February 2013

Member of the Month: Jessica Adams

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 February 2013 is Jessica Adams. Congratulations, Jessica!

How did you start your wellness lifestyle?
My co-workers encouraged me to try some of the classes at Blomeyer and I found that I really liked participating and forming the friendships with other members (and of course the staff!)

What have you accomplished thus far concerning your health?
I’ve lost weight and increased my energy and flexibility.

What are your future wellness endeavors?
To keep up the motivation! I am really enjoying the classes I’m taking and the work I’m doing and want to make sure I don’t fall off the wagon!

Hometown?
Batavia, IL

What types of hobbies and interests do you have outside of exercising?
I’m an avid reader, and I love going to the movies.

Fun fact about you:
I am addicted to trivia! I know a lot of useless information :-)

Favorites:

  • Favorite food: Thai, Thai and more Thai!
  • Movie: Harry Potter (really the whole series)
  • Sport: Not really a sports girl
  • Exercise: Anything abs-related and yoga
  • Music: Sheryl Crow

Article of the Month: American Heart Month

The American Heart Association designates February as American Heart Month (perfect month for heart health, right?). Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. The organization's hope is that people will become more aware of heart health and work to educate themselves about cardiovascular disease and how to help prevent heart disease. One good way to help prevent heart disease is through the food we eat -- and the food we shouldn't eat (or at least cut back on).

Good-for-you foods

We all might take for granted that we know what healthy food is (and isn't), but it's always good to get a reminder. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for a healthy diet, get your fill of whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy products (instead of the full-fat kind). Keep your meats lean, if you eat them, and add fish, beans, legumes and nuts to your diet, too.

Reach for something else

Unfortunately, many snack foods we love are filled with stuff we don't want or need. That includes trans fats and saturated fats. Even if your favorite box of cookies or crackers says "reduced fat," take another look. Read the labels and keep an eye out for those items.

Steer clear of foods high in cholesterol, sodium and added sugars (found in drinks, too), and foods with trans fats and saturated fats, or at least try to keep them to a minimum. Sodium sneaks up often in prepared foods like soups or microwave and frozen foods, as well as in fast food.

Heart-healthy snacks

When snack time sneaks up on you, be mindful of what you grab! Along with fruits, veggies and a variety of nuts, check out this list of healthy snacks!

  • Veggies and hummus
  • Soup
  • Mini pita pizzas
  • Fruit and chocolate
  • Yogurt and nuts
  • Peanut butter sandwiches

Recipe: Cauliflower Mash

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into small florets (about 6 to 7 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add cauliflower and cook until very tender, about 10 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid and then drain well and transfer cauliflower to a food processor.
  • Add oil and reserved water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and puree until smooth. (Or, mash cauliflower with a potato masher).
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Quote of the Month

Keep your faith in beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the Spring when it is gone.

-Roy R. Gibson

Health Observances of the Month

  • American Heart Month
  • International Friendship Month
  • National Wear Red Day (2/1)
  • Valentine's Day (2/14)
  • World Pistachio Day (2/26)