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Health In Oregon

Feb 17, 2008
A diet and a healthy lifestyle are two very different things. People in Hollywood diet but people in Oregon are healthy and more and more Oregonians are getting healthy. "In the last year alone Portland moved from number 17 to number 9 on the "Americas fittest cities" list in Men's Magazine. Maintaining a fit or healthy lifestyle in Oregon is easy! For one, Oregonians love their outdoor activities, regardless of the weather conditions. Oregon is also never short on organic products and healthy foods both on the menu and in grocery stores. If you need support with your new life style, help is just are the corner, literally. Oregon was not always so health conscious though, but over the last decade Oregon has made many improvements!

In 1971 Oregon passes the "bike bill" which was the first of its kind anywhere in the country. By passing this law, Oregon took a giant step toward healthy living. In 2001 3.8% of people were biking to work at least three days per week to according to Oregon.gov. Other fitness activities have also increased over the years. The Nike Hood to Coast Relay Marathon is the largest relay race in North America. It began in 1982 with eight teams. By 1999 it reached capacity of 1,000 teams. If the weather is bad or if running or biking isn't really your thing, there are plenty of hiking trails, gyms, countless dog parks, ski lodges and hunting seasons where all activity levels and weather conditions are welcome.

Portland had one of the highest percentages of organic food buyers in 2007 (27%) which only just trailed San Francisco (35%) and Seattle (37%) according to Vegetarianorganicblog.com. Seeing this demand, grocery stores met with a supply of organic products, a health food section and stocking Trans fat free items. As early as ten years ago, many grocery stores either did not offer items such as tofu or soy and if they did, the cost was excessive. Now with the increased interest in these products, stores have answered with sales in these items. Grocery retailers are not the only ones seeing the growing health trend, restaurants see the benefit to healthier choices as well.

National chains such as Applebee's and Red Robin are offering alternatives for dieters and health nuts a like. Applebee's was one of the firsts to offer Weight Watcher menu items and Red Robin offers meat substitutes for all their burgers. Often those who are trying to be healthier avoid eating out because typically there are few healthy choices besides a salad on menus. Let's face it salad is boring when steak and potato are on the menu. But now with these new special menus, dieters can feel confident eating out instead of feeling committed to another boring salad.

If achieving a healthy lifestyle is difficult to do on your own, help is just a phone call, or in Oregon's case, just around the corner. In Salem alone there are five Weight Watcher sites, a Jenny Craig and a LA Weight loss center all within a five mile radius. This is not including all the private organizations such as Salem Weight Management Center. All of these companies have one thing in common, they all want to help as many people as they can be healthy for life.

While the weather might be temperamental at times, there is no denying Oregonians are health nuts and die-hards when it comes to getting out and getting fresh air. Oregon's healthy lifestyle trend is not likely to change anytime soon. Stop trying to silence the voice in your head telling you to get out and become healthy.
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