January 2013

Member of the Month: David Bloomquist

The Member of the Month section provides a way for us to recognize dedicated Blomeyer members who have been working hard and cosistently to get in better health and shape with the help of the BHFC. If you know a fellow Blomeyer member whose efforts should not go unnoticed, please tell us!

To nominate someone, please send us an email at blomeyer@emory.edu with the name and a few highlights of the person you'd like to see as our next Member of the Month.

The Blomeyer Member of the Month for January 2013 is David Bloomquist. Congratulations, David!

How did you start your wellness lifestyle?
Four years ago I was overweight, had high blood pressure, and was pre-diabetic. My doctor told me to make some changes. More importantly, I didn’t feel good about myself. I started walking a bit. My walks became longer. Then I started jogging. My daughter convinced me to try running a 5K race. I ran part, walked part. Something started to click. My goal became to run a 5K without slowing to a walk. 5K’s became 10K’s. I ran my first Peachtree Road Race four years ago with my daughter, though she left me behind. I decided to start taking training seriously, and the rest, as they say, is history.

What have you accomplished thus far concerning your health?
I’ve lost 65 pounds, got off of the blood pressure medications, and reduced my waist size by six inches. In the past year I’ve run four full marathons and five half marathons. I’m a volunteer coach for the Atlanta Track Club.

What are your future wellness endeavors?
Most of my goals are about running. I’m always trying for a new “PR” (personal record). I’d like to break 20 minutes for a 5K and four hours for a full marathon. I’m considering trying a mini-triathlon. I’d like to beat James in FitTrip, but I’m more likely to win the lottery ;-)

Born in Urbana, IL. Raised in Doylestown, PA (just north of Philadelphia).

What types of hobbies and interests do you have outside of exercising?
Photography is my passion. I did it full time for a while years ago, and I still take lots of pictures, looking for that perfect shot. I also enjoy messing with computers when I have the time.

Fun fact about you:
I have three Master’s degrees.


  • Favorite food: Veal parmigiana
  • Movie: Silent Running (drones before there was Star Wars)
  • Sport: Football
  • Exercise: Running, spinning, working the weight machines
  • Music: Most anything 70’s – Moody Blues, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, etc.

Article of the Month: FitTrip 2013

FitTrip 2013 is just around the corner! This 12 week body transformation program offers the motivation and FUN you need to develop and begin a healthy lifestyle!

For $75 (new participants) or $71 (for 2011 and 2012 participants) you will receive:

  • 2 hydrostatic weigh-ins
  • 1 FitTrip 2013 t-shirt
  • 1-on-1 meetings with your travel agents to review results
  • 1 nutrition seminar with a registered dietitian
  • 1 guidebook to keep you on track
  • goal setting tips and review
  • and OF COURSE... the chance to win a $1000 American Express Travel Card!

The weigh-in dates are Friday, February 8th and Tuesday, February 12th so don't delay! Stop by or call the front desk to SIGN UP or ask any questions!

Recipe: Steamed Artichoke


  • 2-4 whole artichokes
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Fresh garlic


  • Cut stem from artichokes and discard, making sure the bottom of each artichoke is flat. Cut top 1 inch (or so) of the artichoke and discard. Snip the thorny ends from each artichoke leaf with a pair of kitchen scissors.
  • Fill the bottom of a pot with a couple of inches of water, adding garlic, lemon juice, and bay leaf to the water. Place a steamer basket in the pot, making sure that the water does not flow over the bottom of the steamer basket.
  • Place the artichokes in the basket, resting on the flattened bottoms.
  • Bring water to a boil, cover the pot, and cook until the leaves can be easily pulled from the artichoke, 20 to 30 minutes.
  • To eat, pull off a leaf and scrape the meat off the tender end with your front teeth. Dip the ends of the leaves in lemon juice and melted butter if desired. When you reach the center cone of purple prickly leaves, remove it. This is the choke that protects the heart. Scrape away the thistle fuzz covering the artichoke heart. The heart is the meatiest part of the artichoke and is delicious!

Quote of the Month

To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June.

-Jean-Paul Sartre

Health Observances of the Month

  • Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • Volunteer Blood Donor Month
  • New Year’s Resolution Week (1/1-1/4)
  • Healthy Weight Week (1/22-1/25)
  • Artichoke Month