March 2013

Member of the Month: Musa Hasan

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 March 2013 is Musa Hasan. Congratulations, Musa!

How did you start your wellness lifestyle?
I love martial arts, but being really big makes it hard to perform certain roundhouse kicks. So I began a daily stretching routine, after which I started adding cardio and weightlifting, and eventually morphed my diet to tie it all together.

What have you accomplished thus far concerning your health?
As of now I am 196 lbs of lean muscle mass. I have been working out for about 9 months now. My body composition is changing and my stamina is 30% more than what it was before.

What are your future wellness endeavors?
My future plans are really to make eating right and working out a lifestyle.

Hometown?
Gradybaby!

What types of hobbies and interests do you have outside of exercising?
Swam martial arts and boxing, swimming, reading poetry at Apache café and Java Monkey, and billiards.

Fun fact about you:
I was the biggest kid from kindergarten to high school and could not fit in a regular desk.

Favorites:

  • Favorite food: Thai
  • Movie: Any martial arts film/Lake House
  • Sport: Basketball
  • Exercise: Pushup
  • Music: Neosoul

Article of the Month: Shape Up Your Plate

Balancing Proteins from Animal and Plant Sources

Usually when people think of protein they think of meat, poultry, seafood and eggs. Other really good sources of protein include beans, peas, nuts, seeds and soy products.

Although most Americans receive adequate protein in their diet, it is important to choose foods that are lean or low-fat. Plant sources of protein are naturally low in saturated fats and are high in fiber. For animal sources of protein, choose lean cuts of meat and keep cooking simple: try grilling, roasting, broiling or baking without any added oils or fats.

It is recommended that adults eat 5-7 oz of protein/day. One ounce of protein is equivalent to about 1 oz meat, poultry or fish, 1 egg, 1/4 cup cooked beans, 1/2 oz nuts and seeds, or 1 tablespoon of peanut butter. Remember to eat a variety of protein sources throughout the week!

Get Your Cup “in Shape”

What do you drink when you are thirsty or need a quick pick-me-up? Soda? Latte? Koolaid? While these sugary drinks may be tasty, they can really pack on the pounds while contributing very few vitamins or other healthy nutrients to your diet.

Did you know that consuming 100 extra calories each day can cause you to gain up to 10 pounds of extra body weight in a year? A 16oz bottle of soda has about 200 calories! Replacing that soda with water, coffee made with low-fat milk, or water with a splash of fruit juice will help get you and your cup “in shape.”

To find out the amount of calories in your favorite beverages and learn more about how to rethink your drink, visit the following website: www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/drinks.html

Recipe: Kale and Potato Hash

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups torn kale leaves
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cooked shredded potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:

  • Place kale in a large microwave-safe bowl, cover and microwave until wilted, about 3 minutes. Drain, cool slightly, and finely chop.
  • Meanwhile, mix horseradish, shallot, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Add the chopped kale and potatoes; stir to combine.
  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the kale mixture, spread into an even layer and cook, stirring every 3 to 4 minutes and returning the mixture to an even layer, until the potatoes begin to turn golden brown and crisp, 12 to 15 minutes total

Quote of the Month

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

-Unknown

Health Observances of the Month

  • National Nutrition Month
  • National Peanut Butter Lovers' Day (3/1)
  • Sleep Awareness Week (3/4-3/8)
  • Celery Month
  • First Day of Spring!