happygirlsrun.com/registration/. The first 50 registrants to use the code will have their race fee waived.

The Happy Little Kids Run offers age-appropriate running distances for youth ages 3 to 10. Kids ages 3-4 will run a 50-yard race beginning at Noon, kids ages 5-7 will run a 500-yard race at 12:15 p.m., and kids ages 8-10 will run a 1.5K race at 12:30 p.m.

"Community races are a great way to combine fun and fitness, and we believe all children should have the opportunity to participate," said Kate Wells, director of wellness and community health strategy for PacificSource. "PacificSource is all about improving the health of our communities, so we're happy to support local events that get youngsters moving."

Additional upcoming Kids Rock the Races events include:

* Little Hopper Root Beer Run (Bite of Bend), June 24 -- promo code: PSRootBeerRun
* Balloon Blast Kids Race (Balloons Over Bend), July 29 -- promo code: PSBalloonBlast
* Bend Fall Festival, Oct. 7 -- promo code: PSFallFest
* Little Monster Miler (Monster Dash), Oct. 28 -- promo code: PSMonsterDash

Please note: all dates are subject to change.

About PacificSource Health Plans
PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, regional, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Springfield with local offices throughout Oregon, and in Idaho and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs 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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PacificSource's 6th Annual Healthy Life Schools Challenge Returns to Springfield and Bethel School Districts on May 8th - 05/05/17

University of Oregon three-sport standout Jordan Kent to Speak at School Assembly

(SPRINGFIELD, Ore.) May 5, 2017--PacificSource Health Plans' Healthy Life Schools Challenge returns to the Springfield and Bethel school districts May 8 through June 5. The four-week challenge rewards schools in each district whose faculty and staff replace the greatest number of high-calorie snacks each day with servings of fresh fruits and/or vegetables. The elementary, middle, and high school staff that consumes the highest percentage of fruits and vegetables will each receive a $1,000 donation from PacificSource to be used to support health and wellness efforts within the winning school.

The Challenge will engage the district 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 in healthy eating and active living to students. Participants will receive complimentary fruits and vegetables from PacificSource each week during the Challenge to help each school get a head start. In addition, students will be able to separately track at home their own strides in making healthier choices.

"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."

A kickoff assembly for the Challenge will be held at Springfield's Page Elementary School on Monday, May 8 at 9:30 a.m. Former University of Oregon three-sport standout Jordan Kent will be the featured speaker.

All district staff are eligible to participate in the Healthy Life Schools Challenge.

About PacificSource Healthy Life(TM):
Through collaboration with individuals, organizations, academic institutions, and other key stakeholders, PacificSource Healthy Life(TM) 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 http://healthylifechallenge.org/Challenges/

About PacificSource Health Plans
PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, regional, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Springfield, Oregon with offices throughout the state as well as locations in Idaho and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs 900 people, serves more than 280,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.


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PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement Provides $500,000 Grant to the Unity Center's Peer Support Program - 05/03/17

(Springfield, Ore.) May 3, 2017-- The PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement has provided a grant of $500,000 to the Unity Center for Behavioral Health's Peer Support Bridger Specialist Program. The Unity Center is a 24-hour behavioral and mental health services center located in Portland, Oregon that provides psychiatric care, and a path to recovery, for adults and juveniles who are experiencing a mental health crisis. The Foundation's grant will be distributed over a five-year period from Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2021.

The Unity Center's Peer Support Bridger Specialist Program features "Peer Bridgers" who serve as peer support specialists. These specialists work with patients to create a bridge between the Unity Center and community providers, as well as help patients access other community resources.

"We are so pleased to be part of the Unity Center's collaboration and to help support community-based care and peer-delivered support," said Marian Blankenship, executive director of PacificSource's Foundation for Health Improvement. "The Bridger Specialist Program works with some of the highest need patients that come through the Center's door. That speaks strongly to our Foundation's ongoing mission to promote community health improvement guided by the touchstones of better health, better care, and lower costs."

The Unity Center for Behavioral Health is a collaboration between four major regional health systems: Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health Foundation, and Oregon Health and Science University, as well as 45 community partners.

The Unity Center is open 24 hours and is located at the Legacy Health Holladay Park campus at 1225 N.E. 2nd Ave in Portland, Oregon.

About PacificSource Health Plans
PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, regional, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Springfield with local offices throughout Oregon, and in Idaho and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs 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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